Do you feel the buzz? The back to school buzz? Target is super crowded with students trying to buy all the new things to start the new year. New planners. New notebooks. New backpacks. New wardrobe.
Late August and early September is all about going back to school and it's a chance for us business owners to also take advantage of that buzz. It's a new year. A chance to do things better this time. Or do things differently. A fresh start.
1. Plan your year.
One of my favorite things to do when the school year started was to take out all of my syllabi (that’s a word right?) and my student planner and plot out all of my due dates, tests and projects for the year. This way I could start figuring out where to schedule in study time and writing time.
What do you want to accomplish in your business over the next school year? Where do you want to be this time next year? Are there any classes you need to take? When do they launch? Books on your wish list?
Grab your favorite planner (I just ordered this one!) and start plotting out your year.
2. Shop for school supplies.
In thinking about school supplies for your business, the goal is to save you time. Especially if you are doing the biz thing on the side while working a full time job, your time is even more precious and limited. So you want to automate as much as you can and use tech tools to help.
So what kinds of things do you need in your tech toolbox? Have you outgrown your email list or your website theme? Will an online scheduler help you schedule those clients calls? Is it time for a project management system?
Stuck? Check out my tech toolbox for some inspiration!
3. Get a study buddy
When I was in school, I always found a study buddy or a friend that was in my class that could be my partner. Someone I could share notes with and bounce ideas off of; basically just someone that was going through the same thing that I was going through.
You can use a study buddy in business too. Building a business is one of the hardest things that you'll ever do. And you can get stuck in your own head all the time brainstorming and thinking of things and going around in circles. But if you start sharing that information with someone you trust, you can start getting validation that you’re on the right track or you may get other ideas that’ll get you thinking even more.
Who can be your study buddy? Do you already have one? What other ways can you help each other move forward in business?
I think it’s important to find an online study buddy but also a local one. It’s great meeting up face to face with a person for coffee or drinks every once in a while and talking shop.