More and more people are learning how to work from home and start their own business, whether it’s brick and mortar or an online business.
It can be exciting when you start your own venture but at the same time, if you are completely new and do not know what to expect, it can be difficult to juggle.
Trying to be the boss, creative director, financial planner, budgeter, and designer … where exactly do you start?
So the first thing that you should do as the new entrepreneur is to take a deep breath. Sure easy to say but I promise, everything will be ok.
In this blog post, I will share some of the key things that you can do to move forward into a stress-free business enterprise as the boss of you.
Don’t worry, if you find it’s overwhelming, you really aren’t the only one going through it. In fact, they are the common traits of every entrepreneur who is building a business.
Table of Contents
- How To Manage Your Time
- How To Automate Certain Functions In Your Business To Make More Time
- How To Commit To One Thing And Avoid The Shiny Object Syndrome
- How To Step Away And Take A Break
- How To Use Stress As A Motivator And Make Every Day Count
By the end of this post here is what you will learn:
- How to manage your time
- How to automate certain functions in your business to make more time
- How to commit to one thing and avoid chasing the shiny object
- How to step away and take a break
- How to use stress as a motivator and make every day count
How To Manage Your Time
It’s ok to have a mountain of things to do when you’re starting out as a business owner. Sometimes you feel overwhelmed, whether it is with learning something new to implementing it. That is completely normal.
To paint a very realistic picture of the entrepreneur life, some of us actually work 80-hour weeks.
But those 80-hour weeks can be effectively managed when you get accustomed to goal setting. As a new business owner, it is important that you write down the goals that you would like to achieve and stick to just those goals.
You will find that by writing out your goals removes the potential to develop a chaotic timetable and ultimately reduces the occurrence of stress.
What I find helpful is to have a daily planner where I write out everything that I want to accomplish by the end of the day.
I sort tasks based on what is a priority, important and not important. The tasks that are a priority go to the top, then the important and not important tasks go at the bottom.
So my task list might look something like this:
- Write new blog post
- Market and promote blog
- Network with other bloggers
- Target influencers
- Write to email list
- Follow up with leads
Then in order to remain disciplined, I close off my Facebook messenger, turn off my phone, turn off the television, close the door and get to work.
Of course, sometimes there can be interruptions but as a business owner and to ensure that you remain productive and avoid stressful events during the day, such as missing deadlines or targets, there must be a degree of focus.
How To Automate Certain Functions In Your Business To Make More Time
Believe it or not, but you do not have to do the whole nine yards in your business.
Trying to take on too much, or wanting to be in charge of everything can cause you to crash and burn.
This is where automation comes in. Automated tools are designed to take over some of the tasks that we have to do to keep our business running.
For example, one of the tools that I use is a sales funnel. The sales funnel, is the backbone of any online business. It works to bring potential clients into my business so I do not have to be at the door greeting them each time.
It introduces prospects to my business, educates them about my products and closes sales on my behalf. I can also create a follow up system where I can communicate with my prospects on a daily basis with an email autoresponder.
Automating certain functions in your business can help you keep on top of things and reduce the tendency to become stressed when you are trying to take control of everything.
Sometimes when you try to add a human element to jobs, results tend to be mediocre as opposed to assigning tasks to automated functions.
I found this out for myself when I started using a Pinterest scheduler to schedule my pins for my business and noticed a 78.07% increase in traffic over time.
Also if you are too overwhelmed and can afford to do so don’t be afraid to outsource jobs. You can hire Virtual Assistants to do any type of work for you, like take care of your social media accounts, complete excel spreadsheets or deal with customer service tasks.
How To Commit To One Thing And Avoid The Shiny Object Syndrome
This is what I see a lot among my entrepreneurial friends. I was even guilty of this at one time. We try to take on too many business opportunities at once and often struggle to manage them all.
This is particularly so with the online business community.
This can be problematic not only because of the amount of frustration that you will most likely go through but also because that frustration leads to stress, which then turns into doubt and finally into you deciding that you may not be cut out for this.
The first thing that you want to avoid is this. The temptation to manage multiple businesses hoping that it is the silver platter to more money and success.
When you are faced with this situation I suggest finding one program that you believe in and focus on building your business around that program.
What this does, is it allows you to channel your energy into making that one thing work and reducing the potential for stressful situations to arise.
I am not saying that this is going to eliminate stressful situations entirely. Not at all. But it will help reduce that element overall.
How To Step Away And Take A Break
In business, sometimes there will be things that happen that you cannot control.
But if you cannot control it, that is when you learn to detach yourself.
I have had many times when an advertising platform rejected my ad and I could not run my business to the extent that I wanted to.
This meant, that I was faced with the worry about how I was going to promote my business and keep it functional.
Rather than worrying uncontrollably about it, I realized that there other platforms that I could have used to get similar or better results.
Whilst I had no control over whether my ad was accepted or rejected, I did have control over which platform I used.
I suppose how we deal with situations like this is dependent on each of us as individuals.
But what I like to do and what I find helpful, is stepping away from the problem, refocus and then coming back at a different angle.
What this does is it allows you to remove yourself from a stressful environment so you can clear your mind, figure out a solution, then return with a plan to resolve the problem.
So do not feel that as a business owner you have to always be on the go. It is ok to let go and take a break sometimes.
How To Use Stress As A Motivator And Make Every Day Count
Stress is a normal part of the process of being a business owner. Every entrepreneurial soul goes through it and has been able to bounce back from it only because of persistence.
So whenever you find that you are dealing with a stressful situation, use it as motivation to keep going.
“Fail your way to success”. I love that quote because it reminds me that on every journey in your business life, you will have failure which ignites some type of stress.
Although it can be a setback, learn how to use stressful occurrences as lessons to help you to keep going in a forward direction.
Here is an exercise you can do.
Whenever you are faced with a situation that causes frustration ask yourself a few questions:
- Is there anything I can do about this?
- If so, can I improve it to the point where I achieve my desired outcome?
- If not, can I take another direction to achieve a similar desired outcome?
When you do it this way it shows that you are not one to succumb to defeat and you know how to face challenges.
Whilst it is easy for me to talk about the steps you can take to avoid becoming overly stressed in your startup, I also understand that some people handle stress well, whilst others need a bit more of a helping hand.
If you are the type who might need a lot more than a few pieces of advice, ask yourself, whether you have the mental capacity to start a business and handle the ups and downs that come with it.
Starting an internet business is just as hard as any other traditional business. You might be wondering whether this type of business for you.
But remember that in every day of our lives, even as the employee there is an element of stress that we will face.
As a new business owner the solution is simply taking the time to adjust to your environment and dealing effectively with the challenges that will come your way.