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Women: Got a “Wife”?

Outsource Time Wasting Tasks

sticky_pad_check_listMy partners and I were recently musing over the seemingly boundless energy of a male entrepreneur we know. We were in awe of his packed travel schedule, endless slew of new projects and responsiveness to email. How did he do it? Suddenly, one of my partners cried, “He’s got a wife!” Bingo.

While running a business is never easy, it’s got to be lots easier if you’ve got someone at home to pick up the dry cleaning, get dinner on the table and run the schedule. Do you have a “wife”? If so, congratulations. If not, you need to find one.

Think about your business’s key goals (both short- and long-term) and the nagging daily duties (both at work and at home) that suck up your valuable time and keep you from reaching those goals. Then figure out how you can delegate, outsource or otherwise get these tedious tasks off your plate. Yes, you may have to spend some money to do this—but if you put the time you gain back into your business, I promise you it will be money well spent.

Rieva Lesonsky - CEO, GrowBiz Media
Rieva is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a content and consulting company specializing in covering small businesses and entrepreneurship. She was formerly Editorial Director of Entrepreneur Magazine and has written several books about small business and entrepreneurship. | @rieva | More from Rieva


Manage: Set Goals, Establish Purpose

Ways to Define Business Goals

sticky_pad_check_listSetting goals can be critical in giving you more focus in the direction you want your business to go.  Consider these tips which can give you a better sense of direction and purpose.

  • Use your mind and talents fully and efficiently
  • Make decisions that have positive results
  • Get more organized
  • Plan each day with a list of tasks that need to be completed
  • Do more for yourself and others
  • Feel more fulfilled by doing things you enjoy doing
  • Be more enthusiastic and positive about everything you do

Consider what motivates you to get things done and achieve your objectives in business and in your personal life.  It is not hard to accomplish something meaningful when there is a direction and a will.  If you commit to a goal and visualize it, it can be done.

The key steps in getting things done:

  • Write your goals down
  • Set a date to complete them
  • List any obstacles that you may have to overcome
  • Identify people and resources that can help
  • Develop a plan of action on how it will get done
  • When completed you will feel that sense of accomplishment

Often times we get caught up in our day-to-day activities and fail to feel any sense of accomplishment or purpose.  Take a few minutes to rethink and set some meaningful goals that you wish to achieve…it can only improve your focus and the benefits you will reap can be abundant.

Julie Brander - Business Mentor, SCORE New Haven
Julie has been a SCORE volunteer since 1997. She has 20 years of experience in business, starting a manufacturing, wholesale and retail jewelry company. After selling her business, she dedicated herself to helping other entrepreneurs start and expand their business. | @juliebrander | More from Julie


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