Have you been thinking about starting a business or have started one, and have a dream of turning it into a full-time gig?
It can be quite overwhelming sometimes, when you think of all the things that you need to do to start and grow your own business.
Starting and running a business can be really hard.
And it isn’t for everyone.
However, there are a number of tools that you can use to help you.
Think of this blog post as your starting a business how to guide.
There are a number of techniques that you need to help you start your own business especially when you are doing it off the side of your desk, or at night when the kids are asleep.
We will run through each of these below.
A successful entrepreneur or business owner has the right mindset.
What is the right mindset?
Carol Dweck, talks about a growth mindset, which is is an individual’s belief that they can learn and grow, and can improve their capability based on being focused and making an effort.
This is not just about people flexible and open-minded about things.
Or by having a positive outlook when things are not going so well.
We all have the ability to have a growth mindset.
In the same way, that we all have the ability to have a fixed mindset.
The trick is being able to identify when your brain triggers a fixed mindset, and being able to re-position your self to think differently.
There are some great books out there that you can read about improving your mindset, or having the right mindset. My go to is Mindset by Dr Carol Dweck.
Every successful entrepreneur has a morning routine that sets them up for success every single day.
This usually involves getting up early, eating breakfast and doing some exercise, followed by affirmations and/or visualisations.
Hal Elrod, writer of the book The Miracle Morning writes about a simple routine that when done every morning, has a significant impact on everything that you do for the rest of your day.
Your productivity. The quality of your work. Your creativity.
All down to how you spend the first part of every morning.
Starting a business, especially when you already have a job that you need to do well at, and looking after a family can already feel like too much.
You cannot be anything to anyone if you do not look after yourself.
To be truly successful in your business, you need to your all.
You can only do this, if you are looking after yourself.
There are a number of things that you can do to ensure that you are looking after your well-being.
Prioritisation is one of the most important techniques that you can use as a business owner.
There are so many things that one needs to get done during the day, it is important to put them in order.
What are you must do’s for the day?
Are there items on your list that will make the most difference to your business?
What are the activities that are going to help you grow your business or to make you money?
Focusing on things like improving the appearance of your website, redesigning bits and pieces are nice to do’s.
There are many techniques that you can use to prioritise. I like to use the urgent/important matrix
Although we are all wonder women, there is literally not enough hours in the day to do everything that needs to get done.
That applies to both at home or in your business.
That is where delegation comes in.
Being able to delegate effectively will free up your time to focus on more important things.
Areas where you can delegate at home include:-
Areas where you can delegate in your business:-
Asking for help is not a bad thing. It is a sign that you are in total control of your personal and professional life.
Time management is the process of organising where you spend your time, what activities that you spend your time on, and how long you spend on each activity.
Good time management is not about the activities, but the results that you achieve from the activities.
Being able to manage your time effectively has significant benefits for both you professionally and personally.
There are many advantages to managing your time effectively. These include:-
Great time management comes about by creating bite-sized goals and making time to achieve them.
Writing a to do list can also be effective to help you manage your time.
Batching your work is also an effective way to become more effective and efficient with your time.
It is a form of time management that allows you to concentrate and decreases the amount of distractions available.
It is about grouping similar tasks together that require similar resources and work effort in order to streamline their completion.
Batching is about spending a dedicated amount of time to complete a set of tasks, and then taking a break.
This is also known as the pomodoro technique.
So there you have it, your starting a business how to guide. Use this and it will help you to start, run and grow your own business.