Working from home or remotely is wonderful, isn’t it?
There’s no commute, you have more time to put into your work, and you can work your schedule around the family. Having your own business means you get to take control of your future. There’s a problem, though. Being a solo small business owner can be lonely.
The buck stops with you, all the decisions are made by you, and the ‘to do’ list never seems to get any shorter. You’re under a lot of pressure and friends and family may not understand that. Something’s got to give. So, here’s our guide to navigating your way through the exciting start-up phase to cruising the skies on autopilot – without crashing:
- Go out networking
Meeting other small business owners in the same position as you will show you that you’re not alone. Many will have been where you are now, and they will have excellent advice for you. Some networking groups offer business owner development as a key benefit.They will help you make new contacts, develop business relationships, develop your strategy, and develop your public speaking. You will also meet people who help you develop ideas, marketing plans, and new products. You’ll also spread awareness of your brand. It’s a win-win.
- Build your team
You may not have any employees, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a team. An outsourced team is an effective way of lessening the load and creating trusted relationships. You could look at outsourcing your bookkeeping and accounts, your admin work, social media, content marketing, web design and hosting, and IT support.
- Take care of your wellbeing
You’re no good to anyone if you’re burned out, stressed, or ill. So, make time to ensure you are well. That could be putting an hour for a walk at lunchtime in the diary, going to the gym in the morning before starting work, or having a 20-minute mindfulness session. It’s always worth making time in the diary for these activities. Without a slot written in, you may well forget or double book yourself.
- Schedule ideas time
Do this every month. Then, you can think about working ON your business as well as working IN it. This could be ideas for marketing, strategy for new products, or new sub-brands.
- Create a calm office space
Whether you have a home office in your spare room or study, make it a productive, calm space where you can get things done. If your home office is bursting at the seams with paperwork or stock, perhaps it’s time to consider a serviced office. There are several excellent, affordable options in Cardiff, including Workbench.
- Use a virtual address
If your phone is always ringing off the hook, why not get a Cardiff virtual address with call answering? That would allow you to focus on your work, rather than on getting the phone answered. Using a registered office address in Cardiff comes with the added benefit of having a professional mailing address.Looking for a virtual address in Cardiff? Check out our affordable, professional Workbench office packages here.