My freebie this month we talk about 4 steps. We talked about having a why and goals and the importance more in depth last week so this week I want to talk about business hours. I wouldn’t give you steps or give your new teamies steps to complete if they weren’t important, obviously.
One of the first 4 steps to complete is setting up business hours. Some also call this calendar blocking. To be honest this scared me when I first started my business and sometimes still does. It makes me feel like I need to have my shit together and be organized. Here is what I learned. Business hours and calendar blocking give you something to commit to and a starting point but if life happens, you can also make them flexible.
I like to set my schedule monthly and then take a weekly look at if things have changed, then make adjustments accordingly based on what has come up. The most important thing to look at is:
- Do you have set time to work your business and what do you want to accomplish with in those hours?
- Are the hours that you have set to work your business in line with your sales and business goals?
It is so important to have proper expectations when looking at the times and time frames you have set to work your business. You aren’t going to make $1000 a month working your business 30 min a week. Sorry to burst your bubble but it’s not going to happen girlfriend. So get it out of your mind now that you can put ___ much work to get this much _________________ money and success. Can it be like that down the road? Absolutely! But if you are using these steps most likely you are new, relaunching, or have someone new and there needs to be some serious ramp up and massive action taking place first.
So how do I schedule or recommend scheduling your business hours?
I would first get a calendar you love whether it be pen and paper or electronic. Then grab a colored pen and write in all of your “LIFE” obligations, appointments, carpool trips, vacations, your work schedule, nap times (for your kids, unless you are lucky enough to get naps too) and anything that you have already scheduled. Once you have this done you are going to now determine the number of hours you are going to commit. That would be 1, 5, 10, 15, 30 or more depending on your goals and how fast you want to get there. I like to grab a different color pen for this so I can easily see when I plan on working my business.
Remember, I like to schedule this monthly and then take a weekly and daily look to determine what my priorities and actionable items are going to be. You will learn your priorities are going to be booking, selling, team building and follow up along with some self-love and personal development sprinkled in. When you start to build your team you will also need to schedule in times and dates that you will have for your team for coaching and their development. It is all an act of spinning plates and counter balancing the important things that bring in the money vs. all the other things that need to get done.
But the biggest thing you can do NOW is get your calendar blocked for when you are going to work and get your launch party scheduled. No matter what you sell and what company you work for you need a launch, coming out, debut of your business to your friends, family and anyone that will listen!
If you haven’t downloaded my freebie make sure you do that now! It will help give you some actionable first steps in your new business or in your new teammates business!
What are you waiting for? Get your calendar out and get on it! Don’t forget to schedule some time to take a look at this blog once or twice a week so you don’t miss out on anything you can implement in your business.