Wearing All the Hats Without Losing Your Head

Being a solopreneur can be a tough road, especially when you are responsible for running an entire business.  Managing all the roles by yourself can be overwhelming.  But there are solo business owners everywhere making it work.  So last week I asked –

As a solopreneur, you are required to wear all the hats in your business, and that can be challenging.  What is your best strategy for running a one-person-show without getting overwhelmed in the process?

We received 56 amazing responses to this query!  There is definitely some consensus below regarding the need to outsource, and be incredibly organized when running your business.  Mixed in are some very interesting tips, when put together should help any aspiring or struggling solopreneur get a much better handle on his/her work load.  I hope you find the tips as enlightening as we did, and if you have something unique to add that really works for you, please leave a comment below and let us all in on your secret to success.  Enjoy!

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1. The One Person Show Death Trap

Don’t do it! If you really want to build your business, you’ll need help. You can’t do it all, nor should you.

Make a list of the activities you love to do that directly make you money. Then make another list of the tasks you dislike, the ones that don’t make you money but take up your time. Focus on the money-making activities every day. One by one, start outsourcing or off-loading the tasks you don’t like. You’ll grow your business and preserve your sanity.

Thanks to Stephanie Padovani of Book More Brides

2. Thoughtful Outsourcing

As Solopreneurs we are tempted to do everything ourselves, thinking it saves money. Yet, if it’s not my strength (complex web design) or something easily passed to another (managing my social media), the best financial result comes from outsourcing strategically. For example, pick a task that eats up a lot of your time, but is not the core service of your business. Write a one paragraph summary, and seek a third-party to do it for you. They’ll quickly free up your time.

Thanks to Nicole Fende of Small Business Finance Forum

3. The Cloud Wears All My Hats

Use the tools available to you. I need to be able to operate my business from anywhere, so I must have all my tools in the cloud. By using the cloud, I can connect my projects from all of my software and hardware. From document creation to management and storage, I can keep it all together with cloud computing. The cloud lets me wear all of my hats while keeping them in the same closet, plus it allows me to share my closet with someone else when the need arises.

Thanks to Lauren MacEwen of SM Cubed Consulting

4. Just 3 Things

I do three things a day — and just three things. I have divided my business into three categories of tasks and I do one task in each area, every day (something that I’ve chosen ahead of time). Of course, once those three things are done, I can do other things. But this approach means that even if I only handle those three tasks, I feel like I’ve gotten everything done I need to do.

Thanks to Thursday Bram of Thursday Bram Company

5. Managing Solopreneur Roles

Stick to what you do best. When you are working in your ultimate strengths, it makes the journey worth going through. When the rime, money or resources are right, bring in others to help you in your weak areas.

Thanks to Derrick Hayes of WOE Enterprises

6. Make A To-Do List

My best strategy for running a one-person-show is to make a to-do list. You need to get it all down on paper so you can physically see what needs to be done. A “to-do” list helps you to stay on track and get things done. Sometimes there are things we don’t want to do. Out of sight, out of mind, right? If it’s on our list, we can’t forget about it. If you don’t finish something or don’t get to it, add it to the next list.

Thanks to Ashley Montgomery of Avon

7. Create A Role List & Say No

One technique that works well for many is to have a sheet that you use as reference that identifies all of the different roles that you have, both at home & work. Then, rather than saying “Yes” to every question immediately, take a moment to reference your roles list to make sure that you have time for everything in your life. Each role has a different priority level at different times of the year. Understand yours & don’t apologize for it! Sometimes saying “No” is the best thing for you.

Thanks to Stephanie LH Calahan of Calahan Solutions, Inc.

8. The Most Valuable Item For Your Overwhelmed To-Do List

In order to manage my small business, and to make sure that I attend to everything, I run a lot of to-do lists. A Master list, daily lists, weekly lists… you get the picture.

The lists themselves can get pretty overwhelming.

To counteract this, I added an item to the top of every to-do list that reads, simply, “Relax. There is plenty of time.”

This reminds me that I can get all of the important things done without panicking. It increases my productivity by keeping me calm and centered.

Thanks to Erin Ferree of BrandStyle Design

9. Take Advantage Of Technology

One of the best strategies is, take advantage of computer software programmes. For instance, a basic Sage software can handle your book-keeping needs and turn out almost all reports from inventory to receivables, within minutes. Paypal can handle almost all your payment needs, invoicing, postage etc., with additional book-keeping services, etc. A little investment in these basic softwares and you are freed from all the daily chores, thus releasing you to concentrate on your core business.

