Entrepreneurs should ABL – Always be Learning and this year I learned a lot about myself and my position as an entrepreneur. There is something wonderful about being a business owner and contributing to the economy as a provider of jobs, opportunities and ideas. If you are an entrepreneur, take some time between now and the end of the year to acknowledge what you have learned and to celebrate your successes.
Not all lessons happen in the classroom, so if you are an entrepreneur, always be looking for something to learn and ways to improve.
In my work as a business consultant and writer, meet entrepreneurs in the real world and the virtual world on a regular basis. I have learned a lot from them and on my own over the course of the past year. I am sharing some of those real and practical lessons in the hope that other entrepreneurs can benefit from the experience.
1. Use video conferences to help you work better.
2. Don’t worry about trends in organization, find what works for you and stick with it.
3. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail, so take the time to plan.
4. Technology rocks so use it and learn to use well.
Use video conferences to help you work better.
It is not uncommon for bloggers, writers and other small business entrepreneurs to work alone. They get up in the morning, shower, dress and then go to sit at their home offices, dining room table or favorite coffee house. Then they spend the day in solitude working. It is quite a lonely existence. What I have learned is that by using video conferencing programs online, the loneliness can be cut down.
One thing I have started doing on a regular basis is turn on a video conference program, (there are many inexpensive or free versions for people on a budget) mute the microphone, leave the camera alone and then work. People on the conference call do not talk to each other unless there is a question. Even then, most participants ask their question via text message. The ability to see fellow entrepreneurs working provides a subtle peer pressure that encourages you to work diligently and not slack off. It is a great tool in your arsenal. Try it today with something like Google Hangouts and a few friendly entrepreneurs and let me know how it works out for you.
This technique is a great one for me. I like being able to see my friends on the computer or telephone screen while we work. We use Google Hangouts and it is great because we all stay on task, work productively and don’t feel alone. We feel as if we were working in a traditional office with co-workers.
Don’t worry about trends in organization, find what works for you and stick with it.
There is always a new book, a new expert or a new way to do things that comes up on the horizon. It is indeed a wonderful thing. Some entrepreneurs, chase those things, affectionately called shiny red balls, all over creation. Some entrepreneurs feel an almost irresistible urge to chase every new organizational tool that comes along. They are easy to spot. Their offices are littered with Day Timers, Filofaxes, journals, calendars, bullet journals and best self journals. The use one tool and before they learn how to do it efficiently and effectively, they move on to the next hot organizational tool that catches their fancy.
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