5 Tips for Organizing Your Online Business

5 Tips for Organizing Your Business

5 Tips for Organizing Your Online Business

The following tips will help in creating goals and implementing strategies to see them realized along with maintaining the motivation to keep yourself on track while running your online business.

1. Use online resources to create a schedule.
It only seems appropriate that your online business should use online resources.  This is effective as you can keep focused on what you need to do with a click into a browser instead of switching your focus to paper, another program or another device.  This is also great for anybody that happens to use more than one computer or device for their work as you can quickly access your schedule, as long as you’ve got an internet connection, which is necessary for your business anyway.

Google Calendar is a great option for this.  You can sync Google Calendar with an iPhone or Android device and set it up to notify you in different ways of upcoming entries in your schedule.  Create a strict or casual schedule – whatever you feel is best for you – and if you tend to like the paper approach you can print off your schedule as well.  As with most Google products, it’s quite customizable to your preferences.

2.. Use online resources to create a ‘To Do’ List.
All the little jobs that you want to do or need to get done should be written down on a list.  This list will be comprised of thoughts and ideas that pop into your head, tasks to do to move toward your goals and regular tasks that you need to do in the operation of your business.  Using an online program for this has the same benefits as using an online calendar

Trello is a flexible and user-friendly option for organizing your ideas and projects in one area.  You can create many boards and different organizations, which is very helpful when you want to start a new project in your business.  A board consists of a 3 column listing of “To Do” “Doing” and “Done” (which you can change the names of) and you can add in comments, checklists, due dates, files and customize to your liking in several different ways.  You can also share a Board or Organization with other people, so you can collaborate with others on a project and see what’s been done, who has done it and what needs to be done.  It’s also beneficial to share your task list with some that can simply check up on your progress to add that bit of accountability motivation.

3. Make it official and make a business plan
Many home businesses never get the benefit of a well thought out approach to operations and expectations.  Although business plans are especially popular for those who are in search or financing, every person that would like to make money with their business should have spent the time creating some type of business plan.  You don’t need to focus on the financial details as much as a traditional plan would, but you want to create a plan of how your business will operate and what the products and/or services are.  A business plan makes you think about various parts of running a business and clarifies its viability in the marketplace.  It may also force you to think of a more viable business venture if your original idea does look as good written down as it did in your head.  The Internet is full of great resources to assist you in creating an effective business plan.

4. Make a Today List
Similar to a To Do List, a Today List is an informal yet intentional way of thinking about what you want to accomplish in your day.  Get yourself a pad of sticky notes of whatever size you would like to be able write down daily tasks.  You may want to consult a ‘master’ To Do list or some type of schedule that you have created to be aware of what your overall tasks are.  Write down short, to the point notes of what you plan to accomplish in your day then stick this somewhere where you can easily glance at it throughout the day.  You can add to this list as the day goes on as you might think of a phone call you need to make or new task that comes up.  The most important part of this exercise is the conscience thinking about your day and writing down your intentions as you begin working.  This little list should get chucked at the end of the day and don’t make any judgments on yourself about whether you did what you had planned to at the beginning of the day or not.  Start a new list at the beginning of a new working day.  If there are tasks that you want to remember to do that didn’t get done from your ‘Today List’ then just transfer them to your schedule or business ‘To Do’ List.

5.. Do the small, but essential tasks first
Attending to email, making phone calls or updating your social media accounts may be possible essentials that need daily attention.  They are also things that can be distracting if you are returning to them throughout your working time so that is why it is effective to do these jobs to begin with and possibly to finish off with as well.  You will likely have other responsibilities that fit into this category, depending on the type of business you run – think of all those little things you do that take focus away from other jobs.

BONUS TIP: Don’t get caught up on getting everything perfect.
Many precious hours can be wasted on spending too much time perfecting something.  Although you want to portray a certain level of professionalism, don’t be overly concerned with getting the perfect look, the perfect words or the perfect plan.  You can always add something on your ‘To Do’ list if you’re not really satisfied with how it initially worked out.  This allows you to at least complete the task at hand and move on to other productive tasks.

Studying-Learning

Stuck in the Learning Rut

Today I am compelled to write about the Learners verses the Doers. Over the weekend, I questioned myself, was I trying to learn too much and telling myself that I still had to understand more before I actually attempted anything, or was I truly properly preparing myself for what I needed to do? I was getting the feeling that maybe I was letting the fear of failing convince me that I did not understand enough and then my first sign came.

  1. Sign number one was a video that appeared on my newsfeed of Seth Godin’s “Quieting the Lizard Brain” where he talks about the fear of failure and never actually delivering the product because one is stuck trying to reach perfection.
  2. The following morning, I watched a webinar where the number one killer of business was “not taking action” or sitting around not doing anything and focusing on learning rather taking action and doing.
  3. My final sign came this afternoon when Donna Merrill used Periscope to discuss “Procrastination: Fear of Failure”.

 

“I pay attention to the synchronicities in life” –Gabriel Bernstein’s Spirit Junkie App

Yes, Universe, I hear you! Yes, I pay attention to the synchronicities, and yes, it’s time to take action!

 

You know what I’m talking about when I say perpetual learners, right?

  • The people that hold 5 or 6 college degrees, but no other job than being a TA.
  • The people that are always signing up for webinars and purchasing “How-to” products, but never actually implement the action of doing what they’ve learned.
  • The people that have read every book on said topic, but have no actual experience in implementing what they’ve read.

 

So what is the difference between information hoarders and action takers? One word: FEAR.

 

“Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will” – Suzy Kassem

 

So what do you do to overcome the fear of failure and start taking actions toward progress?

 

The first step is understanding what exactly it is you’re afraid of. The word “failure” isn’t enough. You’ll need to further define what that failure is to you. More than likely you’re afraid of under-delivering, not beating your competition, and/or appearing to lack knowledge in the area of your expertise. So what do you do other than to continue studying and learning? You take action, that’s what!

  • Quickly devise a plan for removing each of your fears. For example: if under-delivering is a fear, determine how you can ensure customers are happy with their purchase. Maybe that is adding an additional product that compliments your original product at no additional cost to the customer. Consider PLR products, or short 1-3 minute videos from other experts in your field with knowledge that would support users of your products, and offer great customer service to answer questions your customers may have after purchase.
  • Shift Your Perspective – Your idea of perfection is generally different from others ideas of perfection. If your product (or service) can aid others or act as a solution for a problem others have, does it need to fit your idea of perfection? Most people would answer ‘no’ to this question. Most people would simply be happy that there was a solution or service offered that does, in fact, help others.
  • Continue to Perfect AFTER Delivery – Experts never cease learning, that’s how they remain at the top of their fields. As you continue to learn, you can continue to offer better solutions and services. These solutions and services should be upsells and/or giveaways to loyal customers. Perfection is an illusion while evolution is not. As you continue to learn and grow and put that knowledge into action, developing more products and services for your clients, your business evolves and remains relevant to the times.

 

 

Don’t stay stuck in the learning rut, but rather continue to learn, act and repeat. You’ll not only feel more accomplished, but your customers will be grateful.