April 17, 2021
So you’ve already started a business or side-hustle. You have a product that your customers value, and that’s amazing. But…. you’re starting to feel as though you’re hitting that limit. You’re constantly chasing your own tail, handling invoicing, contracts, producing content, marketing your product etc.. What you’re doing works, but you want to create more flow and abundance within your business.
Having been in business for a while, I have learnt so many valuable tools and simple strategies one can use to get more things done without investing more time into one’s business.
These applications work wonders to manage team projects, organise plans, create client workflows and more. Streamline your business, manage your team and handle client projects with ease using these free tools! If your team gets bigger, you may want to switch to a paid subscription on one of these applications, but rest assured, when starting out, the free subscription works just fine.
I started out my business using Trello as I had used this application in my previous job, so I naturally chose Trello because it was one less application to learn. After about 6 months in, I decided to make the switch to Asana, mostly because a lot of the people around me were using Asana and it just seemed slightly more intuitive especially when onboarding new clients or members to my team. I think it mostly depends on your individual preference!
What I use Asana for:
Something amazing about having such project workflow management tools is that you can set individual due dates for specific items and then see everything at a glance. Your whole month is planned out for you in terms of those individual due dates, keeping yourself and your business in check! You no longer have to worry about the little details in each individual project because these tools do the administrative work for you!
There are a ton of pre-scheduling tools that exist precisely to lift that extra burden off your already-packed daily business schedule! If you’re active on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and other social media apps, you would probably be thinking if there was a better way to consistently post content without having to physically set aside time to craft out captions, wait for optimal posting times, and add a filter into your post at the last moment. My favourite pre-scheduling tools are:
Coming up with content for your next instagram post every day not only sets your time away from accomplishing other aspects of your business, but it is inefficient and greatly increases your levels of stress. Practice this exercise called ‘Content Batching’, where you set aside time every week to churn out content specifically for the rest of the week. This can be applied to managing your own business, or managing social media content for a client!
For example, I set aside time every Saturday afternoon to batch my Instagram content for the rest of the week. I design graphics for posts and stories, type out value content, and sit at my desk until I have content to be posted for the rest of the week! Some people prefer to set aside one day at the start of each month to create content sufficient to last the entire month. If that sounds like something you’d do, go ahead as well! Just make sure you don’t feel burnt out or are compromising on your content in that bid to create content lasting a full 30 days. Remember, quality over quantity anyday!
Time-blocking is so crucial to create that added abundance and flow in your business! I know there exist a ton of time-management and planning software on the internet, but I stan the good old Google Calendar. I set aside time every monday morning to plan out my week in accordance to the specific personal and business goals I want achieved in the next 7 days. I make sure to include my highest-priority items into each week in the form of hourly time blocks. There are 3 specific time-blocks I learnt from 12 Week Work Year that have proven to be so beneficial to increasing my weekly productivity and flow in my business and in life.
Yes, hiring that first member onto your team can be a big step. You’ve been running your business on your own for some time and you’re used to doing things on your own. You know that deep down you desperately want a little extra manpower but you’re struggling to trust that anyone else knows your business as well as you do. My advice, think of how much more you’ll pump into your business if you have some help! Strength truly does lie in numbers. If you are a business coach, consider outsourcing administrative tasks like creating social media content to a virtual assistant or designer. If you are a designer, you may want to hire an OBM (operations business manager) to oversee different parts of your business. You may even want to hire a design intern who can help you with your heavy load of design work!
These are my 5 top tips for increasing abundance and flow in your business. Remember, you don’t need to be wearing all the hats! You decided to step out of corporate life (or not) and run your own business because you truly believe you deserve time and financial freedom. Even implementing 1 of these strategies is guaranteed to improve your business operations by a ton!
Sending you love always,
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