1 ~ Plan it out
How often do you get overwhelmed on a daily or weekly basis? For me it is around once a week there is that super tough day of pulling everyone's schedule together. So what are a few things to that we can do to handle this?
What I love to do is get a big calendar and work the month backwards. Why backwards? It helps by making you think in a more concentrated way. I tell businesses that I consult with to always read their contracts from the last page to the front and back again for this very reason.
Another thing I do is on my calendar to set aside time everyday for self training, phone calls, appointments, etc.
I have found as an entrepreneur from 2 pm to 5pm seems to work best for most of my clients or very early in the morning (3 to 5 am).
2~ Break it down
The next thing I love to do is break it down into very very small steps. If it is a 8 week project say in this example, website design—what do you have to break it into?
Purchase from who
Do you need a 2nd line for the new business vs your current cell phone?
If so, App on cell phone or VOIP or hard line install at home or office?
Logo & Photos
Design new fresh logo and who?
Photos—Hire someone or buy royalty free off websites or take them yourself?
Hire website devolpur to create the content?
Write it yourself and hire someone to edit all the pages for vocabulary errors or better written section?
Are you directing your website to a particular niche?
How many colors should a website have or NOT have?
Male or Female
Attitude of the site:
Should it be super simple to show off your gallery more? White background with easy to read font with hardly any true design work….
Should it have an EDGE to the design to help stand out? (think techie or gamers style)
Should it be Soft and Feminine if part of your niche is angled toward females? (pink/purples/greens/Swirls and vines and flowers)
Should it be more Male? (black, reds, blues)
Who is going to manage the website:
Are you getting it built for you to manage if techie?
Do you have the time to manage it yourself?
Is it worth the cost to have another manage it? You just send content and directions to your manager.
Search engine optimization:
I ALWAYS suggest to have a true professional do your SEO. Be sure to look the professional you are hiring on http://www.alexa.com. Why? If they are so good at what they do their business should have a good ranking would you not agree?
Do you need one for your business?
Make sure to find out who will have the most uptime.
What attributes does your shopping carts need?
Which ones work with your website hosting company?
Who has all the attributes you figured out you need at best pricing?
Number of Pages:
Do you want all the pages on the top or side menu?
Do you want sub menus?
How many hidden pages? (so you have thank you responses and redirects)
Blog or Forums?
Not everyone has time to manage this and if you can’t manage it or hire someone else too do not start it.
Marketing of site:
Free website listings
Newsletter Email Forms:
ALWAYS create custom email submission forms with zip code and names
Which company are you going to use? Mailchimp, Constant Contact, Aweber etc
Can they be created to match your site temperament?
Policies & Procedures:
Does your business have #federal or #state regulations you have to adhere to?
What are your business procedures from time of first contact?
Trademarking via Government:
What form licensing is needed? Service Mark, Copyright, Trademarks learn the difference!
There is still more that needs to be added to this list for proper website list but you can see how fast once you know what it takes as a sample to get overwhelmed fast. By breaking it down even more you can put this on the calendar working it backwards.
3~ Organize your support or people you need to delegate to
As you see from the above example there is quite a list of people you can put on different dates of the calendar so you do not have to feel overwhelmed on a daily basis. I even add “emotional support” touchback onto the calendar.
I will give you another tip I speak about #Time management — Get an electronic Timer with 1, 5, 10 all the way up to 60 minutes and work on each bit of your to-do on calendar for 30 minutes per day.
You can use affirmations everyday but until you take these steps you will not start moving forward in your business which leads us to number 4 below.
4~ Take Action!
When the above is done most people already feel DRAINED! This is when you need to push the most… if you do not have the contacts for whatever the project is I am sure you have a #connector type of person in your life ask them or even ask on LinkedIN for referrals or a local business group.
From there make sure you truly have a SET IN STONE ending date to get said project done. NEVER move it unless you are in the emergency room. Why? If you cannot commit to yourself, how can you commit to other people? Get someone to hold you accountable! How often have you ever heard of a business coach who does not have a coach themselves? (if they don’t do not use them)
Even after breaking down the project as we did above folks still have the feeling of not knowing where to start …. That is ok and great thing to admit. You are human and have to own that feeling instead of letting it overwhelm you.
Take the first step today by taking me up on the FREE 20 minute consult on the top right hand side you can text me directly!
Tonie L Boaman
Tonie Boaman is a champion of a small to medium sized businesses! Read More Click