Welcome to June—the official start of summer in North America.
Kids will soon be out of school for the year, and many of the people you know and love are looking forward to vacation. And then there’s you. The self-employed individual who never seems to come up for air. I know very few speakers and coaches who actually take scheduled downtime. The world seems to move so fast that we virtual business owners don’t tend to stop. But, we should. Stress is a dangerous thing, and if we don’t stop from time to time to recharge our batteries, it can eventually make us sick.Want to know how to keep your business running this summer without running yourself into the ground?
So, how do you keep your business running this summer without running yourself into the ground? Is summer survival really an option?
These five summer survival strategies should help you to take a bit of a break this summer while your business continues to thrive.
Automate. Make use of the tools out there intended to help you manage your business so you can do other things. From project management software and invoicing tools, to social media scheduling software and email scheduling … there are a ton of tools out there meant to make your job easier, so take advantage of as many as you can.
Build a team. If you’re a solopreneur, you’re limiting your business growth. There are only so many hours in a day. Start looking for people to add to your team. Start with someone who can take some of the burden off your shoulders like a virtual assistant. An even better option is to work with an online marketing support company like ours. From there, take a look at getting help with your bookkeeping and customer onboarding. You’ll find the more time you free up with the help of team members, the more freedom you’ll enjoy as a result.
Implement processes. Create email templates, standardize your proposal writing, create a system for onboarding new clients. By creating processes in your business for as many tasks as you can replicate, you’ll prevent the need to constantly reinvent the wheel. This is a huge waste of time, when you can be spending your downtime much more wisely.
Schedule time off. Set up firm office hours and stick to them. Go through your calendar and block off days (or hours) for yourself so you can enjoy some relaxation and time with friends or family. If you don’t take this step, it’s too easy for you to start neglecting the people you need to be there for the most … yourself and the people you love!Are you looking forward to a more enjoyable and less stressful summer?
Delegate. One of the main secrets to summer survival when you’re in business for yourself is mastering the art of delegation. If you can delegate tasks to other team members, do it. But don’t let delegation stop with work. Consider all the other things that take up your time over the summer and see if you can delegate those. Things like house cleaning, lawn maintenance, and anything else that takes time away from tasks that would be more worthy of your attention.
I hope these tips and strategies will help you this summer AND into the future as you continue to grow your business. Are you already taking advantage of some of these tips, or do you have some other good ones to share? If you are, or do, please let me know in a comment!
In business since 1991, Terry Green is the founder/CEO/President of BizEase Support Solutions, an American-based, online marketing support company comprised of a team of talented professionals from around North America. BizEase excels at providing speakers and business coaches worldwide with seamless online marketing solutions, from setting up shopping carts and editing video, to writing blog posts and managing Social Media and PR campaigns. BizEase clients (who span five continents) take great joy in allowing the BizEase team to take care of the details so they can get back to doing what they do best! Click here to get our weekly tips ezine delivered to your inbox every other Friday, with tips on plugins, apps, and tools to make you more productive today!