If your Part-Time business was actually your job, would you get fired?
This was the question I posed on Facebook the other day and the results were interesting. Some said no way, but many admitted that yes, they would in fact get fired for the effort they're putting in.
And that was my point.
You see, too many Part-Time Marketers (especially those with another income source like a Job) treat their business with a lack of focus and energy that would get them FIRED if this was, in fact, a traditional job.
Not showing up for your business when you planned to.
Getting sidetracked on social media and not getting your work done.
Taking extended time away from your business without explanation.
I'm betting all of these things would get you FIRED from your current job (if you have one) or a past job if you're no longer working.
You get my point?
I've said this before and I'll say it again…
Forget all the “treat your business like a business” stuff.
Treat your Part-Time business like a JOB!
Here are a few things you can do:
1. Set hours for your business and SHOW UP!
The number of hours you set aside for your business each week doesn't matter nearly as much as showing up when you say you will.
2. Put deadlines on your business projects.
Break down your big projects into bite-size chunks and set deadlines. Then meet those deadlines! When you do, reward yourself. When you don't, figure out why not — be honest!
3. Get others involved
Share the information in #1 and #2 with your family, friends, or an accountability partner. Make sure they know what you plan to do, so they can help hold you to it. Don't rely on self-monitoring here.
4. Make a plan so you don't waste time.
Make sure you understand exactly what the best use of your time is, then put together a work plan that puts those things first.
5. Never ever ever ever (ever) sit down at your computer and think, “What should I do today?”.
If you follow step 4, this shouldn't happen, but you'd be surprised how many Part-Timers I talk to who fall into this trap.
The result is a MONUMENTAL waste of valuable time.
Be your best employee.
Start working when you said you would.
Hit your deadlines.
Make a solid plan of action.
Don't make excuses.
Don't lie to yourself (or others) to get out of not doing your job.
If you're currently working your business in a way that you'd be FIRED if it was a job, I'm betting your results show it.
Time to change that!
And yeah… if a Lack of Time for your business is what's holding you back, you definitely need this resource.
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