One ofthe best things you can do in life is to start your own business. Thosefeelings of seeing something you have created grow before you very eyes(outside of your children) and flourish into a sustainable income source issecond to none.
In thesame breath though, one of the hardest things to do is to grow your businesswhile you are still working full time.
It feelslike there is never enough time in the day to get all the things done you want.
- Commutingto work,
- Doingyour job.
It justfeels like there is no time left to fit in actually running the business. Sohow do we do it?
Well.This post is going to show you some easy ways to sure you hit those businessgoals but make sure you can still meet your 9-5 commitments and have a life.
Before Idive in. I do need to set some expectations.
This is not going to be easy.
EverythingI’ll show you are simply tools, strategies and advice.
None ofthis will substitute the hard work and dedication needed to get a business offthe ground.
That onlycomes from within.
So makesure when things get tough, you are tired or maybe you feel like giving up –you remember why you started this crazy journey in the first place.
Bracketing + scheduling your time daily.
Whatworked really well for me when I first got serious bout building a sub-box wasbeing very specific about when I was going to do the work.
I knew Iwas going to be putting in a lot of nights and a lot of weekend doing this, butI had to be realistic about what would actually work for me.
My wifeand I came up with a pretty clear plan about when I would work and when I wouldstop. I can’t stress how setting aside clear times and boundaries within yourpersonal life for business activities is so important when you have a spouse.
How did I do this?
I useda Best Self Co planner.
As youcan see from the planner, it was pretty easy to see where all your time goes inthe day. It’s also a good indication about where you are wasting time that youdidn’t need to.
Project and Daily Task Allocation
The nextstrategy I can thank my good buddy Chris for. There was a time in my businesswhere I felt I was just reacting to everything that came into my inbox andnever really getting anything done. It was just respond, react and then finallywhen I had a moment I could start planning for the day ahead.
What hesuggested is stupidly simple – but it really clicked with my brain. He taughtme to use a Project Management software like Trello tomap out long-term goals + daily actionable activities.
I’m now amassive convert to Trello. I think I would rather go without Facebook than livewithout a project management tool in my life.
What is Trello?
Trelloallows you to create lists. Doesn’t sound so fancy right? But where this shinesis the ability to create tasks, checklists and activities within those lists.
The way Iused it was: Long Term Goals / Projects + Daily Task Checklists.
So, byhaving a clearly defined goal, the required steps to complete the goal + anyand all relevant information contained within one list – I was inspired to justsmash that activity out as a priority.
Not onlythis, but I was able to start using the information to create SOP’s (Standardoperating procedures) to train assistants and my wife in critical aspects ofthe roles I was hiring for. These were the daily tasks that I knew I needed todo – but didn’t want to get bogged down with.
You canstart to see patterns in the activities you are doing when you are listing itlike this and hopefully be able to make the leap into hiring these tasksout.
Thisworks similarly to the Best Self Co diary but in a more granular level.
What can be done at lunch?
Somethingthat helped me get ahead was sacrificing my lunchbreak for a "workbreak". Every lunchtime I used to sit at a café around the corner from mywork with my laptop and just smash out tasks.
What canbe done in a lunch hour?
- Allyour customer emails
- Schedulingyour social media content
- Planningout the next few months worth of themes.
Use yourlunchtime to start decimating those Trello Cards and keeping on top of youractivities. The best part about this is that you are essentially buying moretime back for the end of the day. This is more time you can spend with family.
Monthly and Weekly Tasks
When Ifirst started I was pretty good at leaving everything to the last minute. Thisincluded all my packing, ordering, and even paying my bills.
This is amassively bad habit to get into and was something I needed to mature in as abusiness owner.
How I gotover this though was by breaking down everything I did into “weeks”.
How does this work?
MostSubscription Box businesses run on a monthly delivery cycle. This means thatever 4 weeks you need to be shipping out again. This also means that youare doing the same things at the same time each month.
Whatworked for me was breaking it down as follows.
Week 1 – Order Stock
Week 2 - Receive and Pack Boxes
Week 3 – Generate Shipping labels and Ship
Week 4 – Whatever / Family
Each weekhas a clear goal and end point. Once I achieved that goal I would stop. Even ifit was the first day in that week. It made sure that I wasn’t burned out andwas fresh for the next weeks tasks.
It alsoallowed me to know roughly what I’ll be doing each month so we could plan outfamily outings, lunches etc without getting into a massive anxiety inducedpanic about things needing to get done within the business.
Whilethis isn’t an exhaustive list of ways to cope with the 9-5 + a fledglingsubscription box business, it’s the strategies that helped me get my sub-boxinto it’s first 6 figures without feeling overwhelmed.
Your turn: What strategies have you implemented for yourbusiness, let me know in the comments!If you are serious about growing a SubscriptionBox, make sure you download my complete blueprint for starting and growing a 6-figure subscriptionbox here