How To Manage An Online Business-Stay Focused

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Focus Is Key To Managing Your Online Business

As you start your journey in the online business world you will find out very quickly that organization is a big deal. Learning how to manage an online business and the efficient use of your time will help your business take big steps forward.

I have had my own challenges with time management and since I sat down and made a plan and stuck to it, My business has grown quickly. No, it is not magic or some secret, it is just using some organizational skills that can come in handy.

Normally I am not very organized by nature so this has honestly been a challenge for me. However, embracing it and learning new ways to focus and stay on task is helping me grow and become much more productive in my projects.

Time management
Today I want to talk with you about how to manage an online business and still have time to do what you enjoy in life. So hopefully I can convince you how important this is and most importantly, show you that you can do this yourself and see the success you are looking for. Besides the money-making part of the business, you need this as part of your foundation. The money will come in time if you stick to the plan.

Creating a Plan For Your Business

Once you decide you want to start a business online then you really should sit down and make a plan. Some will call it a business plan, but I do not think it needs to be fancy, it can be an outline of how your business model will work and what you plan on doing to succeed. Take the time to write it down, then come back to it in a little while and update or change what you feel needs to be updated.

Your plan will change, so expect it and you will be fine. You may have the greatest business idea ever but once you start doing it, new challenges will arise that could slow you down if you get off track

Here is just a small sample of my plan outline so you get an idea of how to do this.

  • Develop Core Values- Help people first
  • Publish new content consistently 10-12 Posts a Month
  • Finish training from my online business platform I am a member of
  • Set Short, medium and long-term goals for the business
  • Hold my self accountable to the plan

This is just part of it and within each item elaborate on how you will do it.

For example when I use the “Publish new content consistently 10-12 Posts a Month” I explain that I will do this by spending 2 hrs a night on the business and at a minimum of 30 minutes doing research every day, gathering my information ad any notes I have and plan my monthly content creation.

You do not have to share your plan, so just go at it, if you mess up so what, fix it and move on. The important thing is to take the time to get it down on paper, update it constantly but write it down. A couple online places to try for help with organization

Google Docs– A nice free suite to help manage your documentation needs. You will need a google email account

Trello-I just recently learned about this one, a nice suite to help with team collaboration and planning your own work

Setting Goals

We have all heard about goal setting since our childhood right? Make a goal achieve it then make another is what I used to hear. Well, this is essentially the same thing just on a bigger scale.

Settting Goals For Your Online Business
Create goals that are relevant to your plan from above and you are on track to having a very nice business outline set up. You can and should make simple goals like. “Get my first website online within a week” at the end of the week refer back to that goal and check it off. Take the time to make several goals and also write them down.

Using the example from above you could go with

  • Publish new content consistently 10-12 Posts a Month ( from the plan above)
    • Get my website online within 3 days
    • Write for 20 minutes every day
    • add at least 3 images to every post to help with visual appeal
    • Research 40-50 Keywords in the next 2 weeks

Just like with the plan above, these are just examples but you can get the idea. Check them off as you go and create new ones for next month and keep doing that until you have a pattern established in doing this.
I promise you, it will make a huge difference in your productivity and also build your confidence as a business owner.

As a reference I have a similar post on this site about tips to online success, The post covers some of these topics mentioned but also a few others that can help you succeed.

5 Fundamental Tips To Online Business Success

Make a List Of Projects

Besides a plan and goals, you will have projects that you need to work on for your business. For example: Creating image banners or finding a source for free to use images online. Setting up an email autoresponder, getting your social media accounts set up and functional.
I used these since they came from my plan, you can create your own that matches your business and it will probably make more sense.

Again write them down- See a pattern here. Once you write down your side projects you can incorporate them into goals or part of your actual business plan.

The Clock is Ticking

This one may sound silly but it really works. Set an alarm for a specific time frame like 30 minutes or an hour and then do a task from your list for that time and do not get up or do other things until that alarm goes off. Then put it away and move to the next task. I told you it sounds silly, but you know what? it works.

Clock Ticking
Making the most productive use of your time is extremely valuable to your business. I have found that if I do not write stuff down that I get distracted with “multi-tasking” and I end up getting nothing done.
Advice? Avoid multitasking until you are used to being a bit more organized.