Thanks to Victor Kwegyir of VIKE INVEST (UK) LTD

10. Running A One Person Show

Want to avoid feeling overwhelmed? Organization is your best friend. You’ll save uncountable hours looking for lost items if you can handle situations as they arise. The bonus: You’ll create the impression of being fully staffed! The concept of “to-do” lists earned consultant Ivy Lee $10,000 when he sold it to the head of a steel company. Expand on the concept by keeping a tickler file of things to do this week, this month, this year. The follow template will help: Divide each day by deadline dates: three hours for work due today; three hours for work due next week; one hour for work due next month; 1/2 hour for work due in six months; and left-over minutes for work due within the next year.

Thanks to Dr. Marlene Caroselli

11. Tip For The Solopreneur

Join a coworking space! Coworking spaces are friendly shared offices where independent workers and entrepreneurs come together to get some work done. They are incredibly creative zones of productivity, interaction, networking and inspiration. Until now, the social benefits of coworking have been main reason so many people are joining this trend. But a recent global study has found another reason to give coworking a go – it has a positive effect on freelancer incomes. A study by the coworking portal, Deskwanted.com, found that 76% of individuals who attend a coworking space felt they had become more motivated and productive. The US, the UK and Europe are where you’ll find the most coworking spaces, but they are fast spreading to South America, Asia and Australia.

Thanks to Joel – Deskwanted of Deskwanted

12. The Key To Success When Running A Solo Business

The key is to delegate, delegate, delegate. It worked for Ronald Reagan – he didn’t do a thing. Hire people to do work like marketing, fixing your computers, cleaning your place, etc. For example, if you charge $50 an hour, then if you are doing anything that you can hire someone to do for less than $50 an hour, you’re actually losing money. Craigslist is a valuable resource for finding help. I also use virtual assistants overseas that I pay two dollars an hour. They can do anything that doesn’t require their physical presence, such as travel arrangements, e-mail, online marketing, blog posts, you name it.

Thanks to Dan Nainan of nainan.com

13. The Running Solopreneur

I recommend running several times a week. After just a 30 minutes of jogging, I come home with an elevated mood. Using this positive perspective, business problems become possibilities.

Thanks to Chris Corradino of Chris Corradino Photography LLC

14. Managing The Roles Of The Solopreneur

To help me juggle my solopreneurial hats and keep them straight, I try to do work in chunks. As a writer, I reserve more of my correspondence to first thing in the morning and afternoon. My business meetings/phone calls to the afternoon. Writing and research are mostly morning and evening. Bookkeeping done on periodic mornings, etc. I find it’s much easier to focus on one kind of work at a time than switching gears frequently. I’ve compiled other ways to stay on top of things through staying healthy in The Healthy Home Business Guide, available at http://www.yourhealthyhomebiz.com.

Thanks to Sarah Clachar of Your Healthy Home Biz

15. Managing The Roles Of The Solopreneur

Learn to delegate from day one. Document exactly the way you want things done and be prepared to hand them over to someone else. You need to re-focus every day on the unique talent you bring to the business — everything else needs to be delegated to people you trust, if you’re going to be successful.

Thanks to Ketan Patel of Fairmount Global Telecommunications

16. Tip For The Solopreneur

My best strategy is to keep two calendars: a paper one for upcoming deadlines, and one on my computer where I list all tasks done that day per client.

Thanks to Jeannette De Beauvoir of Customline Wordware

17. Simple, But Effective Planning

Always keeping your ultimate goal in mind. Begin each day by making a written list of critical things to accomplish that day. Figure out how to get them done, then do them.

Thanks to Wyn Lydecker of Upstart Business Planning

18. Passion Is The Key

Learn to be ok with working 12 hour days and put passion into every aspect of running the business, not just the parts you’re passionate about.

Thanks to Brittney Hallowell of Britts Fine Art

19. Be Willing To Delegate

Delegate tasks or hire outside resources to handle certain responsibilities that do not require your imprint. This saves you time and allows you to focus on what you must do to build your business. Network a lot, develop a circle of trusted associates, and tap into their expertise.


