Helping Yourself When You Work Alone and From Home

Helping Yourself When You Work Alone and From Home

When you work from home, starting out with your own business, then you take on a lot of roles. You are the financier, the budgeter, the accountant, the marketer, the admin team, and the CEO; it can be a lot. Of course, this is how a lot of small businesses start out, and getting to grips with a variety of different aspects of the business can be important. However, in order to grow the business, you need to make sure that you are able to do the real big things that are going to grow it, rather than getting caught up in all of the emails, calls, appointments, bookings, and other admin. So here are some things to think about, in order to make your small business grow, and so that you don’t overwhelm yourself with all that you need to do.

Hire a Virtual Assistant

Hiring a virtual assistant is just as it sounds; someone to assist you, but done online, rather than in person. Which is why this can work great for many solo-business owners. There are a number of virtual services sites online that you can hire from, as well as using freelancers. It can be a good idea to have documents like an NDA ready for them, so that you can’t give away any information about your business. They can take control of a lot of things that need to be done, but that don’t need to be done by you. Then you have time to focus on the growth aspects of the business.

Set a schedule

When there is so much to do, it can be very tempting to just do things as and when they come in. But the truth of the matter is that you don’t need to be sat at your desk all afternoon going through emails. New ones will come in all of the time, so you can’t possibly do that, as you’ll deal with one and then another will come through. So instead, you should set yourself a working schedule, so that you know exactly what you should be doing and when. It can be a good idea to set yourself a timer too, so that you don’t go over schedule. When you do this, you will be able to get much more done throughout the day, and you’ll be able to prioritize what needs to be done first.

Be strict with working hours

There is no getting away from the fact that when you work for yourself, and when you work from home, there is always something to do. But you need to remember that although this is the case, you need to avoid burnout and give yourself time to relax, as well as proper weekends or days off. As a result, you should set days and times that you will work, and when you won’t. Of course, there can be some projects of events that will differ and need more of your time, but on the whole, setting yourself working hours and sticking to them, can really help.

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Here are 4 Tips for EASY Content Creation

Here are 4 Tips for EASY Content Creation

There tend to be a lot of rules surrounding content creation. It must have value, it can’t be too long, the information must be relevant, not to mention accurate, relatable, accessible, easily understandable, and the list goes on. It’s way too easy to get overwhelmed by all these rules and regulations. Overthinking your content—is it good enough, interesting enough, or worth hitting the publish button at all—is its own chore. But content creation doesn’t have to be this big of a headache! In fact, content creation can be easy. You just have to know a few simple tricks.

4 Tips for EASY Content Creation

Research, practice, and learning the tricks of the trade are the best ways to make any job easier. So, if you’re overwhelmed by your content creation to-do list, consider these “tricks” to lighten your load:

1. Create a Content Calendar

Initially, this might sound outdated. In practice, it’s a lifesaver! Rather than relying on your memory or mood for the day, manage your posts effectively by planning them out a week, month, or more at a time. By using a calendar, you can easily track the frequency of your blogs, regulate your posting so it remains consistent, organize themes and campaigns, keep track of topics you’ve covered in the past, prepare for upcoming topics, avoid annoying repetition, and prevent creativity burnout. While this planning tool might sound like an annoying amount of upfront work, it will actually help you work less in the long run and feel more organized while doing so.

2. Implement More Structure to Your Workday

Your brain is much more effective when it’s allowed to focus on one specific thing rather than a million different tasks. So rather than tackling your mile-long to-do list randomly, schedule out your day/week to handle similar projects at the same time. For instance, focus on answering emails, organizing your inbox, and returning phone calls on Monday morning. Write your blog posts and email campaigns Monday afternoon. Plan out your social media content and future social campaigns on Tuesday morning. Tuesday afternoon, film and edit your weekly video. By segmenting your days rather than fire hosing yourself with your whole list of tasks the entire week, you’ll be more productive, and your content creation will feel less overwhelming.

3. Schedule All of Your Posts

This point goes hand-in-hand with the previous one. Rather than relying on yourself to come up with a creative blog post every week, and a social media post every day, and also a video whenever you can find the time, use the various scheduling tools available and then move on! Take one day at the beginning of the month to schedule out your social media content for the remainder of the month. Take a few days to brainstorm and create blog content for your website for the entire quarter. Pull out a few changes of clothes and binge-record yourself all day for all your video content coming up. Schedule these posts weeks, or even months, out so you don’t have to worry about it again for a good long while (just be sure to set yourself a reminder on that calendar for when you need to start brainstorming ideas again).

4. Repurpose Past Content

You might think that hitting that “publish” button is the last step for your content, but think again! Repurposing past content is one of the best ways to get more out of your work with less effort. Any content you create can be repurposed to reach new audiences or meet a new goal. Don’t waste anything, especially your time. If you’d like to learn more about repurposing content, then you should join my 7-day challenge and find out how to grow your audience and increase your reach!

We begin the challenge tomorrow, sign up now!

Have a great week!

​Robyn

PS: You put your heart and soul into your content, so why not make sure as many people see it as possible? Click here to sign up

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Learn to Love the P Word…Planning

Learn to Love the P Word…Planning

Learn to Love the P Word…Planning

Are you a naturally organized person? Did you get that special organizing gene at birth? Lucky you!

Keeping all the aspects of a coaching business organized and running smoothly is difficult at best, especially if you don’t have a system or a plan of what to do when. Even if you have a big picture plan of where you want to be in five years, you need a daily plan to get those admin tasks completed along with your marketing tasks and your content creation. It’s enough to make your head spin, right?

Daily Task List

Creating a plan of action or a daily task list will keep you organized and focused from the moment you sit down to do work. You know exactly what has to get done, without question. You’ll know when you need to write blog posts, when to send emails, when to do your billing, and when to schedule your client calls. I’ve been using Todoist for a little while now and I find it really helpful and easy to work with.

Make Yourself a Client

As much as you want a full coaching calendar, leave some space for yourself to complete your administrative tasks. Running your business is equally as important as caring for your clients, so make your business tasks a priority, including your content creation. Blocking time is a popular way to schedule longer tasks, such as blog post writing or email marketing. Set aside an hour or two, write up those posts or emails, get them scheduled, then move on to the next list item. If you block enough time, eventually you’ll start having two or three (or more!) pieces of content ready to publish at any given time, which will relieve some stress.

Eliminate Writer’s Block with a Content Creation Plan

No more sitting at the computer to write a blog post only to stare at a blank screen with no thoughts. Schedule some time on your calendar to plan out your writing, video recording, or other content creation; not only when you’ll get this done but what topics you’ll discuss. Create an editorial calendar and make note of important topics or themes. Is there a big event coming up in your city or in your niche? Write about it. Interview panelists and speakers. Become an affiliate for those companies sponsoring the event. Are you planning the launch of your signature product? Schedule special content around the launch date.

Outsource Your Content Creation

If creating content isn’t your strength, hire a copywriter to do it for you. But keep in mind, you still need to have a plan or an editorial calendar. This way your writer has firm deadlines to meet and you will have a stress-free outsourcing experience.

Want Some More Help with Planning?

If you’re tired of “flying by the seat of your pants” when it comes to creating a plan, click here to schedule a call with me. It’s all about working smarter, not harder when it comes to creating content and good habits.

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