Not all tasks are created equal

Not all tasks are created equal

It’s unavoidable. As an entrepreneur, you will need to work in quite a few areas to keep the wheels turning in your business. Marketing manager. Accountant Blog writer Coach Technical support staff. While understanding that these tasks need to be performed, you still need to realize that not all tasks have the same purpose. For instance, marketing outweighs accounting, because without marketing, there will be no money to manage. In addition, you also have to think about the amount of time it takes you for each task you are doing. If it takes you the whole day to tweak a design on your web page and delay sending an email to your list, you have basically lost a whole day without doing anything constructive While it’s true you may have a nicer looking web page or website, you missed your chance to send traffic to your offer on your website. Ah yes! In a perfect world, you would very easily put on your CEO hat and assign the tasks, but in actual fact, we don’t always have that choice. Usually, we need to be more clever and use our time more wisely. Sort your Daily Tasks that need to be dealt with first Everyone has their own special capabilities and expertise that they like and prefer to do. Perhaps you love to do Technical Support but dislike Marketing. One thing is very clear, you must put those tasks that will make you money at the top of your list. Whether it’s creating your own products, or contacting potential clients, or hosting a telesummit or something completely different. Pinpoint those...
Scale Your Business with these 4 Automated Systems

Scale Your Business with these 4 Automated Systems

There comes a time in every entrepreneur’s journey where you realize you simply cannot do it all by yourself. I know that when you’re just getting started you need to be the “chief, cook and bottle washer.” But as your business grows, it becomes obvious that trying to do everything is only going to lead to: Frustration (when critical tasks don’t get done and deadlines are missed) Burn out (when you’re working yet another 12-hour day) Overwhelm (when your to-do list is longer at the end of the day than it was at the beginning) I know that there are many ways to combat this business-growth obstacle, but one of the best is automation.  I want you to imagine a completely hands-off system that works for you even when you’re spending time with your children or even hiking on a remote mountain. But there’s a more important reason to automate: it helps you scale your business. Think about it, the less manual work you have to do, the more time you have to do the money-making tasks such as networking, marketing, and client support. 1. Paid Traffic Chasing organic traffic is a true exercise in frustration. You’ll spend all your time creating content for your blog, other people’s blogs, YouTube, social media, and other web properties. All that content creation leaves you little time to work with the clients you’re trying to attract. Instead, you can invest in some quality paid traffic, and get off the endless content creation train. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did. 2. Email Funnels What happens when you get a new subscriber or...
How to maximize your time

How to maximize your time

To continue last week’s theme on time management, I don’t know about you but at times it would appear that there are more things to do in our everyday lives (both working and personal). An important part of having a successful online business is to be able to be organized and know how to maximize your time efficiently. If you happen to be someone who is not skilled at this, then you will probably not be able to accomplish what you set out to do on most days. Read on to see how you can improve this skill and maybe learn how to be more efficient in your business and your day to day life. What you need to do is to take a look at the big picture and decide what it is that you want to accomplish with each one of your tasks. This typically doesn’t take much time and as a result it saves you about a third of the time it usually takes, you should check last week’s blog post on this topic for more ideas. Now that you have decided on your outcome, it helps to encourage you to stay on track and obtain your goal. As you are completing the task, think about how you would like to handle your next task. If you didn’t get your end result, figure out what went wrong and how you might be able to correct it so that you can get the outcome you wanted. Another way you might use to keep your focus and better manage your time, is putting up a ‘Do Not Disturb’...
Time Management Tips

Time Management Tips

After starting my own online business I had realized that life can get pretty darn hectic especially when working at home.  I felt as though I was always busy and not getting anything accomplished.  I’d be up late at night and wake up early in the morning trying to get it all done.  There was no balance in my life and I’d end up exhausted and wondered were other entrepreneurs going through this too? After doing research on the topic of time management, I started implementing what I had learned.  Below you will find some of the time management tips I have used and hopefully they will help you too. Start logging (writing down) what you do in a day, starting with your ideas, conversations and activities.  By doing this you can start to see what you actually accomplish in a day, which also helps you recognize things that might be considered time wasters. When setting up meetings you should assign a certain time of day (or a certain day of the week) for this purpose.  I have certain days of the week where I meet with regular clients and certain days where I meet with new/potential clients. I like to set up an appointment with myself and I block out spaces of my time on my calendar so I can get important tasks done and I try to spend at least half of that time in doing things that will produce results for my business.  Though planning for interruptions should be considered too in case you have to re-prioritize your day. What I prefer to do is schedule 30 mins at the beginning of each day to organize and...