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Help someone else – you'll find you have more time!

Sometimes we get into our own heads so much we begin to believe we really don’t have the time to do what we want to do.  Stop.  Help somebody else.

Once you are able to concentrate on helping someone else outside your families and friends, you’ll find, all of a sudden, that, indeed, you did have the time. 

Time can be an illusion – we begin to use it as an excuse for what we are not doing – “I don’t have the time” – is a common theme.  Yet, isn’t it funny that when something happens to stop the “routine”, there seems to be time, it slows down and we can breathe. 

Next time you find yourself “going crazy”, stop, help some stranger do something – cross the street, get through a door, pick up something they dropped, give up your seat on the bus, or work for Habitat, you’ll see you have all the time you need and want – you just have to learn to use it as you want to use it.

SMALL BUSINESS – HOW LONG DOES IT REALLY TAKE TO GET ONE STARTED?

Hello - yes, I can help you - my business is just right for what you need!

Hello - yes, I can help you - my business is just right for what you need!

 

How long does it really take to start a new business?  Depends.

If you are bound and determined that you are going to start a “perfect” new business, then the answer is never.  If you want to just get going developing  an idea that has “haunted” you for quite a while, then the answer is today.  Then there are the variations in between both of these based on people’s different personalities and how big of a business you want to build.  Start very, very small – the bare minimum – try it on for size first.

Small business is easy and it’s difficult.  Why?  Because of the enormity of information, the lack of really good training for small business hopefuls and the confusion of how, what, where, when, who, why and even the what.  What is a person to do?

Start.  What do I mean by that?  Just begin.  Don’t think business plan just yet – just get a business going.  But you don’t know what you’ll need – here is a starter list for small business hopeful:

  • business name – start with your own – you can change the name later eg if your name is Jane Dexter and you want to start a cleaning business, call it Jane Dexter Home Cleaning Services – simple.  You don’t even have to register your company at this point – just begin.  You don’t have to charge GST until you reach $30,000 per year.
  • get yourself a domain name and create a free website on Google and the many other free website providers or inexpensive web hosts such as hostmonster, bluehost, etc.  Create a couple of pages such as your Home Page, About Page, and maybe a couple of pages on organizing or cleaning or whatever.
  • decide on what you’ll charge after some preliminary research on the web
  • decide what kind of client you want
  • go to a local small printer, (a small business too) show them your website and ask them to produce a postcard for distribution as well as a standard business card which will match your website – make it really, really simple – business name, phone number, tag line (short 5 or 6 word expression of what you do under your business name), your name, and a list of services on the back of both your business card and your postcard – should cost around $50 for 200 postcards and $25 or $50 for a decent business card – don’t go crazy spending a lot of money on printing – you’re not ready for that yet – just get something done that is presentable.
  • decide where you’ll advertise and promote
  •  start 

Will this be a successful business?  Maybe.  The truth is that you’ll find out whether you really want to do this or not, you can do it while you still have a job, and it won’t cost you a lot of time, energy and money to give it a try.  Then you’ll know for sure if it is truly what you want to do.

Yes, there are a ton of other things you could do – but, let’s face it – you are neither creating something that hasn’t existed before in the world – the only newness about it is your entry into owning your own small business. 

Let’s say you love being in your own business and your business takes off.  What then?  I’ll talk about that in other segments.

SAVE THE EARTH – SAVE TIME – 5 TIPS!

Here are 5 tips to save the earth and by saving the earth, you are saving time.  How? 

Do you remember a time when you were relaxed and you got a lot done in a day without getting frazzled?  Now think of a time when you were hyper, almost panting every minute, and you looked back only to see you had not done as much as you would have liked and you were frantic?

If you consciously connect with your space, you help yourself get grounded.  Thinking about how to make things better rather than doing, having and being more has its own special wisdom which you will feel when you do something like this:

Smart planting – choose pest-resistant varieties of plants and use the right soil, put them in the right environment of sun and moisture so the plants are strong.   You’ll have a great harvest and save time and expense of pesticides not to mention a healthier environment for you!

Turn off your computer monitors when you know you won’t be at your desk or using the computer for a while such as during a lunch break.  Screen saver mode uses almost as much energy as if the monitor was on.

Clean your kettle – you’ll not only have better tasting tea and coffee, but you’ll boil water faster.  Just boil 2 cups of distilled white vinegar in your kettle to dislodge build up.  Remember to rinse your kettle afterwards.

Turn the heat down – when you are entertaining, take into account the heat radiated by your guests.  They’ll be more comfortable because it’s not so hot and you’ll save on heating costs!  Costs = time!

Have your children’s birthday party in the woods or a park – they’ll get fresh air, discover new things and you’ll have fun too!  No house to clean afterwards and, because you’re in the woods, you’ll likely cook those hot dogs on wood or coals.

CATEGORIZE YOUR LISTS

The reason most people have trouble fitting everything into their from lists is because that’s all it is – a list – and who can work from just a list – no one without getting frustrated and running around in circles.

Categorize your lists so that you are doing similar tasks one after the other of the same type.  For example, shopping – list all the things you need to shop for under that one category and do all your shopping at once even if it means it’ll take you 3 hours.  You’ll save the multiple trips back and forth, maintain the momentum of doing one kind of activity and have the satisfaction of knowing that all those things are done.  The next time you go out, it’ll be for something fun!

SOFTWARE FOR SMALL BUSINESS – BE CAREFUL . . .

Lots of great software out there but when considering software choices, begin with the basics – something such as Microsoft Office Professional unless you are an architect or a graphic artist or some other business which needs very specialized software – you know what you need.

For everyone else, Microsoft Office Professional will be enough until you are established and profitable in your small business.

Remember – every single time a small business owner takes on a piece of new software, it’s not only the initial cost of the software to consider but the time it took to earn the money to pay for it, the time it will take for you to learn it and apply it properly and the upkeep. 

Everything costs money directly and indirectly and when it costs money, it costs in time to make that money – how much time do you have?  A lot of small business people drive themselves crazy at the beginning going for this and for that and for this and that – keep it simple!

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