20. Unplugging Can Be Liberating

My tip to others that must run an office without a staff is keep everything offline. This may seem contrary to our “I’ve got an app. for that culture,” but the reality is that I spend more time “playing” with my Android phone than using it. Once I started keeping a written portable calendar instead of a virtual portable calendar, I started remembering appointments. The simple act of writing something down helps me remember. Here is what I did.

I returned my android phone and bought a really nice top-of-the-line

Day Runner. My life has never been simpler. Now when I go to update

my calendar I am not distracted with news about Bahrain. I am not saying become a Luddite, but I am not lured into wasteful multi-tasking opportunities. If I am going to split my attention, it should be between two paying clients and not two angry birds.

Thanks to Stephen Schwartz of Law Office Of Stephen E. Schwartz, Esq., LLC

21. Birds Of A Feather Flock Together…

As a solopreneur, it’s in your best interest to develop relationships with the top of their field service providers. By partnering with the “best of the best” you will not only get primo help, you’ll keep your clients super happy and increase your expertise as well.

Thanks to Lauri Flaquer of Saltar Solutions

22. Reflection

I take a few days off from my business each year to review all my back office operations and make sure they are in order. Allows me to focus on my actual business the rest of the year without stressing.

Thanks to Leslie Josel of Order Out Of Chaos

23. Outsource!!!

I have learned as a solopreneur to outsource my extra work. I found the tedious tasks of cold calling and follow-up calls torture at times, there are plenty of online assistants that will do your work as if they work for you. So not only do you have the work done, your business appears to be larger than it is.

Thanks to Dhana Cohen

24. One Tip For The Solopreneur

Always keep a smile in your voice when you talk with people. It helps them feel you’re in control and juggling all the myriad demands of your position with grace.

Thanks to Charlotte Tomic of Tomic Communications

25. Love, Discipline, And Delegation

Being a one person business owner for fourteen years can be overwhelming. From being the receptionist, bookkeeper, account executive, creative director, writer, art director, trade show organizer, and one and all for my own business, I find the number one thing that has kept me focused, even when I do not want to be focused, is the love for what I do.

Discipline and a basic routine help to keep me, not only somewhat organized, but pushes me through the list of things to do. I make a list each day of everything that needs to be done. I know what priorities lie before me. I also try to delegate to outside sources (when possible) the things I cannot do, or do not want to do.

It’s all about enjoying what you do, and understanding your own limits.

Thanks to Roseann Bufalino of Ad Ventures Promotion, LLC

26. Choosing Which Hat To Wear

Owing my own business has meant learning so many lessons along the way, often making it feel like I’m making a car while driving it. As a solopreneur nothing comes easily, and the one strategy that I use to keep myself sensible from running a successful one-person show without getting overwhelmed in the process is mastering the art of planning.

Having a detailed plan of my everyday job tasks is a great way to stay focused on my daily and long-term goals. Each morning, I decide on what hat I should wear for that day and give myself a deadline of what tasks needs to be completed. Being a solopreneur, I see every problem that may arise as an opportunity waiting to be made use of. And when things do not go as planned, I do not get overwhelmed, but instead I just keep moving forward.

Having to wear all hats as a business owner can be very challenging at times, and if I do not laugh, then the day is just too long. Especially when I hold positions as a sales associate, web developer, store buyer, manager, marketing rep, sales promoter and accountant. Having experience in retail and working for a high-profile celebrity has conditioned me to overcome the many challenges I may experience on a daily basis. I have mastered the skills of playing to my strengths, having self-control and being able to wear many hats running a successful one-person show.

Thanks to Chantille Covington of The Gossip Clothing Boutique

27. Top 5 Tips For Solopreneurs

My tips are

(1) completely delegate specific tasks and measure those you delegate to on metrics;

(2) ignore most emails (e.g., offers to share links, promos, etc.) and funnel most to an email address you don’t check often;

(3) always prioritize focusing on the “must have” tasks vs the “nice to have” tasks;

(4) keep focused on 1-day (i.e., what to accomplish that day), 1-week, 1 month, and 1- year goals and avoid distractions; and

(5) take breaks during the day, preferably to exercise, since it clears your head.

Thanks to John Boyd of Meeting Wave

28. Track Your Time

I use a time management accountability strategy. I track my time in 5-minute increments. Using simple codes to identify what I am doing. At end of each day, I evaluate where my time was spent. As a consultant I track billable hours, as well as time spent working on my business – attending webinars, prospect calls, proposals, social media and biz accounting.

