Being cheap can cost you a lot of time & money.
If you go into something as serious as surgery, you would want the doctor to be prepared with more than band-aids right? Of course! So just hiring a VA will not instantly transform your business.
Systems are the rules you create for your business. You're the boss, you're the mama, your rules!
You just have to make sure your rules are for the greater good of your business.
Systems are documented practices that you do in your business over and over and over.
However many solopreneurs don't have systems or they don't follow the rules. Things get done here and there. Solopreneur success does not come with here and there shooting from the hip.
Systems have checks and balances.
Systems ensure that things get done.
Systems allow for you to get sick and your business' immune system goes untouched.
Systems automate your business.
Systems eliminate overwhelm because you already have plans in place for this or that.
They allow for you to hire and outsource tasks.
Systems allow for you to have more free time to do whatever makes your heart smile.
So many people talk about the hustle and bustle in business. Rest and FUN are just as important.
Systems allow for you to make more money.
So that's more time, more money, more fun.
What systems do you have in place?
Evaluate your daily systems.
What do you do over and over in your business?
Write out one system in your business structure.
Online business and marketing can resemble a high school lunch room some days. Full of cliques. [Close to cults]
No worries this isn't a “oh woe is me” post.
I've noticed the cliques for some time, but never thought too much of it.
In high school I was the pretty girl obsessed with fashion, my friends, and track. My boyfriend was über popular and very charismatic. I hung out with everyone.
The cool kids. The athletes. The dramatic kids. The rebels. The nerds.
My bestie and I were reminiscing a few months back and she said I was always one of the cool kids.
I never did cliques. [I don't like being boxed in] <<notice that was in a box #oxymorons
I like who I like and who likes what I like. And remember I'm multi passionate so cliques were out of the question. I just had a lot of friends and associates.
One thing I'm good at is minding my business. Get it...minding my biz.
I'm in several Facebook groups. Why?
I love connecting with people.
In these groups you can always spot someone from a clique and you know exactly who their leader is. They do everything the leader does but change their name to theirs with a subsequent number behind it.
Stop drinking the damn Kool aid.
If you want to be successful, there's no secrets.
There's a lot of work. A lot of days and nights of wanting to give up.
There's a lot of failures.
A lot of uncertainties.
Mindset shifts will be needed frequently.
And self doubt.
And all of that is normal no matter where you are in your business.
You have to hold tight to your WHY.
You know the reason you went into business in the first place. And its not money. Even if you say it's money, it's not.
Money just allows us the opportunity to flow and live better lives, travel, spend more time with our families and friends, etc. those are your reasons not just money.
But being a carbon copy isn't serving you or your why any justice.
You have to find your spin and spin baby spin.
I challenge you to be different. I challenge you to own your greatness. I challenge you to pick through the BS [business stuff] and use only what works for your business. So and so has been in business so much longer and her way works for her. It may not work for you. That doesn’t make you a loser or a failure. It makes you a sexy savvy solopreneur engineering your path.
Live. Love. Action
1. Infuse your personality and quirks into your business
3. Stop drinking the damn Kool Aid
Flashback Fridays: taking a walk back in my entrepreneurial past.
You know how they say some people are born to be entrepreneurs. I never thought that about myself. Looking back though there are many factors that connect the dots & create a picture of the entrepreneurial dream.
Technically I was the only child. My sister and I are 13 years apart. I'm the youngest.
I had a lot of free time to myself.
My mamar had a nice perfume collection. I would spray and spray the various smells until I couldn't breathe. My mama would fuss, but I didn't mind, I was busy creating.
I would pretend that I was a superstar and I was going to an event and everyone couldn't keep their eyes off of me and were lured to me by my perfume.
I started spraying the mixes into old crayola water color paint containers. I would take them to school and sell them. One day my mama locked me out of her room. She said she was tired of me stealing her things and blah blah blah.
She locked me out of my warehouse.
Mama killed production with that.
By this point I was selling to other classrooms [remember elementary students don’t interact with other classes often].
THIS WAS BIG.
I had even had customers at my after school care program. Different aged kids at different schools too. .
I wasn't ready to close shop. The internet wasn't around yet, so I couldn’t go to google for answers.
I found everything in my house that smelt good by the slightest. Mixing and mixing and the matches just weren't right.
I was nearing a dead end, and then it came to me: buy your own supplies.
I went to the craft store and got mini bottles. I purchased alcohol, essential oils, and baby powder. We’re not even going to talk about the powder.
I was back in business. I was selling the paint pots at school and aftercare during the week. On Saturdays I would set up shop up the neighborhood and sell the bigger bottles.
I was six and a savvy solopreneur !