I recently was part of a webinar training class where the instructor used a great example. When you are working on your business are you “busy” or are you “productive”? there is a big difference here but think about it, you can be busy and get nothing done but being productive drives you forward

Staying Focused

Working online is fantastic and the benefits are never-ending, but along with that comes a few obstacles that can slow you down. Distractions, phone calls, friend visits, kids playing, even just a conversation going on nearby can be distracting and lead you off track in your productivity.

I recommend a set of noise canceling headphones- Seriously I am not kidding. I use them all the time. The side noises get blocked out and the ones you do hear are much less distracting.

So there you go, I just came up with your first business expense. Headphones 🙂

OK back to reality, avoiding whatever distractions arise is necessary and will be challenging but well worth it as you progress.

Wrap up

We have covered a few topics that should be able to help you effectively manage your business from a productivity standpoint. The financial part is a little different but you can use the same concepts as well in your money making efforts, set your goals and bang them out and before you know it you are on the fast track to success.

What are your methods to stay organized? I would be happy to learn new ways to help with productivity. Please comment and share your experiences
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8 Responses

  1. wildfind says:

    This is the most basic information for successfully managing an online business. However as the most basic it is the most important to build a strong foundation from. Without these simple steps put into play your online business will become overwhelming versus enjoyable.
    So kudos to you for writing this post and reminding everyone to build up from a strong foundation!

    • Todd says:

      Yes it is basic and the point is to build the foundation so the actions become habits, otherwise like you say it will become overwhelming versus enjoyable, It can be very enjoyable to run an Online business but the foundation needs to be in place.

      Thanks for the comment

      Take Care


  2. Darren says:

    Fail to plan and you plan to fail.

    An online business can often be hard in some ways, because most people are running them from home where there are often loads of distractions, and I think your first tip of planning is vital.

    I like your idea of your alarm clock to use your time effectively, as that can be a real problem when doing stuff online. It can be hard to stay focused and switched on. I think having that alarm clock would work really well.

    • Todd says:


      Yes a plan is a must. Folks dive into an online business looking for quick money and usually have no plan, they almost always fail as a result. There are many challenges that pop up when working online like you said distractions at home and time management. Yes the clock really helps me stay focused, I tend to get 3 to 4 times the amount of work done by staying on a schedule. Works really well.

      Thanks for the comment

      Take Care


  3. Mark Baker says:

    Hi Todd,

    Lots of great practical information in this post for anybody running an online business.

    I have to admit I struggle with focus. It’s been like this all my life so I’m sure I must have a touch of ADHD running my system although I was never diagnosed with this as a kid.

    To this end I am most productive if I schedule my tasks directly into my Gmail calendar for the time I have available,usually in 50 min segments with 10 min breaks between them.

    I also use a simple online timer. Knowing what I have to achieve in a defined timed segment seems to keep me on track.

    One of the things I have seriously been considering is noise cancelling headphones so I was really interested to see you mention those. There seem to be so many available on the market, do you have a recommendation perhaps?


    • Todd says:


      I appreciate your insight on how you perform your tasks. Good information about using the calendar and a timer. I had a hard time at first when I started this business with avoiding the distractions. Once i set a plan in motion and segmented my time It really helped. As far as the noise cancelling headphines? I do not really have a recommendation, they do not need to be fancy. Just enough to block out the background noise to help keep you focused. No need to spend a fortune, just find a decent pair and call it good.

      Thanks for the comment

      Take Care


  4. Mollie says:

    Hi Todd,

    This article is great! I really loved the part where you mention you can be busy and get nothing done, while being productive is much more important. I catch myself in this state all the time. I think I am focusing on my writing, but I am thinking about something else.

    I also think it is a great idea to write goals down. It makes them easier to make them a priority, especially when you can check them off once they are accomplished.

    Thanks for the advice!


    • Todd says:


      Glad you stopped by, ya I also find myself distracted at times,there are many things to take care of when running this business. So writing stuff down helps me stay accountable to my goals. The being busy and not getting stuff done Is fairly common until someone is used to staying a bit more focused. I am hoping that this post will help guide someone on the correct path to success.

      Thanks for the comment

      Take Care


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