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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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