If you like the idea of working for yourself, but also like the idea of it just being you, going it alone, then being a successful solopreneur could be the answer. You could be in a rut with your current career path, or long to work from home, for yourself, and not have to answer to anyone else. Perhaps your career has taken a backseat to children or to caring responsibilities, but the thought of having to go back to what you were doing before could be difficult.
The thought of becoming a business person by yourself, or a solopreneur as it is now being known, is something that is very exciting. You can choose when you work, what work you take on, what to charge, and where to work. While that is all well and good, being a successful solopreneur means that you do have to do it all. You can’t delegate out, because you’re on your own. So how can you make sure that you make this a success and not get burnt out if this is the path that you want to go down? Here are some things to think about.
When you hire an employee, there are a lot of things that come along with that. You have to think about their pay, having enough work for them, training them, and so on. There can be a lot of legal forms and documents to think about too. As a result, that is probably why you want to do it alone! Not to mention that there are extra stressors like having to pay their sick pay and so on. But if you just need help with something specific, such as someone to design your website, for example, then you should consider outsourcing. You just pay for the work that they do, and then that is that. If you have a business where you are out and about working, such as an electrician or a plumber, then it can be hard to take people’s calls until the end of the day. You could look to get message taking services for your business, for instance. Then you will have time to do the things to really grow your business and that will make you money, rather than having to focus on admin.
It is such a good idea to remember that each day brings a whole new host of things to think about and address. So as a result, you need to make sure that you are able to prioritise your work and to manage your time well. You won’t be able to do everything all in one day, or even all at once. However, you can take some time to prioritise the tasks that are the most important that day, and make sure that you manage your time so that they are completed in the most productive way possible. As a successful solopreneur, one of your most precious resources is time. As a result, you need to make sure that you are using it wisely.
Create effective habits
If you have chosen your goal for the business, or for you as a person, then you need to make sure that you have some consistent habits in your life that are going to make sure that you can get to where you want to be. Habits do take some time to come together. However, once you have got a series of habits that are working well, and you’re in a routine with it all, it can make your daily life much easier, and getting started with work or a certain task, won’t feel like a chore. By creating some effective habits in your life, you are taking away the question of what you are going to do each day, or how long you will spend on something. When something is a habit, you will just do it, which is what all successful solopreneurs need to be doing.
Having some systems in place that can help you, go a long way to help with your consistency, and they can free up a lot of time for you too. Think about how many things you implement on a weekly basis that could be made much simpler. When you do this and think of some systems that could be in place to help you to get your tasks done, then it will all flow much better. Having systems in place can help to free up the mental energy that you need, as well as opening up some opportunities for growth for you when the timing is right.