In episode 54, we cover some great project planning tips that even those of us who are totally impaired at project planning can use to make our lives so much easier.
Find the “sweet spot” where you can get the most done. If your project block is too big, it gets daunting and hard to get done. If you make it too small, it can be hard to prioritize what needs to be done first.
Get the difference between the two: the “clear” future is why you’re doing what you’re doing. The “exacting” future is really specific and difficult to achieve because it locks you into something that you may decide you don’t want.
This can make you feel overwhelmed by too many small things that need to get done, can confuse you on your priorities, and makes it hard to decide what will give you the most results.
If you know what’s most important about the project you’re working on, it’s easy to keep yourself not only motivated to get it done, but to remember what it will do for your business and your family to get you what you want.
No matter how small the project is, reward yourself. Don’t beat yourself up if it took too long or if it was more difficult than you expected. Make sure you and your family know how hard you worked.
In episode 48, I talk about the big trap I see so many business owners get caught up in - a business concept they don’t think all the way through that will never give them what they want out of their lives, what they want for their families, and what they want for themselves. Here are the eight questions you must answer to figure out if your business is right for you.
If you aren’t going to love what you do, it’s going to be exhausting. If you love it, you’re going to be more excited to work on it and grow it more quickly.
If you hate being on call, or hate the idea of losing contracts and starting over, make sure your company doesn’t trap you in situations like that.
We usually start our own business to get out of a job we hate - and it would be awful if your new business is just another job.
An idea is great, but sometimes we don’t really think about what it’s really going to take to get the business big enough to support you.
Your family will have to give up something as you work on your business. Figure out what those costs are beforehand and make sure you’re okay asking them to do that.
Know what you want for your family, and make sure your business can get that for them. Don’t get trapped in a business that won’t give your family what they deserve.
Be careful to maintain a life you’re proud of. Don’t give up the things that are important to you, your hobbies or your passions, because of your business.
Write down a list of the things you’ll have to give up to grow your business. Is that okay with you?
In episode 46, I talk about the importance of education in your business, both in how it helps you improve as a business person and take care of your family. Not only will it save you time and money in the long run, but it will help save your relationships with your family as well.
If you’re learning everything through trial and error, you’re going to take a lot of time and experience a lot of failure. There’s a limit to how much most people can give without getting results, and trying something new without educating yourself first can wear you out.
If you’re doing something that costs you money (such as running ad campaigns), educating yourself on the best tricks and tactics can save you SO much money. People have figured these systems out and you can take advantage of their knowledge rather than spending your money to test it yourself.
Education can help you make sense of what you’re doing to your family. You can explain things differently and more completely, and it’s easier to show them a clear direction on where you’re going and why you’re doing it.
In episode 43, we talk about how to leverage the people and resources in your life to get the most out of your business without having to work yourself to the bone. Not only will you feel less ragged and burnt out, but your family will appreciate the extra time they get with you.
Anything you use and develop for your business that allows you to do more for less. It allows your company to grow in ways you can’t accomplish alone.
Different people have different skillsets and you can really take advantage of what your partners and employees can do to grow.
Whether it’s the cloud or a phone service that helps you get things done on the day to day, technology can make your business so much easier.
By systemizing what you do every time, you speed through the things you have to consistently do. Systems also tie in everything and make the people and the technology you use more effective.
In episode 24, I talk about how to outsource the work you don’t want to do, shouldn’t be doing, and don’t have time for successfully, which not only will help your business grow and thrive, but will give you back the time with your family you’ve been looking for.
Check out all the different freelancing and outsourcing sites to test out how outsourcing works for you and your company. Test both project type and different sites, as well as how you’ll manage the projects.
It’s great to find someone you like, but even better if you can find someone reliable who can work with you long-term on bigger projects.
Know exactly what you want. If you give unclear instructions on how you’d like a project done, you can’t really expect the outsourced contractor to get it exactly right.
By tipping and rewarding great contractors, you will build better relationships and set standards about what you expect from your freelancers - especially in their behavior, not just their work.
In episode 20, we’re going to look the things we could be teaching our children that are leading them down a path of NOT being self-employed, and how this actually also affects our businesses. There are three limitations here, and each of them are things most of us are teaching to our children without realizing how damaging they are.
By insisting everything is perfect (grades, the clean room, and others) we’re teaching our kids not only to push themselves too hard for unreasonable standards, but that maybe they don’t deserve it.
On some level, by saying yes to everyone and doing whatever people tell you to do, you limit yourself and stop yourself from growing. By teaching your kids not to say no, you’re making them afraid of letting anyone else down.
It’s hard to take a lot of pride in yourself at the beginning, but if you’re too humble all the time and don’t say positive things about yourself, your clients won’t see your value, either. If you teach your kids not to take pride in themselves and what they’re good at, people in their life won’t always see their value, either.
In episode 17, we talk about how devastating it can be for your business (and yourself) if you take on clients you don’t like. This can be even WORSE for your business when you’re struggling and feel like you “just need someone” until you can make ends meet.
In episode 16, I talk about how being a “Jack of all Trades” may sound like a benefit, but it can really cost your company time and money. While it can be hard, sometimes the best thing for our business is to step back and let someone else handle the tasks we can’t - or shouldn’t - do. These are three clear ways to tell if you’re working on something you shouldn’t be doing.
In episode six, I reveal the three major realizations I had that helped me break free from my 70 hour work weeks so I could spend more quality time with my family. The big secret? These realizations are so huge they could totally change the way you do business.