The best part about starting a business is the beginning. To me, I am the most excited when thinking about my new venture. It's the newness of it all. There's a ton of potential and so many different directions I can take the business. It's quite literally my favorite part. Don't get me wrong, I love being able to serve my audience and help people with everything they need. However, the feeling of starting something brand new lights me up in a way not much else can. My fiance and I have probably started and re-branded about 10 different ventures during our nine years together.
If you read my other post about using your planner AND your Google Calendar, then you should read this post. If you haven’t read that one yet, check it out after this one. There is no particular order to either one of these posts - they both have some awesome information that benefits each other. Using a Google Calendar can make your life so much simpler.
I have devised personal codes to help me read my calendar faster and easier. I have no shame in saying that I used many of the codes I use in my daily job at Pay it Forward Processing. I manage my boss’s calendar and while I will spare you from having to see what it looks like, I am going to show you how we schedule events on the calendar. It’s going to be a ton of fun!
Scheduling and planning has become all the rage these days. If you take were to Google the words bullet journal, notebook, or planner, the results are some awesome articles and news surrounding the offline side of things. It’s hard to imagine not having a calendar to help schedule everything out for someone like me. I enjoy it so much I actually schedule things twice!
Let me explain. I love planning on paper. I currently use a spiral bound Recollections Planner, which you’ve probably noticed me mentioning a few times. I use this to schedule out my days, keep track of appointments I need to set up, and track habits. Then I take all of the days that I have meetings, appointments, and so on, and add them to my second calendar: Google Calendar.v
Planners have become all the rage these days. If you haven’t checked it out, here are a few links to show you how big it’s gotten: here, here, oh and this one. It’s a bit hard to believe, but it’s true. Writing things in a planner or notebook helps keep things at the front of your mind. Planners really are a great way to get out of your own head. As a business owner, this can make your life a lot easier.
Social media plays a pretty big role in business. If you don’t believe me, just google social media for business. Trust me, you’ll be overwhelmed by the number of articles, videos, and podcasts wanting to give you information on how to use social media the “right” way. While YouTube doesn’t fall into the big 4 categories of social media, it is still a very useful platform, especially since videos have such a huge impact on one’s business.
While YouTube may not be a place to increase your network, it can be a platform to increase your authority and help you gain more clients. If you’ve been interested in setting up a YouTube channel, then follow these steps. Even if you aren’t interested in setting up a channel to create videos, I would set one up anyways. There is a ton of information available on YouTube, plus if you ever get interested in doing so later, you already have a platform set up for you.
Oh social media. The bane of a vast majority of creative entrepreneur’s existence. It truly is a horrible addition to the ever growing task list in a business owner’s life. However, we can’t ignore how important it is, which means we need to take an active role in learning and using them. Today, I want to help you with Pinterest. I’m sure you’ve heard many entrepreneurs swear by Pinterest. It’s evolved into quite the social media platform.
If you have no idea how to use Pinterest or if you’re of the mind that it’s only for older women who have all the time in the world to DIY a ton of projects, you seriously need to click this link. It’s a link over to Melyssa Griffin’s website and her course Pinfinite Growth. You need it. You’re welcome.