Sometimes, it can be difficult being a ‘one-man show’ but it doesn’t always have to be.
Those of us who work from home are often presented with frequent and interesting challenges.
Trying to do everything myself has taught me some valuable lessons about my own strengths and weaknesses.
Over the years, there were times when I felt utterly burned out or bombarded by information overload and that can have a paralyzing effect.
Here are a couple tips on how to help avoid this from happening:
Don’t let your pride get in the way!
I’m a Graphic designer by trade, so naturally, I’ve always wanted to do all the graphics myself, while attempting to juggle all else that comes with running an online biz.
Until recently, I never would have considered outsourcing but it has saved me immeasurable amounts of time.
If you look around, there are plenty of highly gifted designers and other pros that are competitively priced.
Today for example, I hired a copywriter to help finish up a site I’m building for my wife. Can I write copy myself? Yes. Do I suck at it? Well, I’m definitely not a pro and the time saved coupled with the work done by a pro makes it all worth it to me in the long run.
The Warrior forum, Digital Point and Fiverr are great places to find your ‘hired guns’.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Network with like minded people and ask questions. Chances are, someone else has been where you’re at and has an answer.
If not, they may even be able to point you in the right direction to someone that does.
Avoid entanglements and drama
Sounds silly, but the fact is, not everyone will like you and you wont like everyone you come into contact with either.
That’s ok! Just move on and don’t allow it to occupy more time than what it’s worth. Never lose sight of your goals or the bigger picture.
Don’t expect everything to be free
This mindset still seems to be quite common in the online world.
While there are many great things that are free, the reality is that it does cost money to run a successful online biz.
Afterall, this is a business you’re running and not a hobby, right? It deserves to be treated like a business, so if you aren’t willing to spend a few bucks on it, why should your customers? So set aside a few bucks to spend on the essentials.
I’m a bit old-school in some ways. I like things I can actually see and touch because Im a visual person, so I always write a detailed ‘To-do’ list on a blank sheet of paper and keep it on my desk where I can see it.
As the day goes on, I make an effort to check off the items on this list and sort of make a game out of it.
I also have a white board hanging on the wall containing my long-term goals which do not require immediate attention.
In closing, I just want to point out that some of the most successful online businesses are made up of people that each have unique talents to bring to the table.
Since you’re flying solo, remember to keep the points above in mind. I can almost guarantee that you will be far more productive in the end and being overwhelmed will be one of your least concerns.
Until next time, keep on rockin,