Pop a mud mask on your business

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You gotta pamper your business! And as entrepreneurs, you (of course) need to remember to pamper yourself too.

Being an entrepreneur is incredibly hard work and can be very stressful! Most entrepreneurs feel as if they already know enough to succeed, and many are already very successful!

But first let’s go back to the beginning, and let’s break down the word entrepreneur:

The English noun entrepreneur means ‘a person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit’. The word comes from the Latin words ‘entre’ – meaning ‘between’ or ‘together’ and ‘prendes’ – ‘to take’, which is a solid hint that Entrepreneurs don’t have to do it alone, you can have support.

Today I aim to remind you of a few tips that you may have overlooked or forgotten, and hopefully spark a light bulb moment, which will revitalize your business if you feel it needs a mud mask or two!

 

  • The rule of 3. Focus on a maximum of three tasks at once and no more, as too many will absolutely overwhelm you.

  • Write to-do lists and stick to them. Look at our previous post on to-do lists for more information.

  • Reading is incredibly important to take your time on, as skimming through emails nine times out of ten leads to error or leads to you missing vital information.

  • Use a calendar, be it on your phone, tablet, computer or a written diary. It promotes organisation, helps you to remember tasks and will make sure you are always in the right place at the right time.

  • Fake it. Most of your clients don’t need to know you are a start-up business, and sometimes it will lead to doubts about your experience. Don’t lie if they do ask, there is just no need to advertise this fact.

  • Take breaks throughout the whole day; not just your lunch break. Breaks have been proven to increase productivity and efficiency. Even just visiting the coffee shop for a ten-minute ‘get out of the office’ break is vital to your mental health.

  • Remember the word ‘NO’ – there’s no need to shout it! But remember you can say it and most of all you need to say it! Overloading your plate will not only get you bogged down, but you will not be able to give your all.

  • Don’t put off what you can easily do today, until tomorrow. And don’t put off what you can easily start now until later on, as the more time the task looms, the greater the feeling that you do not want to do it will become, and thus the harder it will be to start it.

  • Find your competition and learn from them. Remember the age-old saying “Keep your friends close, but your enemies even closer”.

  • Set goals, both long-term and short-term goals are the key to measuring how the business is performing and sets an aim for everyone to work towards. Keep the main focus on the present, not the future goals. Success takes time, and if you are always looking at the long-term goals, the short-term stepping-stones will become neglected, which will make it harder to reach that long-term goal!

  • Make sure to attend plenty of networking events, and have your business cards in a beautiful card holder – not crinkled up in your back pocket!

  • Learn from your mistakes, but most importantly acknowledge why you made them.

  • Know that you don’t have to do it alone – hire people who have experience in a few different fields and accept support from family and friends. Consider listening to their ideas – they do sound right to them, and may help your business grow.

  • Keep up to date with new trends and new means of technology. Imagine if you were still using your Nokia phone and how difficult you would have it!

  • Finally, remember to breathe!

Annie

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