If you were to scroll down any busy street in any city in the world and asked a dozen women if they’d like to be self-employed to be their own boss, we guarantee that nearly all of them will shimmer a glowing smile and say “Heck yes!”
What they don’t fully grasp is that creating a business is not the same as being self-employed. When you’re self-employed, you work for yourself, but it stops at your skills. Whereas a company can scale up and take advantage of other skills of talented people they hire.
There is no problem with starting your business solo as a self-employed entity just don’t allow yourself to remain stagnant while watching others thrive in this economy. The tips we are sharing will guide you on your way to having a successful business instead of working a job.
Don’t try to be a Theresa of All Trades – Allow Others to Help You
As aforementioned, take advantage of the skills of others and use it to build a sustainable business. It’s easy to see spent revenue when hiring other people, but trying to be cost-effective will cause your business to slow in growth, and you will burn out in the process.
Try delegating the work that needs attention by giving it to the people that have the talent to deliver high-quality work. Such as, if you run a success website but have zero time to write content hire a writer that can ease the stress while you are giving yourself time to focus on the more important details.
Develop a Balance Between Work and Home – Time Off is Crucial
Working from home delivers so many advantages, but one of the disadvantages to sharing a home with your office is that you never fully clock out from work.
Family members will get upset if they see you sneaking off to your study to “finish one more thing,” or “I forgot to email an invoice to so and so…” instead of sitting down for a meal together or enjoying a movie in the living room as a family. When your office is 10 miles away those little things you forgot to do aren’t as important when there is wasted gas and traffic involved. Implement this into your business plan:
· Having free time to rest is important, so always take time for yourself
· Make time for loved ones and fun activities
· Stick to a set work schedule – Having your own hours, as a boss doesn’t mean working all hours
Downtime is necessary for everyone, and it doesn’t make you a weak person or that you’re not strong enough it just means you’re human and need time for yourself to avoid hating the business you originally loved and had the passion for. Instead learn to delegate as follows:
· Hire Trusted assistants or contractors that can oversee the business when you’re not available
· Take advantage of automation tools such as auto responders and utilize your auto webinar systems
· Fully train your staff to run the business like you would
You don’t necessary have to throw caution to the wind and completely neglect your business to have a vacation or a little downtime. You are allowed to check in with your assistant or staff to see how everything is from time to time but don’t it turn into “I’ll be there in five minutes…” in the middle of a Medi-Pedi with cotton balls still in-between your toes.
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Inés Ruiz is a former Cambridge University Lecturer, military spouse turned entrepreneur. She created a multiple 6-figure online educational business in less than 16 months. After her success, she wanted to help other women create their online business – no matter their circumstances- and founded the Women Entrepreneur Community. She is the host of the show/Podcast “We Talk” in which she features other women entrepreneurs journeys.