I bought this sign last year while shopping with my mother-in-law… the sad part about it is that SHE suggested it to me (I guess that was her way of saying she thought I was a little high maintenance…which of course I totally don’t agree with) ….but the sign cracked me up so I decided to go ahead and buy it ~ and now I proudly have it hanging up on my wall in my office. It reminds me to take things light hearted as much as possible ~ and to not always take myself so seriously! But that being said … today it reminded me of a tip I wanted to give you about running a business online and how to still enjoy time with your family while building your business….
Even though sometimes as people we can be a little high maintenance that doesn’t mean that our business has to be. One of the main reasons I started my business online was to make sure I had time to be with my kids as they are growing up (the older they get I am seeing how quickly it really does fly by!) But the more my business grew the harder it was to not become overwhelmed by stress and and just pure exhaustion from trying to build my business and take care of my family. So I knew I had to do something to change things because the very reason I decided to start my own business was starting to be neglected because there is just one of me to go around. So I made some big changes on how I was doing things and the results were awesome… so today I want to share with you some of what I did.
The first thing I did was make a list of all the things I do on a day to day basis to run my business. I included every task and approximately how long it takes me to accomplish it. Then I took a real good long look at every task to see first of all …was the task something I really needed to be focusing on (was it going to make me money?) Then if it wasn’t I crossed it off and put it on the back burner. Then I looked at every task again to see if it was a task that I could hand off to someone else to do for a reasonable cost ~ if I could outsource the task and it still became a money making task then I put it on my “Outsource List”. Doing just these two things freed up a huge amount of time for me … and made sure I was only focusing on tasks that will improve my business everyday.
After I decided what tasks I should focus on myself and what to outsource I started my research for great places to outsource. One of the great things about building a business online is the resources available to you, there are tons of places to find really talented people to work with! I also found this great course by Nicole Dean on everything you need to know about Outsourcing (if you haven’t heard of Nicole you should really stop by her blog and check her out ~ she really knows her stuff ~ and she’s funny too!)
Once I started outsourcing some of my daily tasks my business became a lot more manageable and I had the time I needed to grow my business and still be a great mom and wife (because to be honest for a while there I was really not doing a good job at any of it ~ I was way too overwhelmed!)
So if you are feeling at all overwhelmed with building your business all on your own ~ I encourage you to take a good hard look at what you are doing and see if there are any changes you can make that will make a difference in you and your family’s lives! I promise you it will be well worth it!
To Your Success!
The Marketing Momma
PS: Make sure to leave a comment below on how you stay sane when building your business ~ I would love to hear your tips!