February 2018

Entrepreneurs Start Your Week Right

Do Monday’s depress you?  Do you dread beginning the week because you have no idea where it will take you? If so, you are probably being guided by events instead of looking ahead and preparing accordingly.  Take charge of your work week with these five simple tips.

 

5 Tips To Start Your Week Right

 

  1. Plan your week on Sunday – Don’t wait until Monday to get a handle on what lies ahead.  Consider your clients, customers and employees have all been waiting out the week before emailing or calling you.  They will come in with a list of items that may distract you from the task.  If you are like most entrepreneurs, you will have to hit the ground running on Monday morning and will have no time to really get a grip on what you want to accomplish for the week.
  2. Start each week with an empty inbox – Sometime on Sunday you should sit down and empty or organize your inbox.  This way you can start each week fresh without worrying about that email your never answered.  We love the Boomerang App for gmail.  We can use it to send emails later or even have it take an email out of your inbox and only come back to you if no one has responded or at a certain date for follow up.  Having an empty or organized inbox will bring a sense of calm to a Monday morning.
  3. Delegate – When you are planning your week, be honest with yourself.  Look at the items on your to do list.  How many of those items can be done by someone else?  If you can delegate an item, do so.  If you can put it on someone else’s plate on a weekly basis that’s even better.  You have a business to run.  Make sure you are not staying busy with tasks that someone in a lower position can do.
  4. Learn – Learn one new thing on Monday morning.  Take the time to stop worrying about what lies ahead. Instead, read an article about your industry.  Read a chapter of that book that’s been sitting on your nightstand or turn to YouTube and watch an educational or motivational video.
  5. Get inspired – Start your week with an inspiring quote.  If you know you need to focus more then find a quote about focus.  If you know you need to stay calm under pressure look for a quote for that.  Write it down and stick it somewhere you are sure to see it all week.  Better yet, put it somewhere your entire staff can see it.  Maybe it will be just the motivation they need to start their week right as well.

 

How are your currently starting your weeks?  Do you have a tip for the BVE Community?

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Transitioning from a 9 to 5 into Entrepreneurship

The reality of transitioning from the 9 to 5 world to entrepreneurship.

Many of us have had “that” moment at work when we decided enough is enough! We were either:

  • fed up with what was happening in the office,
  • tired of operating on someone else’s schedule
  • over the pointless and inefficient team meeting
  • sick of missing time with family and/or friends
  • or ready to pursue the passion inside us

The point is, somewhere in that gray space we decide to make the proverbial “jump”.  We decide to leave the 9 to 5 world to explore entrepreneurship.

This is a decision that doesn’t come without its complications. How does one make their vision a reality? Many of us don’t know.  In fact, many do not realize we don’t know until we’re up to our necks in entrepreneurship “stuff”.  You know the “stuff” like balancing work and life, income and expenses, endless decision, products & services, general concerns and more.  It’s a lot to manage!

It’s like parenting.  Before you, actually, become pregnant or have the baby it seems like it will be pretty intuitive.  Then you get pregnant or have the baby and the gravity of what you’re embarking on hits you like a ton of bricks.  WHO’s going to feed the baby, they won’t sleep when I want them too, I’m tired, they’re crying, I can’t change another diaper, oops I’m out of diapers…the noise soon drowns out your sensible thoughts.  Entrepreneurship is simmer, especially when you first start your business.

In this moment you think about all the things you could’ve done differently before you left your 9 to 5.  You could’ve worked a little longer, save more money, written a business plan, started to develop the business while you were still at work, and so much more.

However, you made that decision and you took that leap and now you’re figuring it out.  You want to do a few things immediately:

  1. Understand your motivation for being entrepreneur in the first place. Basically, know what your WHY is. Everyone is going to ask you why you made your decision and you need to be ready to answer the question.
  2. Know your numbers.
    1. What is your budget?
    2. Where is the money coming from?
    3. Who is going to manage income and expenses?
  3. Develop a company structure
  4. Design or have someone design an effective marketing plan. Not advertising.  They are different.
  5. Build a great team as quickly as possible.

There is more to it than what is listed above, but it’s a start.

If you haven’t left the job yet, but you are thinking about it.  Use your steady income to your advantage.  Hire a business advisor to help you build out your thought.  That way to start with a tested plan in hand, instead of jumping and figuring it out.  Bold Vision Enterprise specializes in working with new entrepreneurs.  Schedule a free 15-minute consultation with us today to see what we can do for you.

Let our knowledge and experience be your head start!

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