Tips for Running a Business While Working Full-time

Are you trying to run a successful side business while working a full-time job? Below are some of the tips I learned to help me with this:

  1. Work on quality over quantity. Obviously, you can’t devote a full day of work to your business throughout the week. Because of this, it is important to figure out how much time you can dedicate to your business without getting burned out. You need to also consider how much time you need to invest to produce work that is top quality. Don’t worry about how much others in your line of business are doing but, rather, focus on what’s on your plate and how to manage it realistically. Do the best you can with what you have.
  2. Schedule for yourself. Figure out how much time you can give to your business and plan what you will do in that time. Set up blocks of time to work on each aspect of your business instead of always just trying to play catch up. Be honest with your clients in regards to your business hours and let them know what they can expect from you. Find the routine that works best for you and follow that with your clients and with your workload.
  3. Make a system for you to follow. We have all heard that we need to work smarter, not harder. This can be a hard balance for your business. Put systems or apps into place to help with your workflow, social media management, bookkeeping, contracts, and all other parts of your business that help you be successful. You time is your most valuable commodity so it must be used wisely. If you find something that will help you streamline or automate your work, it will help you to be more productive and save you time.

Hopefully, these three tips will help you to run your business more efficiently and give you more balance while you also work a full-time job. Remember, you can create your own rules when you own your own business.

Helping Others to Help Yourself

Most of us start a business with the thought of serving others with our product or service. No business is inherently selfish, otherwise it will fail in today’s economy. People these days are more inclined to look deeper into a business before spending their hard-earned cash.

If you want to grow your business successfully, you must be willing to go out of your way to support others around you. This needs to be done in a way that is selfless without expecting anything in return. Chances are, people are a lot more willing to help you out if you have helped them with something in the past.

There are times in your business life that you will enjoy a lot of growth and see that your work is making in difference in the lives of your customers. These days will typically follow the ones where you have helped someone do something they could not have done without help. This creates a ripple effect that has a huge impact on you and the ones you help.

Many online gurus will say that you need to provide some sort of value to your tribe. There are many ways to do this. Maybe you put messages on social media platforms or teach online classes. I have personally found, though, that directly helping someone has a lot more impact on how they support your efforts later in life.

It is true that you will not be able to get to know each of your clients on a personal level if your business is a decent size, but the connections you do make can happen without much effort. Cherish these connections. Support them and help them out whenever you can.

Through helping others, you inevitably help yourself. It doesn’t make sense how it happens but, trust me, it does. When you have genuine human interactions with others through your business or personal life, it makes your business stronger and people will come to you more.

Being Efficient and Effective

When it comes to small business, the goal is to have a system that is both efficient and effective. We want things to work well and work fast. If they are not, we need to figure out a way to do them differently.

Making your systems both efficient and effective helps to keep your business stay afloat, even when it is hectic. Whether you do landscape or you are a doctor, we all need the time savers that help us get things done. It can be a challenge, though, to commit to making a system that is efficient and effective, but the time you spend building it will be well spent. Yes, there is effort that must be put in on the front end, but there will be many rewards in the end. Besides, you owe it to yourself to make your business exceptional.

There are a few things you will want to do to make your business effective. Some of them include:

  •  They are replicable. When you go in to edit something, be sure to follow the same process again and again meaning that, every time you edit, you become faster and better at your edit.
  •  Your system is scalable. In our business, we have a client management system that we have used for years. In the beginning, it could support a few clients and, now, it can support fifty or more. If you use a good system, it will have the ability to grow with you over the years so you will not need to reinvent the wheel each time your business grows or somehow changes.

  • Make what you do teachable. The best systems out there are the ones that you can teach to others. For instance, if you hire a studio manager, you want to be able to easily teach them how to design your albums or do your edits so they can do them well.

After your system that is effective is in place, you can begin the process of automation. There are many tasks each day that you do repeatedly. Perhaps you must answer the same questions again and again for your clients, follow up with client emails, design albums, post something to social media, sent out invoices and contracts, or even import and export your images in the same way. A lot of these tasks can be automated, saving you time. It is almost like magically adding more time to your day. Those minutes can quickly add up to hours and days that you can use doing other things that you enjoy.

Maybe you want more time with your family. Well, go for it! Automate more of your work so you can have more time living. Making your business more efficient and effective will help you to get the most from it. It is the smart way to grow and become better.