Be Your Own Boss
We are consistently taught from childhood how to complete tasks we are given. But what happens when we are the ones assigned to give those tasks? I had never really thought about being an entrepreneur until I was out in the working world. No one in my family had ever done it and I was always one of those students who could task manage, and balance academics with athletics. However, at the time I never realized how in both of these areas I was simply a moving piece, not the motor of the machine.
Once I started my blogging journey I couldn’t stop. I wanted more and more from the experience and that meant hitting the ground running! I immediately found influencers who I aspired to be, and I became relentless in the pursuit of this newfound passion. And to be honest, I am still in this first phase of working for the dream. These steps are as much a method of research for me as they are a written piece for you!
These steps are the pieces I have build into my daily mantra as I start to ramp up my goals for Below the Blonde. I am going to be writing these tips with blogging in mind. However, I truly believe these steps can help for any type of entrepreneurial goals you may have. So with that being said, let’s friggin’ do it!
1. BE READY
For me the “be ready” phase came when I couldn’t fall asleep without coming up with some sort of idea for BTB. I would be at work so distracted by my online goals I couldn’t stop looking at the clock just to calculate when I could get to the “real work”! Trust me when I say, you will know when you are ready to be your own boss. And you will know you are ready because you will be open to change.
2. BE OPEN TO SACRIFICE.
Being open to sacrifice is not easy, and it’s not supposed to be. When you add something new to your life it means you are likely going to need to shift your focus from something you are currently doing.
For me sacrifice meant staying up later then I expected; elbows deep in web design and google searches. It meant scheduling time to work for myself, versus going out for drinks with the girls. I am the first person to tell you balance is one of the most important things you can bring to your life. But when you are starting up a business – prioritizing time for your craft is not only necessary, it is crucial.
3. STOP TALKING ABOUT IT & DO IT
I have had so many young people approach me about starting a blog and it makes me all kinds of warm and fuzzy inside. But the number of people who I have actually seen content from is shockingly low. Stop talking about starting and just do it!
The best place to learn is not always in a classroom. My greatest teacher has been myself in this process so far (it’s been Google but I’ll give myself credit for finding the information). Trial and error is the best path to understanding. No, it may not be as instantaneous as you would like it to be, but I guarantee the fruits of your labour are going to be incredibly satisfying.
4. WRITE WHEN YOU WANT TO WRITE & DO IT FOR YOURSELF
Whenever I am asked about how to build a brand through a website, my number one piece of advice is to start anonymously. Start your page, don’t tell anyone and just create content for yourself. When you feel like writing, write. And when you don’t feel like writing, don’t.
When you start, the most important thing to keep in mind as fore mentioned – this is for you! Having a personal space and a brand is incredible for getting your ideas out and being creative. That all starts with you, and should stay authentically yours! As you create your content, you will find your theme and your brand. And one day you will be ready to share it with your friends and family.
5. SCHEDULE TIME TO WORK FOR YOURSELF
I am a firm believer in, “if it’s not on the calendar, it ain’t happening honey!” We pull ourselves out of bed, drag our sleepy bodies into the shower and go to work everyday for an employer. But, what if that employer was you? Whether it is a fitness goal or an entrepreneurial one, you need to set your schedule as if someone is expecting you to be somewhere.
When I started scheduling in time to work for myself I noticed an incredible spike in productivity. And not only that, but now I find it easier to plan time to be social. I treat work on my blog like work at the office. My boss is pretty nice but damn she gives a mean side eye when I’m in front of a mirror.
6. NARROW YOUR FOCUS TO 3 TASKS MAXIMUM
Starting something new can overwhelm you before you even get started. Do yourself a favor and narrow your focus to 3 tasks per day maximum. By effectively focusing on your desired task you will avoid jumping from one to the other.
Tracking your progress becomes much easier when you can concretely identify your daily tasks. Productivity is a muscle we need to constantly train and work on. Don’t be too judgmental on yourself if you have trouble focusing at first, you may just be really excited! So in this case write everything down and have a running list.
7. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH MOTIVATED LIKEMINDED INDIVIDUALS
We are what we eat and who we situate ourselves with with! Trust me when I say, avoid the uphill battle and choose to spend time with people who believe in your vision. And I’m not talking about people who just like to drink the same koolaid. I mean critical thinkers who want the best for you and challenge you and your brand. These are the people who are constructively critical and in the pursuit of similar passions.
If you are around people who don’t understand why you are working this hard, it may be time to reconsider how much time you spend with them. Harsh right, I just pulled the old, “your friends kind of suck, get new ones” trick! But honestly it will make a world of difference if you surround yourself with people who are driven and understand your daily processes.
8. USE BREAKS EFFECTIVELY
If you want to really make it over the hump of starting up a business, any entrepreneur will tell you their desk light was on past 10pm. But with that being said, it is still important to enjoy the journey. Use breaks to effectively clear your mind and reset your engines.
From experience, the best breaks are those away from the screen and in the great outdoors. These outdoor breaks allow my body and brain to regenerate… speaking of regeneration, never undermine the value of sleep! Ground yourself and gear up for one hell of a ride!
This journey is a slow burn my friend. But the most gratifying part about the whole process is that no one can take your hard work away from you when it comes to your own platform. I cannot tell you how amazing it feels when I randomly get a message in my inbox, from someone I never would have expected to look at my content, telling me they’ve enjoyed it. It’s times like those that immediately set my soul on fire!
This is part one of the “Be Your Own Boss” series; I hope you enjoyed it and if you didn’t then that’s okay because I enjoyed it myself! If you have any tips, tricks or comments please leave them in the comment section below. Cannot wait to show you what else I have in store. #LetsDoThis
You can do this if it is something you want. Just start.
Cover Photo by Jenna MacDermaid