Owning a business can require a lot of hard work and dedication on your part. However, it also offers you more freedom and flexibility, which can be a rewarding lifestyle.
It doesn’t matter if you are a small business owner or freelancer working for yourself, there are actions you can take to make your life easier. In this collaborative/contributed post, you can learn more about how to have a positive experience when you are working for yourself so you can thrive long-term.
Stick to A Schedule
Being your own boss means that you need to have a lot of self-discipline and that you are well-organized. You’ll be in charge of setting your hours and deciding how long you want to work daily. Being able to stick to a schedule would be ideal because consistency is what builds a true business. Get organized and figure out which tasks require your attention the most and are a priority for you. The link takes you to a post with a more detailed way to organize your time, and the first thing on the list is to track your time! (...it's kinda like what I advocate around tracking your finances). Be sure to add self care to that schedule! Make sure you take breaks, drink lots of water, take walks, stretch, or just get into your body, to help you stay productive and focused as well.
Get Your Finances in Order
You can have a more positive experience working for yourself when you are organized financially speaking. If this isn’t your strong suit then you may want to look into hiring a financial coach (like me) and professional bookkeeping and CPA (Accounting) services. This will help you keep your finances in order, plan for the future, get your mindset right to make more in your business, and professional help can alert you to any red flags as it relates to your business and managing your money and books. Tracking your spending, checking your P&L statements and working together with a financial coach, bookkeeper and CPA will help identify areas where you may be able to cut costs and spending or identify the best time to spend on larger items or services, as well.
Hire the Right Help
You are only one person and only have so much time and energy to give. If you want to grow your business at all then you’re going to need a team of employees behind you that support your goals and mission. Although it may be one of the most challenging parts of running a business, it’s important that you focus on hiring the right type of help and know which positions you need to fill. Make sure the people you bring on board are a good fit for the job as well as a good fit for the company culture you’re trying to build.
Take Good Care of Yourself
Running a company or being a freelancer can be stressful and requires a lot of hard work. If you want to have a positive experience working for yourself then, as mentioned above, you should make self-care a top priority. Although running a business sometimes feels 24/7, it's so important to be able to manage your schedule and have a life outside of work. Commit to taking good care of yourself by getting plenty of sleep each night, exercising, and eating right. You’ll find that you have more natural energy and feel more composed when you make your health and wellness a priority.
Being a business owner can be a rewarding experience if you approach it right. You can’t wing it and hope for the best. You need a plan of action in place and to consider following these tips and suggestions. This way you can have a more positive experience working for yourself and making a living doing what you love.
If you also want more support, my business coach is hosting an intro class that’s 100% worth attending.
She’s going to share The Ripple Effect System, which is a cool, values-driven approach to business that just makes sense.
I’ve been in Dallas’ program for several years now and here’s why I love it so much:
- I’m no longer spinning my wheels to gain traction. I know what to do every day to move my business forward.
- I do not feel alone on this wild journey. Dallas’ coaching is the gold standard and the community she’s cultivated feels like a family.
- My business feels real. I’m making money, putting myself out there, and leading with my values every day, while putting self care at the forefront.
So, whether you decide you want to join The Hive or not, I really hope you’ll check out her free intro workshop because Dallas’ approach is such a breath of fresh air.
With Love & Gratitude,
P.S. This post from a fellow Hive member sums things up perfectly: