Essential systems & practicalities for setting up a new business and staying organised
To make your business work you need to be organised. The two main areas to keep right on top of are time and money.
Good time management reduces stress and gets things done. If you're not enjoying your work because you feel overwhelmed, you'll soon switch off and stop giving it your all. Look to put in place some systems that will save you time. A good system helps you make good use of time, which will free you up to concentrate on the things you love doing most in your business.
Time block - set out your regular work hours like a rota, and allocate regular jobs to a block of time. Commit to just that task within that time block - this can really help with staying focused.
Automate - once you get into publishing regular content on social media - your weekly blog for example - automated scheduling can save you hours. Try Hootsuite or Buffer, both offer a free service.
The Top Six - when you're running your own show, you can soon feel like you're drowning in your to-do list. Click through here to read about a brilliant productivity hack that really works - it's all about just focussing on the most important things each day, keeping the list small, and only moving on to the next task when the previous is complete.
Keep a track of your incomings and outgoings from the off - a simple Excel spreadsheet will do fine. You'll need to pay tax on anything you earn, check the regulations where you live. In the UK the self-assessment system is perfect for a small business - you don't need to set up a company to work for yourself. You can operate your finances from your personal bank account, you don't need to set up a company account while you're just starting out - these can be really expensive, and not necessary straight away.
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