Are you ready to make your business profitable in 2017? A solid structure could be what your business is missing. It can be tricky being your own boss. It takes lots of discipline and planning to make it all happen. If you want to be successful you need a strong foundation!
Let’s look at the energetics of your business. If you want to create a strong business, it’s important to have a strong foundation on which to stand on and a strong container in which to hold your clients. In order to have a strong foundation, you need structure.
Here are four ways to create more structure and balance in your business:
Set office hours. When you don’t have a boss, it can be easy to blow off time that you aren’t seeing clients. Whether you have clients or not or maybe you have another job, it’s VERY important to set hours and stick with them. When you don’t have clients, spend time creating content, brainstorming new programs & offerings, attracting new clients, etc. Think of your office hours as the container in which you work. This is time committed to your business. It’s very important to show up energetically in your business. When you do, you are sending a signal to the Universe that you are serious and that you have a container to hold more.
Organize Your Material. Create a journal, clipboard or spreadsheet for each task. I have a journal that I keep all of my blog ideas in. I have a clipboard for to do lists. I have a master to do list and a weekly to-do list. I have a notebook that I use to outline new programs and class offerings. I have a spreadsheet to track money. The goal is to organize all of your important tasks so that when you sit down to work, you can easily see what needs to be done. I like to make notes at the end of the day so I know where to pick up the following day.
Organize Your Time. This is the trickiest part for some. As a solopreneur, it feels as though there are endless tasks that need to be done. This is also why it’s so important to be organized. Review your office hours. Block out your time so you are only seeing clients on certain days of the week. This allows time for admin and content creation days. Plan out your admin days ahead of time. If you have certain projects you are working on, schedule time to make these things happen. Set a timer between tasks. Be sure to take breaks to keep your energy level up.
Create a rhythm. A rhythm is the glue that holds all of this together. A rhythm holds and supports you. If you create a strong rhythm, you CAN make all of these things happen. Print out the weekly planner that accompanies this article. Write in your office hours for each day. Which are client days? Which days are admin days? Remember, you are showing up to work regardless but this is for planning purposes. What needs to happen on those admin days? Divide up tasks by the hour. Be sure to schedule time for movement, dreaming and manifesting. These activities are also important. We must make time to receive and nurture ourselves. Being successful isn’t only about exerting energy.