It's only 10am and I'm sitting at my desk feeling like the walls are closing in on me. My to-do list is doubling with each passing minute, my kids keep interrupting me, and my deadline feels a million miles away. I need to get these videos done so that we can get them in the course before lunch time but it seems like nothing is going right today.
The first video takes FOREVER to upload because of connection issues which just throws off the whole timeline for how long everything needs to be taking place for today. Finally, it works and I start editing (or trying anyways) but after about 5 minutes, I'm wishing someone would just do it for me. I want to post these videos ASAP but the content just isn't coming when it needs to and there's not enough time.
Have you had this happen to you? You're trying to do soooo many things at once, you're on a strict deadline, it's summer so things just got super crazy, and you're about ready to lose your mind!
First, I need to take a deep breath and calm down. Deep breaths will help me feel less frazzled so that I can focus on the task at hand instead of feeling overwhelmed by my never-ending list of things to do. Next, I try to prioritize what needs to happen first because sometimes just knowing where to start is hard enough.
I think it's also a great thing for getting through the day if you remember why you're doing everything - are you trying to get ahead before going out for the evening? Are you trying not to give into the pressure you've been feeling all week? Sometimes we are just simply too hard on ourselves.
Now, I take another deep breath and start tackling one thing at a time. First, I check up on the kids because they're making too much noise for them not to be causing trouble (I think). Once things settle down in the other room, I go back to editing videos but just as soon as they upload halfway without any issues, there suddenly is no connection! Undeterred by these setbacks though, I know how important it is for us - my family and our business - that we continue to go on.
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Are you that mom that always dreamed of making money from home so you could spend more time with your kids? Or maybe you’re that parent that stays home because childcare isn’t affordable! Maybe you homeschool and making it on one paycheck is rough. There are so many reasons why you may want to make money from home. All of which are legit reasons, we all need to take care of ourselves, pay our bills, and put food on the table.
Some of you may have tried baby sitting and realized your housecleaning skills and patience wasn’t able to withstand the heat. You may have even tried a MLM which is multi-level marketing, and it just wasn’t for you. There are so many things out there for you to make money from home, but what if this is what you’ve been waiting for direction on.
I come to you from a place of every single thing named above describes why I NEEDED to make money from home and the ways in the past I have tried with little success. So hey, if you relate, you’re not alone by a long shot!
I introduce to you the virtual assistant world, a world that is rapidly growing due to the massive number of businesses moving online and using social media to grow their business. You see it everywhere; you’re not dreaming it. You see it right now as you read this.
Virtual assistants work 100% online, which also means you can have clients from anywhere in the world. I currently have clients in the US, Canada, and Australia. The overhead costs on becoming a virtual assistant can be low. My start up costs were $200 plus a laptop. Start up costs can even be free plus a laptop but that is going to make you have to do a bunch of research and admin work yourself.
I spent years figuring this all out, but I have also made it a mission of mine to allow those parents a way to make money from home, using skills they may already have, and an easy button to get there.
You can have the flexibility to work from home while you keep an eye on your kids and bring in that money to help in the household. I have that easy button, it’s right here. Jump into my 3 Month VA Coaching Program while it’s 60% off! – Click here, get in now!
We are all busy no matter what our job entails.
Time management is something everyone struggles with at some point in their life. Personally, I feel when you are an entrepreneur that has taken a career path where you can set your own schedule, you are more apt to be harder on yourself. Think about it, are you harder on yourself?
When you get your time management down, you are following a schedule, you know exactly what you need to have done and by when, etc. That is when real change and success starts to happen.
Here is my 3-step process to put my mind at ease and get things done! I encourage you to try out. Let me know what you think in the comments.
1. Write a to-do list every Friday for the next week – Everything that needs done in your business for the next week. EVERYTHING!
2. Prioritize and segment every task into time slots. We all have little time slots, now give each task an estimated time to complete and prioritize each list.
3. During the week as you have 10 minutes to do some work, do your top task from your 10-minute slot and so on. Dopamine hit here we come.
