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Create A Sense Of Organization Among The Small Business Chaos

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A sense of organization is something that every single business needs to feel, but how easy would you say that that is to do? Especially as a small business, it’s so easy to feel a sense of panic and despair, rather than feeling as though you’re actually comfortable with what you’re doing. Especially if you’re a new startup, organization most definitely isn’t going to be your strong suit, but we know there are a few things that you can do to pull it all together. Because although it might not feel as important to you to focus on organization whilst you are just a small business, it won’t be long until the lack of organization will catch up with you as your business grows. Plus, there’s nothing worse than feeling like the small business that you have, is all over the place in terms of organization. So, keep on reading, and we’ll show you the organization that you need, and how you can go about creating it.

 

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Realise The Scale You’re Working With

So the first thing that you need to do, is realise the scale that you’re working with, and how quick your business is growing. We carry this label of a small business around with us for so long, but the scale you’re working with could be much more, especially in terms of data. Data is one of the biggest targets in business at the minute, with cyber thieves are always on the lookout to take anything that they could use in terms of data, even if that just be email addresses and passwords of customers that you might have stored, or indeed your own. So one of the best ways to keep your data safe, is to use managed servers so that your information is more safe and secure.

 

Make Integrating Far Easier

Being able to integrate better with your own business is so important, especially if you’re growing at a rapid rate, and are expanding and making connections with other businesses. Not only that, but if your team begins to expand, you really need to focus on making working easier. One way of doing so is looking at Dynamic Personalization, which allows you to better share documents with the relevant people, as well as better track who is using them. Document integration is one thing a lot of businesses fail with, but they all need nearly every single day.

 

Manage The Daily Chaos

Daily organization is the one that business owners probably struggle with the most, and it’s mainly due to the lack of daily planning. A simple plan to start the day gives you something to stick to, rather than just flicking from job to job. Plus, it helps to keep your mind calm and collected, and teaches you which way is the best way to manage the day. You might also benefit from taking regular breaks throughout the day to simply have a drink and something to eat, and to let your mind switch off for a few minutes. Doing that will surely help with the sense of organization. Something all business owners seem to forget to do! 

 

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How to Survive the Quiet Months as a Self Employed

The earning potential of a freelancer or self employed is limitless, unlike being an employee. As a self employed person you determine how much you want to earn so long as you back it up with the work that will make that figure possible. In a 9 to 5 you’re only entitled to a fixed salary from month to month.

There are pros and cons for each career path, so it all depends on what matters to you. Working from home works for me and my family at the moment, and I don’t see that ever-changing. I enjoy my work and the flexibility it brings. Plus, I make more money every month than I did at my previous traditional 9 – 5 job.

 

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Although being self employed is great, there are times when you face those dreaded quiet months where the inflow of projects or gigs is slow. This can pose a challenge in your life. However, if you’re prepared for those quiet months you’ll be unperturbed when those months knock at your door. Here are some quiet months survival methods for when you are struggling with new ideas to bring in money.

 

Survival Tip #1: Plan ahead

As much as planning for success is important, you should also factor in moments when things may not work according to plan. That’s where most self-employed miss it. They don’t expect that anything can go wrong, but that’s nearly impossible in real life.

Have a list of all the things you want to achieve next month and how you will make them happen. Now on another list write all the mishaps that could probably happen and how you would get over the problem.

This little exercise will give you a realistic perspective of your monthly goals as well as a road map out of possible things that may go wrong. The idea is not to focus on the negatives but rather help you make necessary improvements to smash your goals.

 

Survival Tip #2: Contact previous clients

Clients are the livewire of your business. So, if you’re having quiet months then you have a problem. The good news is that you don’t have to go very far before you can get clients.

One of the ways to get clients to patronize you is to reach out to your previous clients. Ask them if they have any projects you can help them with. Give them offers that will make them come back.

If they aren’t ready to hire you for the month, don’t stop there. Ask them if they know anyone who would need your service or product. You’d never know how many gigs can come out from just asking. Reach out to various corporations and see what happens.

 

Survival Tip #3: 10X your outreach

During those dry spells, you have to put yourself out there constantly and consistently so that more people can know about you and the products and services you offer. The more people know about what you do, the higher the chances that someone will buy from or hire you.

There are so many ways you can put yourself and your business out there. You can join meet-ups or other networking events and connect with people. Guest posting to showcase your expertise and attract your target audience is another great idea. You can help your target audience with problems or questions they have as a way to let people know what you can do. Pitch to companies or small businesses you can offer your services to.

 

Survival Tip #4: Promote on Social Media

Never estimate the power of social media. With the help of social media, you can be based in the UK, but still reach people as far as Detroit or from China. Ensure you always promote your business on social media. Make use of the social media platforms that work best for your kind of business and get the word out there.

 

 

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These survival tips are tried and tested by me, and have worked beautifully for many years now.

How do you handle the quiet months in your business? Do you have any tried and tested tip to share with other self-employed persons? Please drop a comment in the comments box below.

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My Purpose for Fashion and Style Police Blog

Before I dive into My Purpose for Fashion and Style Police Blog, let me explain how I got to the point of writing this post.

I read books a lot and I love reading. My goal for this year is to read a book a week. This was the same goal I had last year and I almost smashed it. So I am hoping I smash it completely this 2018. I am currently reading The Mindful Entrepreneur:How to rapidly grow your business while staying sane, focused and fulfilled by Howard Finger and Aryeh Goldman on my Kindle. And I am really learning a lot. It is a very easy to read self-help non fiction book but it is written in a fiction way, if that makes any sense.

 

 

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I got this book for 99p and it is the best 99p I have spent so far this year. It is literally speaking to me and I am so glad I found this book. I have made some silly decisions lately; buying books with great samples only to realise it was a complete waste of my time and money. Most times I struggle to finish reading such book and just abandon it halfway but not this book. I am soaking the wise words from Howard Finger and Aryeh Goldman, and implementing the information into my business.

The Mindful Entrepreneur book has made me think deeply outside the box. It has opened my eyes to how to discover my deep purpose for Fashion and Style Police Blog by answering 4 Why questions.  I found the exercise some educative and I know I will be learning a lot from this book.

 

 

 

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My Purpose for Fashion and Style Police Blog
  1. Why do I write on Fashion and Style Police Blog? I write to provide quality fashion, beauty and lifestyle articles.
  2. Why should anyone read my blog? Because I write quality articles that will educate and entertain my readers.
  3. Why would my blog posts entertain or educate anyone? My blog posts entertain and educate because they will make my readers feel good and feel like they have learnt something new after reading my posts.
  4. Why would the blog readers feel good and like they have learnt something new? My blog readers will spend wisely on products and services that would best serve them. They will also be informed on how best to use these products and services. These readers will eventually save money and time that would have been spent shopping around for products and services that would not work for them.

 

These answers have led me to the summary of my business purpose for the blog, which is to save money and time. And that valuable purpose makes me feel so good.

 

I urge every business owner to try this exercise. It makes you think deeply outside the box for the right answers. And it should work for every business because every business needs a meaningful purpose to succeed. For you to be a successful blogger/business owner, you and your staff must be focused on fulfilling a valuable purpose for your customers.

Do try this exercise and let me know how you get on.

 

 

 

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