Have you ever read the E-Myth? If you have you will gather why it can be incredibly challenging to grow a business when in the early years it is just you! You are the delivering the service you felt you were put on this earth for, But that’s not all, you are the accountant, the cleaner, the secretary, the boss, the manager, the marketer etc etc etc and before you know it, you are working 24/7, burnt out and have lost the love for the one thing you know you are good at and the one thing that was once your dream.
“Learning new skills, I believe is the foundation to growing personally and professionally'“.
As a reformed painfully shy introvert, who wouldn’t make eye contact with others, turned award winning speaker, I’m living proof public speaking is not something you’re born able to do; it’s a learned skill.
Creating a client management system has really helped me automate my onboarding process so my clients know that they are fully supported from the very beginning of working with me.
By streamlining those standard elements of your client management process (contracts, invoicing, forms, etc.), you can save a huge amount of time and make onboarding your client a breeze. It allows you to get your client's project started immediately after the sales call (instead of hours or days later) and shows her that your business is serious and that she made the right choice in working with you.
“Align who you are with whatever you put out in the world. Your true success is measured by your alignment. “ Ruby Gwen
Tip 5 in our series #365BizTIps was brought to us by Ruby Gwen
For years I’d been trying to “BECOME” somebody I thought I needed to be in order to follow my dreams. Almost like who I was was never enough for my desires.
“To succeed in business, you need to be outgoing, outspoken and charismatic.”
“To share your voice, you need to be an expert.”
“For people to take you seriously, you should never show up vulnerable.”
So I traded my freedom of being myself and expressing myself to be deemed “qualified” for my dreams. I tried to squeeze myself into those boxes I never belonged. I was in business but I didn’t feel fulfilled. I didn’t even feel excited. Just like I was wearing a beautiful, on-trend dress but didn’t fit me at all.
Until I decided to let go and gave myself permission to just be ME and aligning ME with everything I do and dream of. That’s when everything started to shift. That’s when I started to manifest amazing things almost effortlessly.
That’s when I realized that the first order of business is ALIGNMENT.
Ruby Gwen is a social entrepreneur and motivational speaker. She’s a nerd about mind science and a wholehearted living enthusiast. She loves helping women tap into their inner power to create a life they most want. She recently founded an ethical fashion brand that funds women entrepreneurs in poor communities.
"Your brand story is yours alone, it is uniquely a part of you and no one has the same story or experiences to share."
When I share with my clients why it’s important to share their story to grow their business and brand, they resist. The thought of sharing and being vulnerable in front of their audience is super scary. I mean after all we’re experts, do we want to share such deep emotions and be so raw with our audience?
The truth is that we connect best when we share stories. So when you open up and share from your heart you start to build a deeper connection with your audience and that allows them to get to know who you are.
“Know your strengths and call the experts for anything else” Nicoline Huizingan ( DAY 2 of #365BizTips)
In 2008, my brother-in-law had a huge dream of being an entrepreneur and when he got the opportunity to take over an existing kitchen store, he did it without thinking or consulting an expert. In 2012, he had to close its doors caused by huge debts. Not long after, he got cancer and in 2014, he died, leaving behind my sister and her two boys devastated, and with a 250k € debt.
Do you ever feel like you are running 100 miles an hour? You're texting while you’re talking on the phone, Sending an email while you are cooking or trying to write an email while you are on the phone.
Well, the truth is you are not really multi-tasking because you can truly only give your attention to one thing at a time. Of course, there are exceptions, like walking but when it comes to things we actually need to do consciously it is nearly impossible to give more than one thing our full attention. So here are some big reasons why not to do it.
1.) You make mistakes
It's true, when you are trying to do more than one thing. You make mistakes. This could be a typing error or any other error. And of course, there is one of the most dangerous multi-tasking situations, driving!. People are even dying in accidents from trying to multi-task by texting when they are driving.
2.) It stresses you out
If you are trying to multitask then it is probably because you are in a hurry and that feeling of being in a hurry coupled with the stress of making a mistake while you are trying to multi-task is going to stress you out more. I expect everyone at some stage has burnt something on the stove while trying to do something else. Our lives are so hectic these days, do we really need to add any more stress?
3.) It’s probably slowing you down
So all this mistake making while multi-tasking probably means it’s actually slowing you down. Doing one thing at once means you are less likely to make mistakes and actually do a good job and getting the task done quicker.
4.) It’s hurting your relationships
Remember the old home phone. Well, we probably didn’t use to bring it to the table with us and start making phone calls at the dinner table. However, this is what many of us are effectively doing now by bringing our mobile phones to the table. you only have to look around in a cafe at couples or friends. Most of the time they are looking down at a device and not actually present with the person they with. People are getting distracted and you can see how it upsets people when they are not getting someones full attention.
5.) It can make you put on weight!
Yes, it really can. When we are multi-tasking while eating our brains will often not recognise that we are full and therefore may continue eating when we normally wouldn’t.
6. It’s using up your creativity
When you are multi-tasking you are probably just doing what is required and not doing it that well and when we are using our working brain to its full capacity it’s not really giving our creative brain the time and space to get creative.
7. Your memory may suffer
If you are trying to do more than two things at once then it makes sense that you are probably not going to remember either very well. For example, trying to work while watching TV. Well, you are either going to remember all the film. It’s literally impossible to do both.
8. It’s actually dangerous
Well, we all know about the whole texting and driving or people getting run over while walking and texting. We can also forget to do other things as simple as turning the stove or the iron off if things do not have our full attention.
Are you a multi-tasker? If so, what do you multitask? Do you think you are any good at it or not? Does it stress you out? Do you think by no Multi-tasking you may actually do things better? Can you see any advantages or disadvantages to Multi-tasking?
Well, I don’t know about you but when I get overwhelmed, nothing happens. Literally and I waste a whole bunch of my time and don’t achieve very much at all.
It’s one of the worst feelings, made worse by the fact that you are just running around in circles and getting stressed beyond belief. This is the main reason I created MY PA. I was tired of getting to the end of the week not feeling that I had achieved enough and totally stressed out by feelings of overwhelm.