Yeowwwww, I’m here with my blog pal Heather of Just Love.ly, and together we have put together a handful of business + blog tips from some of our most-favorite friends. Running an online business and writing a blog is no small task — we know! We are “Women in Business”, or that’s the title they give us. Is it supposed to be something special and that’s why we get a label? We say it’s something to be proud of. As a woman, your life can be full of emotionally draining, fun, chaotic, busy-ness… and that’s before you even have your morning coffee. So imagine all of those feelings wrapped up alongside a business you are trying to run. Whether you are dreaming, starting out or are in the middle of it all — having a hand to help you along the way is one of the perks in being a girl. We can be strong, we can be weak, we can fail, we can climb mountains… one thing is for sure, we need our girlfriends!
Today we are sharing a 2-part post series. I’ve got half and the rest is over at Just Love.ly — together we share some amazing advice to keep you inspired in your business. Some very influential friends are sharing below how they manage to schedule things around their home lives, who they look to for guidance and if they ever need help along the way.
Do you have hired help? If so what kind & how did you find them? Yes! My business partner and I hired a friend of ours who takes care of our book keeping, sponsorship program, blog editing, administrative duties and client contacts. She is SO helpful and an absolutely invaluable asset to Maiedae and our design business. I think the trick is finding someone who LOVES what they do. Create an environment that encourages them to use their strengths and passions. I know Leah loves what she’s doing and I trust her to do a great job. Another aspect about Leah that I love is that she takes great initiative and is a raving fan of Maiedae. Find people to put in your corner who LOVE your business, who have great character and love what they do. I suggest looking at your friend group, acquaintances or conducting interviews. The best is when you come across that person and see the spark and passion on your own that fits your needs. You’d be surprised who is available to set aside 20-40 hours per month to help you out when they are able to do what they love.
^ Savannah of Maiedae
Do you keep to a specific work schedule? I work from home and I try to keep office hours. I have two employees and they show up at 9am every morning so I typically plan on starting my work day the minute they arrive. With an online business it’s easy to work late into the night but I try my hardest to block off family time from 5pm until around 9pm. I’ve found that I’m more refreshed when I take a few hours away from work to focus on family. Another thing: I always try to close my books and get my monthly accounting done right at the beginning of the next month. It’s much easier to close the books when everything is fresh in my head. Plus, I think it’s really important to keep up to date with how my business is performing month-to-month. When tax time comes I’m not so overwhelmed anymore!
^ Ashley of Lil Blue Boo
How do you find balance between working in your home and living there, too? In all honesty, finding a balance between work and life in my home is a continuous challenge for me (especially because I had an office/studio outside of my house for many years in the past). But being a small business owner is a never-ending learning experience, and along the way, I’ve discovered some key things that help me in my quest to create a healthy balance. The most important thing I can recommend is to take at least one weekend day completely off from anything work related. Your brain and body need time to relax and recharge, and you’ll be amazed at how much more productive you are after a full day off (two is even better). Another necessity to creating a balance is to set up a work space separate from the rest of your home. A different room is ideal, but even a designated corner is better than spreading your work throughout your house. Having a separate space prevents you from being easily distracted, and allows you to feel like you can leave your work “at the office” when it’s time for regular old life.
^ Melissa of Bubby and Bean
Do you keep to a specific work schedule? I find it super helpful to keep a pretty strict schedule as far as when I work and what I’m working on. I mess up at this a lot, and when I do – I make a lot more trouble for myself! Because I have a few different projects going on, I try to schedule what days I work on what and I also try to schedule two whole days a week where I don’t work on anything! Sort of like a “weekend”, but split up within the week.
^ Jessi of Naptime Diaries
What are some of your favorite online resources you use daily?
*I love Oh My! Handmade Goodness to keep me fresh and HIGH on handmade.
* I am a big fan of Design Mom to gather inspiration. She’s like a muse; her new video series is AWESOME.
* Twitter is a daily favorite, @amyturnsharp.
* You can find magic here. Spotify. GO. Now. Twirl in the workshop. Make time to dance and sing each day.
What we need as makers and artists is INSPIRATION. all the time. You can find it in people and books and nature and ANYWHERE — you just have to look.
^ Amy of Little Alouette
What are some of your favorite online resources that you admire and look to for guidance? For myself the one thing I have learned is that running a business (of any kind) is trial and error. And that’s ok! You have to learn along the way what will work for you and what is right for your life – both personally & professionally. Just because something works for one person doesn’t mean it will work for you, but I think that’s the fun part. Grabbing inspiration from everywhere, finding guidance where you can and supporting other businesses in the way they do things. A couple of my favorite resources online that I check on the daily include: The Maven Circle, Handmadeology, and Oh My! Handmade. Each of them offer great advice that you can use for so many parts of your blog, business & life. Some other types of inspiration come from my own friends online. It fills my heart to see them successful with their own projects, new adventures or when they just share bits about their life!
^ Heather of Just Love.ly
Wanna know what I have to say? Head over to Just Love.ly to catch my answer on Heather’s blog + hear from a few more friends!
We would love to hear from you! Join in on the discussion in the comments ~ answer a question below (or all of them) or let our guests know what you think of their advice!
- Do you keep a specific work schedule?
- What are some of your favorite online resources you check out daily?
- Do you use hired help for your business?
- Being a business owner isn’t for everyone, how does someone know if they are cut out for it?
- In what ways do you try to find balance in your home if you work there, too?