This blog is off the beaten track (for me).
I have known about TED talks for years and avoided them like the plague as I knew I would get hooked and any and all productivity would fly out the window.
I was right.
My name is Karen Draper … I have discovered and can finally admit … I am addicted to TED talks.
OK, there are way more than 10, some of them totally obscure but I just couldn’t cut my list any shorter.
I learnt the other day that the space bar moves you down a webpage, one page at a time and space-bar & shift, back up again. How did I not know that ??? I would consider myself tech savvy and yet this is news to me.
Which got me on the curious road of tips I know and would like to share and those that I have newly discovered.
The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. – Amelia Earhart
For a small business outsourcing work is an ideal solution to the age old “catch 22”; I have the projects but not the staff, can’t hire the staff until I complete the project (and get paid).
Just about anything can be outsourced these days.
No really, literally anything!
I am an organiser, I organise people and their business. The more organised the chaos, the less likelihood of missing leads, connections, key dates, production deadlines etc.
I use online Project Management software to manage and track all kinds of work, not just the large scale, deadline driven and deliverable defined projects mentioned above. There are many individual software options that indeed specialise in each of the following aspects. Good project management software encapsulates all of them.
Who in their right might would choose to start up a new business?
Millions of us apparently!
As a small business owner there is a constant stream (sometimes a torrent) of tedious but important business tasks that detract from getting your "real" work done. Some would argue that those "tedious tasks" are the real work.
You will wear many hats, a Jack-of-all-Trades if you like, not getting to be master of any, never mind all. Task, time and financial management, personnel, client and service requirements, sales, marketing, communications, social media and IT - that's a lot of hats and there are many more.
Learn from those who came before you. There are volumes of articles out there about the pitfalls that can besiege a small business. Ultimately the fall into the following (non-exhaustive) categories: