If you were to poll a hundred entrepreneurs to ask them if they love handling their entire workload and all of the technical marketing or administrative tasks that go along with operating a business, I would be surprised if you got a single, solitary yes.
How many balls are you juggling right now? Never mind the things going on in your personal life. I’m talking about work commitments. The day-to-day things that happen in your business to keep clients happy and things running smoothly?
I read something in my social media travels last week that really struck me. It was a Facebook post made by an acquaintance who had just quit her job to pursue her passion. She said she was tired of working to support someone else’s dream when she could be using that time to support her own.
That got me thinking … are you doing work you love? Or have you sacrificed your dream along the way? Either by working with clients you don’t truly resonate with, or by doing tasks that detract (rather than add to) your joy?
You know those days when you feel your brain-power is stretched so thin you can’t focus. Those days when you can barely concentrate and are having trouble remembering what do do next. Or you have so many things to get done you wish you could clone yourself?
That’s called overwhelm. It’s a very common ailment among small business owners. And, there IS a cure!
The theme for many of my blog posts this past year have been about overwhelm in one way or another. I’ve written about a few things you can do to avoid it, how to get out of it once you’re in it, and even danced around one of the the best ways a business owner can avoid and stay out of overwhelm. So today, I’m going to jump right in and state the obvious.
Summer is drawing to a close. Out-of-town guests are packing up and returning to their regular lives. The kids are getting back to school. You’re just about back to your regular pace of life.
But wait … how much time have you taken off this summer for yourself?
I’ve been providing a wide range of support services to the coaching industry for the past ten plus years. Over these years, I’ve grown quite familiar with how to support these hard-working coaches. And, along the way, I’ve managed to sell myself on the benefits of working with coaches to the point where I completely understand the benefit and value of working with a coach (or coaches) to improve my own business!
Yep … you know the one I’m talking about. You’ve been diligently working on that big blog post or an email to one of your clients, or the article you’re submitting to Social Media Today! You’ve proofed it at least 5 times and even ran it through Spell Check (we all know how well that works with certain words). Then you hit send and “Arrrrggggg!!!!” There it is glaring at you as it flashes by your eyes after you hit publish or send. It’s mocking you and sometimes, there isn’t a darn thing you can do about it – like using it’s instead of its in my ezine that went out this morning! I’ll definitely be taking my own advice and having someone on my team proof it before I schedule it. Lesson learned!
In a previous blog post I shared some tips for overcoming overwhelm when business becomes a bit too much for one entrepreneur to handle. One of those tips was to stop trying to do everything yourself, by finding a team of professionals to help take care of tasks.
Deciding to work with a team of Marketing Support Specialists is a great way to take a big load off your shoulders; but only if you find the right team, and if you can figure out how to work well with that team.
Trying to do it all may seem like a great tactic for savvy business owners, but those of us who have been business a while know this line of thinking can ultimately end up crippling business growth.
Here’s a short list of things that often occur when a speaker or coach tries to manage every aspect of their business all by themselves: [Read more…]