Last week my car broke down and it’s been quite an inconvenience, but I’ve been too busy to devote time to finding another one. That got me thinking about life admin – things that we need to do to keep our lives going e.g. research for a deal on a holiday or cleaning the house or in my case, looking for a new car. It’s one thing not to have time for socializing, it’s another thing entirely not to have time for life admin. I need to make time for it because if my personal life is in disarray it’ll start filtering into my business life as is the case with the car (or lack thereof). Without the car, I’ve added an hour to my daily travel time. So today I decided that work can wait, I need to find a new car.
Had any life admin issues?
I’d say over the last few years I’ve had a great work-life balance. I made time for friends and family and it was great. This year, hmm.. not so much. I can count on one hand the number of times I have left my house for non-work related activities. The tell-tail sign is usually how long my contact lens back last for. Last year I’d get through about one a month, this year I haven’t been able to finish even one box (that’s 3 months- Yikes).
Everyone goes on about how important it is to have a balance, but I’m starting to realise when you’re building a business, that’s a luxury that you have to be willing to let go of. I tried to have it all over the last few years and frankly I was miserable. Now that I am concentrating on one thing – business, I feel alive again.
This could also have something to do with the fact that I’m an introvert by nature, but the fact of the matter trying to have it all from the start might not be realistic. They say “an entrepreneur lives like most people won’t for a few years, so that they can live like most be can’t for the rest of their lives.” I’m finding that to be case at least in my situation. One day I’ll have the luxury of a work-life balance, or even better I might not even have to work if I do this right, but until then, I’m ok with not having it all right now.
What do you think? Is a work-life balance realistic when starting a business?
Over the last 3 years, I haven’t really felt like myself, and earlier this year I realised that may have something to so with the fact that I simply haven’t given 100% to my business. I have always been someone that works hard (well, works smart). I strategise, plan and execute. But I simply haven’t allowed myself to do that over the last 3 years. I’m not really sure why, perhaps it’s because of fear of failure, or lack of passion. Regardless, this year I decided I will put everything I have into my business.
This weekend, I was knackered, from working a 60 hour week, but I felt fulfilled and happy and that’s when it hit me, I’m back to myself again and it feels sooo good. Now I’m not recommending a 60 hour week, but I’m realising that in business, you must be true to yourself. We must not let fear hold me back.
Anyway welcome back Korede.
Have you ever felt like you’ve lost yourself for one reason or another?
So it’s the beginning of a new month and it’s time to set new goals.
- 15 new clients
- 4 new employees
- Complete a google adwords training (if you know of an online one I can sign up to please let me know
- Start advertising on google adwords
- Sort out employee lanyards
Let’s get to work.
What are your goals for this month?
I’m super excited to say I hit my March Target. Literally only made it yesterday. So so so so chuffed. I wanted to sign up 10 new customers and I’ve hit 10 right on the nose loool.
Targets are a beautiful thing, they give us something to work towards. Having said that, targets alone aren’t enough. I’ve had 10 as a magic number for almost a year and I have literally never hit it. Month in and month out, I’d set 10 as the target, although by the end of the last year I’d reduced it to 5, and I still wasn’t really hitting that regularly.
So what changed? In January, I stopped setting targets and started working on a sales funnel – a step by step guide on how to turn a potential customer/cold lead into a paying customer. With a little tweaking over the last few months, I now have a system that works. I just wish I’d put one together 2 years ago. Better late than never right?
Now if I could just come up with one for recruiting new employees….
Do you have a sales funnel? Does it work?
Spent much of yesterday partly looking for new employees and partly freaking out about the fact that I need to hire more employees asap.
The great thing about growth is knowing that finally your hard work is paying off. You can finally see the picture taking shape and coming together. The problem however, is that more customers means more structural development within a business. In my case, more employees. More employees means more people to manage and thus more time spent on that.
I’m now learning to create systems that will ensure that very customer’s experience is great consistently. That means more time must be spent on my business, rather than in my business. (shout out to “The E-Myth Revisited” by Michael Gerver. It’s a must read!)
Slowly but surely (well, quickly but surely), I’m seeing my role change in my business and it’s exciting- scary, but exciting.
What are the business growing pains you’re experiencing?
To say it’s been a while is an understatement. It’s been 2 years since I last posted. I really wanted to blog my entire journey but that has been immense fail, so I’ve decided that blogging one paragraph a day is more doable for me.
What to expect:
- My weekly business goals
- My weekly business progress
- Lessons I’ve learnt
- Books I’m reading
- Stories about the journey so far.
I’m feeling super excited, because my business is in a completely different place since my last post today and we are growing quite quickly.
I can’t wait to take this journey with you guys. 2017 is the year I’ve been waiting for. eeeeks. Join me on this amazing journey to my ultimate goal.