Now your mind can relax and enjoy the weekend with family. When next week gets here, you’re ready to run at it! You have a plan – wrote out, segmented into time slots, and prioritized!
I cannot take credit for this whole 3-step process, my gal Becky suggested part of this in group coaching and I added to it! The value in group coaching is amazing! Group coaching can help you with your time management sooo much. Gives you accountability, a springboard for your ideas instead of you thinking about it far too long, a place to get clarity, and a place to make friends and network!
I suggest every entrepreneur be in some type of business coaching for themselves to continue learning and to stay in the mindset to succeed. If you are a virtual assistant, coach, or any other type of entrepreneur, my group coaching is open to you. We get your foundation laid, a clear path forward, crazy support, and LIVE hands-on training.
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All the technology and programs out there to choose from makes things a bit more difficult when deciding what to use for your personal business! That’s why I created this series and compiled my favorites I use in my own biz!
Before HoneyBook, I had no contracts working hourly using PayPal and word documents to keep track of things. After HoneyBook, I have a system, contracts, and a way to save so.much.time! The best part is, it’s all in one spot! YES!!!!
Top Reasons I Love HoneyBook
> Templates!! Templates for everything! From contracts to emails to questionnaires! Start from the template HoneyBook provides and tweak to send to your specific client! OR create your own! Easy button right there!
>> Contracts + Payment = Amazing! And the best part is, it’s mostly automated thanks to the templates and automation. Fill in a full fields for your specific client and you’re off to even better things!
>>> Email all in one spot! You put in your email you want HoneyBook to send as and when your client replies it comes right back into HoneyBook so it’s all in one spot and you can easily follow the emails.
>>>> Invoices if you’re accepting payment on a as needed basis. Log your hours and it seamlessly let’s you add those to an invoice and send! Setting due dates etc.
>>>>> Workflows! You can create a workflow template for different projects, add it to your client and you’re back to doing more of what you love! Automation is a huge time saver!
If you can believe it, there’s way more to HoneyBook and I only went over 5 reasons I LOVE it! I didn’t even mention the scheduling feature, tracking your income and expenses, and contact forms!
If you are a small business, entrepreneur, coach, or a virtual assistant, I would seriously look into HoneyBook! It’s affordable and has sooo many benefits to you and your clients! Check it out here! Get 20% off your first year for simply using this link!
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We all have those days where we are completely overwhelmed by our job, our house, our kids, and our sanity is being tested like no other. What do we do in those moments? Do we give up, maybe yell a bit, or maybe we go and take a break for a bit. Does that help? Did you fix the problem that allowed you to get completely overwhelmed to begin with!?
Here’s a little story about my last week and how my sanity was tested sooo many times. As an entrepreneur and more importantly, a virtual assistant, my sanity is tested quite frequently. I love my career path, no doubt, but just like with every other career, it can certainly test your limits. You as a person and the people in your life need to understand these limits and start putting into place a safety net for your sanity.
I own a virtual assistant agency and my overwhelm has come from a massive amount of work and not enough hours in the day for the people in the agency to complete them. That causes insane overwhelm, especially on me. I knew this was coming and now I’m kicking myself for not acting sooner. When you see these problems popping up in your business, address them asap, don’t let them simmer and grow and hide in the corner, because when they appear again, it’s going to be with a vengeance.
So how do I keep my sanity when my job is literally to help entrepreneurs keep their sanity!? It’s simple, I put systems into place, I hire out when needed, and I have a team with my husband. He’s my right-hand man, but that’s a story for another time. To keep your sanity when you are trying to do all the things, is to identify the problem before it becomes a huge problem, start to find solutions, and then act on the solutions before the issue gets out of hand and you’re left overwhelmed, stuck, and making the problem worse.
I say this from a point of I’m here, right now! Listen to your gut, pay attention to what’s going on around you, and DO IT! So my action today is putting out feelers to bring another contractor VA into my agency. If you are interested, apply here.