In my work with savvy online biz owners, I’ve found that if you want to have a sustainable, profitable business, you have to do 5 things. Today, I’m filling you in on what they are so you can create a sustainable business model and stop worrying about how you’ll pay next month’s electric bill.
1. Create a daily system
You must have a daily system to focus on your money making tasks and helps you stay on track to reach your goals. Without a daily system in place, you’ll be running your biz on the fly – which leads to tasks getting missed, goals not getting hit, and constantly where the day went when it hits 5:00.
The key to a daily system is having a system that works for you. I used to order a paper planner at the end of every year, get all giddy when it came it, and swear I was going to use this planner everyday to accomplish my goals. And then the planner would sit on my desk, basically empty, and I wouldn’t fill it out. It wasn’t until I started using Trello that I actually created a daily system and began to use it every single day. Now, my daily system lives on Trello and I’m more productive than I’ve been. Once you find the daily system that works for you, you’ll notice such a difference in your productivity and how quickly you reach your goals.
2. Create systems (+ document them)
If you’re like me, you started your business and learned everything as you went along. You taught yourself how to use your email marketing platform, found out your favorite way to format your blog posts, and answer your emails in a specific way. Without really thinking about it, you were building your business systems!
Now the key to making these systems sustainable, and recognizing and bottlenecks in them, is to write them down. Having your systems in your head doesn’t cut it. You want to write down step-by-step instructions for how you get things done in your biz. When you outsource, it’s SO much easier to just share a link to your operations manual instead of getting overwhelmed at the thought of having to teach someone your biz systems.
3. Set up a tool for managing your projects + team
It doesn’t matter what type of business you have, you need a project management tool to manage your business tasks and team. If you’re your only team member, you need to keep yourself on track.
Use a free tool like Asana or Trello to keep track of everything in your biz – from launches, to blog posts, to collaborations. Use this is your virtual to-do list and map out any projects from start to finish. I can’t tell you how much more productive I’ve been since using Trello to manage my biz and how easy it is to manage my content, to-do list and projects.
4. Implement automations that save you time + money
There’s way too much to keep up with in your biz to do it all manually. Not to mention, by automating tasks, you’re freeing up your time (+ team member’s time) to focus on important tasks and create new content and services for your audience.
There’s so many free, or affordable tools, to automate and simplify your processes to allow you to focus on things that need your time and attention. By making it a priority to spend time in your week to implement these automations, you’re saving yourself a lot more time in the long run. And that’s why you’re here. Because you want to build a sustainable business model that doesn’t leave you overworked and overwhelmed.
5. Outsource tasks you don’t have time for so you focus on growing your biz
Outsourcing scares a lot of people and it’s totally understandable. You’ve built this baby from the ground up and you’ve put every ounce of love and dedication into it. And now you’re going to let a stranger in. How can they possibly do as good of a job as you can?! The truth is, when you find the right team member for your biz, that person is going to make your life so much easier and you’ll finally be able to take a deep breath. Start by outsourcing smaller tasks and then work your way up. For example, all the client’s who have me manage their inbox, have had me work with them for a few months beforehand so that when I jumped in their inbox, they were completely confident in having me represent their biz via email.