17 reasons why you can stop being so tough on yourself. A few weeks ago I was asked by a young lady to be interviewed for her college paper. It was basic questions with one being, “what are your weekly tasks?”. Easy enough, so I started listing off what I do in my business each week (a few are monthly). I was a little taken aback because it looks a lot different when you see it in black and white right in front of your face. So I wanted to share my list. Not as a “look at me and all the things I’m doing” because let’s face it I know some others are doing a lot more or a “poor me, feel sorry for me”. No not at all. But just as a little reminder that we don’t need to be so tough on ourselves all the time. Life is hard enough without our own self pressure to be and do everything. So this is for you, the solo business owner, working away everyday at something we are passionate about and doing a really dang good job at it too!
1) technology, IT, computer troubleshooting
2) accounting, money management, financial statements
3) customer / client services
4) business management
5) product shipping / handling
6) billing / payment processing
7) order fulfillment
8) product ordering / stocking
9) maintenance / cleaning
10) CEO / owner / decision maker
11) intern (coffee runs, post office trips, banking appointments, etc.)
12) content creator / blog writer / website updating / social media management
13) photographer / editor
14) graphic designer (Canva all the way)
15) floral designer / flower orderer / flower processor / flower delivery and set up
16) education / learning and growing the business
17) business networker / face of the business
I know some of these blend in together / overlap, but it was just a quick list I typed up off the top of my head. As I go into my annual planning month (November), it’s helpful to see this list so I can determine what’s working and what’s not. Let me tell you, I do not have it all together and that’s ok. From this list, I can pull tasks that are most important (the ones making me the most profit) and choose to focus on those more. I’m not a natural delegator. I like to do things myself, so knowing that, I can see what areas need more of my time. And to be real, I hire a professional accountant, a website designer, a cleaning person but that doesn’t mean I’m not inputting my bills into an excel file, making updates on my website, cleaning the floors and buckets. I am. Somethings need to be handled by a professional in that area. As we start to head into the slower season, I encourage you to make a tasks list just for fun because maybe you’ll start to see what I see and that’s that you are doing a dang good job!
All photos taken by my mom!