Saturday, August 3, 2013

Stop the Merry-Go-Round I am Getting Dizzy

   Have you ever wanted to start your own business? I have....I thought it would allow me to work smarter for less hours. I thought I would get up early in the morning, go to the gym, come home read my emails, do a couple of hours of work and have LOTS of leisure time. Hahaha oookkk..scrap the LOTS of leisure time. Starting a business takes many hours of determination and hard work. True, you often get to choose those hours you work. 
   

someecards.com - Before you head out on vacation, I just want to say I need you to work instead of heading out on vacation.   After working in an extremely high stress job where I had very little personal time. I worked so many oncall hours and so many odd hours, I had severe sleep deprevation, chess pains from panic attacks and worse of all my Fibromyalgia flared up worse than ever. It was time to quit, take time off and re-evaluate what was most important in my life. 




 So, here I am, nearly two years later and my hobby has now become my job. I am working harder than ever but at least I can choose my hours, most of the time. Though I miss the science side of my previous job, I do LOVE my current job running my own business. I love the flexibility of the work. I never realised how much fun it is do what you love everyday.


 someecards.com - I like my job enough that I sometimes go minutes without checking how many hours are left in the workday.  

While starting and building your own business is rewarding and exciting, it is far from the leisure life you imagine. How many of us dream of having more time while we are working the LONG hours in our corporate world jobs?

 I thought when I started my own business and worked from home, I would have plenty of spare time to do do as I pleased. Not so in your own business, especially starting out. Running my own business means, doing the bookkeeping, the marketing, the scheduling, the preparation for classes, the Social media planning, the Blog/Web posting...whew tired yet?
 
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    If you are a small business, you are the Marketing manager, the Project manager, Operations, scheduler, and in my case the whole Creative department all rolled into one. Many hats are on my head at any one moment of the day.
 
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  Some days my head feels like it is spinning with all that information flying around like a merry-go-round. I have to organise my month, week, and day not just to keep track of what I have to do each day but to be able to shut off the merry-go-round that goes round and round my head each night as I am trying to go to sleep.
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  Even in my days of studying in university or working in my career as a Geoscientist, I had to write a list of what the next day's tasks just to let my mind rest enough to get some sleep. I like to know what the game plan is...Organize, Organize, Organize. If I do not plan out my month/week/day, I can not function. I found a great blog planner on http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/2013-blog-planner-to-download.html. It is used to plan your blog business, though I use it for planning all my business activities.  For now I am learning to be more organized. 

   One day when I have enough money, I can pay someone to help......

What are some of your tips for keeping your small Business or Work from Home business running smoothly each day?

 Here is to all of you entrepreneurs out there who have started your own business.  Whether that be small or big businesses, I wish you success.
 

 Happy Blogging; Tracy @ Warratahstree

11 comments:

  1. I quit my job and now stay home and write. I too, thought there would be plenty of time to get things done--WRONG! I am busier than ever and struggling to keep my head above water--but nothing beats being my own boss and being able to do what I love most in life--write!

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    1. I agree. I love my job, I liked my job as a Geoscientist, but I LOVE my job as an artist..Thanks Memo mom. I love your blog and get a great giggle out of it each time I visit...more than a giggle...Love your Squirrly Award!

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  2. Hi! New follower on Bloglovin. Thank you for visiting my blog!

    Pam
    @ www.pjstreasures.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Pam and for the follow.

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  3. Thanks for following me .:D now following you back :)
    hugs xo

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    1. Glad you stopped by Lisa. Thanks for the follow back.

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  4. Running your own business, especially in the very competitive ( and sometimes nasty) world of craft is bloody hard work. I ran my business Button Bliss for several years and found it exhausting. You just have to wear sooooo many hats. I have stepped back now, E-patterns only and am letting other chase that endless rainbow! Thanks for linking with Weekend Writers xx

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  5. Thanks for stopping by. I certainly wear many hats :)

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  6. I am in the very early stages of setting up my own business, so I really do understand the many hat wearing situation..... Too many hats and not enough heads lol

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    1. So true Alex. Thanks for stopping by. I visited your site. Great posts

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