In part 1 of Success Simplified: 10 Tips To Free Up Your Time & Energy, I outlined the first five tips that lead to success simplified for the seasoned or start-up business owner and the employedpreneur.
Below are the next five:
6. Join a mastermind group that will stretch you personally and professionally. Mastermind groups are an essential part of your business growth.
7. Determine all the tasks that must be accomplished to run your business. Once you have a list compiled determine what you can outsource and what you absolutely must do yourself.
Make a commitment to outsource those tasks that are time drainers and would be much more cost effective for an assistant to do – than for you to take your time to accomplish.
This will free up your time to do what is most valuable for you, your business, your clients and your bottom line.
8. Commit time for family and friends. So often we get caught up in growing our businesses to the detriment of our personal relationships. Granted, growing a business is important but the growth should not prevent you from enjoying family and friends.
9. Take personal care time. This is an area many entrepreneurs fail miserably. If you don’t take care of yourself you won’t be able to run your business sufficiently. I set aside 3-4 times each week just for me to exercise, go the gym, get a pedicure and manicure and just relax.
10. Give thanks for all your blessings, both personal and professional. Give thanks for the opportunity to express who you are by way of your business.
What an amazing blessing it is for us to be able to create an incredible life as a result of a successful business.
If you want to read more about success simplified click here. Most successful high-achieving women have implemented many of these tips as they leaped the ramp to success.
In today’s busy world, the seasoned or start-up business owner and the employedpreneur must have time and energy.
Here are 10 tips that I know will make a difference in how you master your time and maintain your energy levels while you grow to succeed.
It all about achieving success simplified!
1. Evaluate online subscriptions to determine if you need to continue receiving them. If you don’t need them, unsubscribe. This one action alone will save you lots of time by eliminating unneeded emails and clutter in your inbox.
This year I eliminated three subscriptions and put $257.00 in my pocket. WOW!
2. Use the first hour of your day to monetize your business. Most people dive right into emails first thing in the morning. This may likely be one of the greatest time wasters in that emails tend to get you sidetracked very quickly, using up valuable time and energy.
3. Write a “to do” list at the end of each workday of your priorities for the next day. This is my favorite.
4. Think about the next 12 months. Commit to one project per month that will generate revenue for your business. It can be a report, a home study course, a Webinar or podcast.
By committing to one project per month you will be amazed at the momentum you will gain as well as the revenue you can generate.
5. Commit to investing a minimum of 3 – 5% of your revenues to your learning and studies. I personally invest about 10%. You cannot possibly be at the top of your game unless you are at the top of your knowledge base.
Stay tuned for part 2 of Success Simplified: 10 Tips To Free Up Your Time & Energy.
In Part 1 of Career Portfolio for the Employedpreneur Looking for the Next Opportunity, I gave you the definition of an employedpreneur along with the definition of a Career Portfolio. Finally, I discussed how to start and use your Career Portfolio.
Below you will find additional information that your Career Portfolio should contain:
- Schools attended (including the addresses).
- Transcripts, diploma, certificates, CEUs, and licenses.
- Publications, reports and published articles.
- Course descriptions (if applicable).
- Workshops, seminars and conferences attended.
- Independent learning (things you have learned on your own or taught yourself).
- Special training and accomplishments.
- Military training.
- Leadership positions held.
- Hobbies or interests.
- Participation in service projects.
- Volunteer activities.
- Public speaking (if applicable).
- Performance reports, appraisals and assessments.
- Awards and honors.
- Positions/contracts held (title and descriptions of all duties).
- Job related accomplishments (use numbers, percentage, etc. (e.g.: increases in sales, decrease in customer complaints).
- Major projects completed/participated in.
Personal Qualities or Strengths:
Don’t forget the activities that you might be taking for granted:
- Strengths (personal qualities that will help you contribute to an employer).
- Teamwork and people skills, problem-solving attributes, budgeting, planning and organization skills, or time management attribute.
- Contributing to your family (teaching, caring for siblings, cooking – all require planning, responsibility, dependability).
- Helping your friends or working on extra-curricular projects (may require teamwork, problem-solving skills, and teaching skills or people skills).
- Raising a family and/or running a household (requires budgeting, organization, time management skills, or adaptability).
- Keeping fit and healthy; being a member of sports team (requires energy, discipline, motivation, persistence, or teamwork).
I hope that the information in this post has been helpful. If you need to work on improving your credibility factor as you prepare your Career Portfolio, visit my site and opt-in for the free e-course: How to “Show Off” Your Credibility Factor for Revenue Acceleration.
Before preparing your Career Portfolio, I want to give you my definition of an Employedpreneur: “It’s a person who is a career professional by day (employed) and is either launching or running a business (entrepreneur) evenings and weekends. I call this status: ‘Double E’.”
Now for the definition of a Career Portfolio: “It’s a visual representation of your abilities, skills, capabilities, knowledge and qualities… in other words; it represents your brand and potential”. It’s a collection of things, tangible materials that represent your work-related events.
Your Career Portfolio provides the ‘evidence’ of your potential by demonstrating what you have accomplished in the past. Be sure to include those skills that you developed that are not work-related (e.g.: playing team sports, pursuing hobbies, conducting volunteer activities, or simply pursuing your favorite interests).
If you are looking for your next opportunity, start by following these steps when preparing your Career Portfolio:
- Decide on the format.
- Determine the best binder for your portfolio (first impressions are everything).
- Decide how you will use it (during the interview process, sending the link with the resume or part of the job application).
- Customize the portfolio based on the positions you are seeking.
- Review your skills and determine the best way to capture your skills.
- View yourself the way prospective employers will and present your portfolio in that manner (pay attention to detail).
- Pick the best items that will showcase your skills.
- Chose examples that are relevant for the job you are seeking.
- Plan ahead so that you have enough time to prepare an awesome portfolio.
- Backup your portfolio digitally for future updating (try Espresso Work).
Remember a Career Portfolio will help you:
- Prepare for interviews.
- Prove that you are capable of doing what you say you can do.
- Communicate and navigate through the interview process.
- Demonstrate the results of your work (use screen shots and examples of your work.)
- Get in the habit of documenting your work – future job hunting, or seeking a higher position with your current employer, or even proving that you are a valuable member of a team.
- Create a personal database of information to facilitate the creation of your resume as well as your portfolio.
- Assess your own progress in your career development.
In Part 2 of the Career Portfolio for the Employedpreneur Looking for the Next Opportunity, I will define some examples of what a Career Portfolio should contain.