How many emails did you answer today? Ten? Twenty? More?Are you a bit overwhelmed with emails - watching hundreds come dinging into your mailbox every morning, noon, and night?If you are, you’re like hundreds of other small business women who feel overwhelmed with all the content being thrown at them, like rice at a wedding.It’s time to stop. Stop! STOP! JUST STOP!
I remember one day, back before I became independent, sitting at my desk while one of my bosses (I had four at this one company) sat across me giving me the evil eye. I remember being shy and afraid, but holding it in check.
It’s merely a regularly updated web page or web site. A good many folks talk “blogsite” now, instead of website or blog.The origin comes from “web log”… and dates far back into a galaxy far far away. But, really, just on the internet. Techies were using web logs long before business folks, like us, hopped on the band wagon.
Your muse may be an angel. An angel you know. We all have them. I am not religious, let’s put that out there, but the concept of an angel at your side is a universal one, and the warmth of such comes from a caring Universe. A Universe I tell you all the time that wants you to be wildly successful!
Do you want to be disruptive? Is radical change too much for you?This isn’t a new concept. If you study Blue Ocean Strategy, you get a sense of how to use disruption to your advantage.First, recognize your talent. Embrace the magic of it. Close your eyes and imagine holding it in your hands. Not the product of the talent, the talent itself!
There are times when my co-founder of this site, Yvonne, and I don’t always see eye-to-eye on women’s issues. I have never felt the sting of being passed over for a promotion, or felt I didn’t make as much as my male counterparts or felt I had to prove myself more than a man. I don’t get that and I am thankful I never felt that way. One thing I have always bemoaned when women did it was to cry at work. Really?
I learned that you can be friends with people you’ve never met. As I embraced blogging and social media, over the years, I met a lot of amazing women and men. I count many of them as my friends, today. We stay in touch and have met in person, here and there. And we continue to support each other every chance we get. Lesson: Friendship is not a thing of afternoons.
Saturday morning I was up before the sun. I ate breakfast, walked Henrietta and jumped into work. I am okay, for now, working weekends again until I truly figure out my schedule. Now that I have plotted out a more workable schedule and took the time to write down how long it truly takes me to perform a task, I feel like I am back in control.
Too many of us share our trials and tribulations as if they are badges of honor, and perhaps they are. “Look at this,” we say, proudly showing off our bruises and scrapes, as if the scabs are proof that we’re on the right track.
Small business owners don’t need to fear their books—the basic principles are actually pretty simple. To be great at bookkeeping you don’t need to have any background in business, finance or even math!