When you’re self-employed, you may find that you have a lot of things on top of your plate. No matter what your business does, or where your expertise lies, you no longer have that one responsibly to do. Such as the writing, the marketing, the creation of a product. Instead, you need to take on everything within the business – it's just the life of an entrepreneur. But when you’re not used to this, or prepared for it, it can be really overwhelming. Yet, all of this work still needs to get done. When you realize this, you may feel like you’re sinking and you have no idea how to move forward. So no we’re going to walk through exactly what you can do to change that, and start swimming to success.
The very first thing you need to do, is make sure that you’re as organized as possible. Because if all of your work is in chaos, or you have no idea where you are with certain projects, then it may mean your workload is getting worse and worse to manage. Instead, when you are able to get everything into a system, things start to get easier.
Hire An Assistant
The next thing that you might want to do here is get an assistant for yourself. Because if you find that you’re spending too much time on admin, or smaller tasks that you don’t need be doing yourself, and it’s getting in the way of your work, getting an assistant to help you here, can help your efficiency.
But you may also want to go one step further than that. Because you may need more expert help on some of the bits of the business that you’re perhaps not that skilled at! If you’re not an expert at set things, then outsource them. You can get marketing consultants, small business accountants, IT services, and even freelance sales professionals to help you. And then you’ll find that your work is done better, and you free up more time.
Now, this is something that might be really hard for you to think about doing it, but it’s important for you to consider it – because it works. When you have problem clients that cost you time and money, that are always asking for more or have issues, or that are low payers, you need to change that. You’ll either want to cut them completely, or raise your rates if you don’t mind continuing to work with them.
But also, you have to get a plan together. Because if you’re sinking now, it may be because you have no direction. If you really want to grow your business, you have to start taking it more seriously. And to do that, you should have a plan of action. So sit down and think about what you want to achieve and here you want to take things. This will then allow you to move away from the tasks that are not aligned with your goals and causing you to sink, and closer to the tasks that will help you to succeed.