Oftentimes we get focused on a single aspect of our business and forget to look at the big picture. We forget to work on our business, follow our business strategy. As trite as it may sound, we fail to “see the woods through the trees.”
When we get overwhelmed with the stress of a project, worried about finances or from lack of clarity as we move forward, we lose our way. While we may keep working in our business, for our clients, we aren’t working on our business and keeping it healthy and growing.
This is a serious problem!
This is where having a business strategy in place can really help. It will guide your day to day activities, give you clarity when you are feeling overwhelmed and keep the momentum growing even when you feel like you are caught in the weeds.
Experts agree that there are three primary types of business strategy:
The question you have to ask yourself is which strategy will work best for your business as you look at your mission and end goals. Or better yet, do you need to combine strategies to achieve your goals?
A business strategy must be written down, detailed and easy to pass off to the next person. But getting to that point will take some time and some forethought, even trial and error.
The key to all of this is that while trusting your gut is important, making fact based decisions will take your further. Make sure to do your research, know the facts…and then move.
I have had a blast this holiday season giving away strategy sessions! Some incredibly talented entrepreneurs have shared their time and dreams with me. It has seriously been some of the best of times.
There is something about driven, like minded business owners putting their heads together with no ulterior motive other than to share their dreams and brainstorm next steps.
I’m not selling anything, but I’ve gotten so much out of these sessions and gotten to know some truly talented people. So much so that I have decided to continue this practice into the new year!
Some would call this more of a virtual coffee date, but for me, it truly is about strategy…no sales, no offers, just a chat about your business and giving you feedback based on my expertise in systems, marketing and as a virtual assistant for the last 14 years. See what’s included and then click the image below to book your strategy session today.
Are you doing what you enjoy? And are you making a living doing it? Or at least bringing in an amount you are pleased with? Are you comfortable with where you are, satisfied to stay there.
If your answer is Yes…Great! Keep going. (But remember my lesson of keeping all my eggs in one basket.)
BUT, if you are looking at those questions and answering “No”. Shaking your head, feeling the stress or just feeling hopeless. Then this post is for you!
I want to help you. I have been there. Way more often that I would like to admit in my now 13 years in business. So for the month of December I am giving away a FREE strategy session.
Here is what is included:
This is not a sales call. There will be no pitch at the end. This is a gift…no strings attached, strategy session. With a plan for you to step confidentially into 2020 ready to grow your success.
It wasn’t too long ago that I watched a video training course by a random online marketer. And I loved her visual planning method…plan it backwards.
She took one of those cheap desk size calendars you can purchase at any office supply store and hung them on her wall. Each month laid out, ready to be written on.
She then used sticky post it notes and planned her quarter…but she didn’t work from the present time. She worked backward from her big goals!
It made complete sense. And more importantly, it took into consideration not just her life/work balance as far as big events on the calendar, but also her finances. She used the BIG ROCK items to plan both her scheduling strategy, but also her pricing schedule.
With this method, she was able to consider all aspects and adjust as new things came up:
All of this was on her calendar in brightly colored, categorized post its. Easily adjustable as she worked through her plan with the end goal in site.
For a visual learner and planner like myself, it was magic!
Have you begun planning for your new year, your next big adventure or product launch or even for what your future looks like? Considering all of that, looking at the big picture…what a fantastic way to kick your business into high gear and go after all your dreams!
As a detail person, I can help. Share your vision with me and let me help fill in the details. I can help create task lists, manage your team and even provide regular status updates.
When I first heard the term “sacred time,” I thought it must be some religious practice. A custom similar to prayer rituals or meditation. But sacred time is not that at all. Sacred time is a block of time that you protect like it’s your child.
It’s set by you and for you. And you can set it for whatever your greatest need is. It’s a time for just you. Not lunch appointments, kids demands or even mindless TV watching. It’s a productive block of time that you designate.
And it is a life changing practice!
First, off everyone’s sacred time looks different. It feels different. And it serves a very specific and unique purpose for each participant. So these are just guidelines from someone who has been playing with these elements in my own sacred time for a while.
For this block of time, it’s you and your mind, you and your goals, you and your work. No noise, no distractions.
This “loneness” may feel odd at first. But I guarantee you will find yourself coming out of it feeling empowered, accomplished and ready to face the world again. And perhaps it will restore your creativity, your energy and your joy as well.
There are lots of resources on sacred time. And whether you use it for growing your business, completing some personal tasks or just tackling things you do not want to do, you will find that setting this time aside is life changing. And very empowering!
If you want to find out more about Sacred Time, check out these resources:
Julie Stoian: Sacred Time + The 100/50/10 System – I love, love, love her!
Wayne Muller: Sabbath – This book is more about self care and setting aside time for that. But the practice is the same and this book is amazing and easy to read. I highly recommend.