Get Your Biz Sorted for Summer

Get Your Biz Sorted for Summer

Here we are just a few short weeks away till the kids break up for their annual 6 weeks summer leave, those that have the employed life will panic over who will have the kids and how much will it cost.

Whilst most self-employed business owners fret over the other side of the coin, not only the same ‘who will have the kids’ and ‘how much will it cost’ but also ‘can I afford to take time off this year’ not just financially but logically with all your work.

That is why I am running my series ‘Get your biz sorted for summer’ over the next few weeks I want to share with you hints and tips on how to get yourself prepared for taking time off, and NOT feeling guilty for doing so, lets face it we have all manners of guilt going on.

Identifying your Time-Wasters

We  all have them, every job I have had, whether its in the days of employment or since running my own business, there are always  ‘those’ tasks that just zap time like Pacman eating those yellow dots!

So what are yours? I asked this very question over on my Facebook Page this week, what would be on the top of your list?

Identifying those time-wasters or time-consuming tasks is key to moving forward, once we find what they are we can start making changes and helping you get some well earned time off over the holidays.

You don't have to touch every task in business

We have this notion that everything in our business, we have to do, and when we realise that it’s not the case, we still fight it, we still fight to ask for help, why? 

The problem is we have got so used to doing everything due to there being no-one else in your business to do it for you, so you have just plodded on, but as the business has grown, the workload has increased you are starting to feel the pressure. 

And this is when I get my torch and shine a very bright light on the fact you DON’T have to do everything in your business, and you DON’T have to touch every task either!

Sounds bonkers right! but it’s true, let’s take social media, yes you write your content, but that’s it! you could have someone else source the imagery, edit the content, make sure grammar and spelling is correct, schedule it onto whichever platform! 

Mind blown yet?

Stick with me over the next few weeks, I am not promising a full 2 weeks off fully paid holiday, but I am hoping to help you offset, add in processes and shift things around to help you carve out some precious time with the family, whether its a block of time or days here and there.

I want to be able to help you have some guilt-free time off from the business and come back feeling happy and refreshed ready for the last run of the year. 

10 Essential Pieces Of Software To Nail Your Biz Admin

10 Essential Pieces Of Software To Nail Your Biz Admin

I am an advocate for making sure we use things in business that is going to make our lives easier, benefit the time we have, and make our day to day tasks run more smoothly.

I also am a keen process implementer, I do feel that when we have to do things for our business and on a regular basis, having a process is key, this not only helps you to stay on track making sure you do all the right things in a specific way but also very handy should you hand certain tasks over to a VA for an example.

But, processes aren’t the only key aspect of making sure your business runs smoothly.  Also having the right tools makes a massive difference, but there are ridiculous amounts of tools out there that do the same thing, but having the time to research, compare and learn is the tricky part, so I have compiled a top 10 list of essential guide of what I feel are essential tools for your business:

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Working with your VA

Working with your VA

Horses for courses

With the use of virtual assistants on the rise in the UK, with more and more small to medium-sized businesses taking the opportunity to work with someone without having to pay employment fees.

These business owners are realising that having a VA on the books is a great way for progression and guidance, as well as the support that VAs give business owners.

Once you have got past the ‘should I or shouldn’t I’ question that quite often keeps you stuck and you start to work with one, you will quickly realise that it was the best investment you could make for your growing business.

With so many varieties of VA’s out there, you will never be shy in finding the perfect outsourcing solution, here are some different VA options:

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Staying Sane On Social Media This Summer

Staying Sane On Social Media This Summer

As a self-employed business owner, taking time off can be daunting at the best of times.  You may worry that your business will grind to a halt without you at the helm, that you’ll lose the momentum you have worked so hard to build, that disaster will strike and you won’t be there to put the fire out and, on top of all that, you feel guilty for enjoying time off when you “should” be working.

I’ve had all of these worries and more and it’s taken me a good few years to truly appreciate that time off – and I mean real time away from your business with the opportunity to unplug entirely – is absolutely essential to both our wellbeing and our success in business.

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Reasons Why Business Support Is Getting More Popular In The Past Decade.

Reasons Why Business Support Is Getting More Popular In The Past Decade.

I would love to say I am fresh out of school and at the start of a career, but that’s not the case at all. I have been in work since the mid-90s, I remember getting my first business support job, then getting another job in London (that’s my hometown) I remember finishing work and heading to the nearest wine bar and having a laugh with my work colleagues.

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