Thanks to Sue Almon-Pesch of Market 4 Profit

29. You Don’t Have To Do It All

The sooner you realize you don’t have to do it all, the better you’ll be. Focus on growing your business and delivering client work, and outsource the functions that are not your core function. For me, that meant hiring a virtual bookkeeper and assistant. By having others manage that portion of my business, I can focus on billable work and what I do best.

Thanks to Bonnie Buol Ruszczyk of BBR Marketing

30. In One Word, Priorities.

You have set priorities for everything you do. You have to review those priorities daily. For me the number one priority in almost all cases is “does it generate revenue?” The number two priority is “will it generate revenue?” And number three priority is “will it save me money?” If a task does not fall into one of those three priorities, it probably can wait.

You can’t get distracted by a task that might be fun, exciting or sexy, but has no immediate impact on revenue. Save it, note it for later. As I like to say, don’t get distracted by the shiny ball. Reviewing your tasks and priorities daily allows you to have a fluid task list so something can quickly bubble up to the top once it meets the requirements for a top three priority.

Thanks to Michael Brandvold of Michael Brandvold Marketing

31. One Task At A Time.

The best way I’ve found to manage all the different roles I need to take on is to use a scheduling program to set aside time for each type of task needed-and to stick to that schedule. Otherwise it’s easy to get overwhelmed or stuck on something when you could be putting your time to better use.

Thanks to Alyssa Lang of Hybrid Photography

32. Wrangling My Solopreneur Business

I use Google Apps for my copywriting business, and I set reminders in the Google calendar so that I remember business tasks not related to writing, like billing, marketing, and taxes.

Thanks to Christine Parizo of Christine Parizo Communications

33. Systems/Automation

As a solopreneur you have a limited amount of brainpower to dedicate to running your business. Use systems, processes, or other forms of organization to “automate” tasks or turn them over to a standard process, so that you don’t have to think about them and can use your valuable brainpower for the tasks that cannot be automated.

Thanks to Joshua Steimle of DeclareMedia

34. Technology Is Key

I use technology to help stay on top of all my clients and various businesses. Yes, I am biased, as I am a techpreneur and a programmer, but right now my favorite tool or set of tools come from 37signals.com. I use their Basecamp platform to help me manage projects and stay in touch with clients and resources. I use that along with a painted on the wall chalkboard to always be writing down thoughts and information I may forget.

Thanks to Joshua Niamehr of Online Holdings Corporation

35. Be A Friend

Sometimes being an entrepreneur can feel like you are fighting your way through each decision, each step, each new strategy for your company. For me, this is how it can feel each day. Thankfully, this feeling is also what motivates me to keep working harder and harder.

I have found that my most valuable resources, are the connections and friendships that I have made throughout my life. If you are a person, who your friends would not hesitate to recommend, then you are sure to be successful. And if your friends do not hesitate to recommend you, then they will surely also be a resource and help in every area of your work.

So, what is the best strategy? Be a friend, and a good one. Unfortunately for many, faking it will just not cut it here. Being a friend requires truth and sincerity.

Thanks to Preston Cone of AppTank Designs

36. Be Organized

The most important thing you can do to survive as a solopreneur is to be organized. It can get very stressful when you’re wearing so many hats, but if you can plan out your week and set time blocks for different tasks, you’ll have a better chance of keeping your sanity.

Thanks to Joshua Dorkin of BiggerPockets Inc.

37. Solopreneur’s Many Hats – Best Strategy

When demands for my services escalated, I hired other solopreneurs as

subcontractors who:

A) Had expertise I personally didn’t possess (graphic design, photography,

website development and maintenance)

B) Had skills similar to mine (writing and editing) so that I could manage

more projects.

Thanks to Jane Blume of Desert Sky Communications

38. Outsource!!

Find the best people possible to handle the functions that do not maximize the best use of your time. Just do what you do best, and manage everyone else at a distance. That will allow you to run any size business from anywhere, and trust me it works!

Thanks to Craig Wolfe of CelebriDucks

39. Buy Expertise!

I can do bookkeeping, but I hate it and it would take time I can better use elsewhere–like working with my clients. So I pay someone I know to do my books. She hassles me to be sure I have all of the records straight. She is faster, and she actually likes doing it. She is also better at it. A win-win all around and well worth the money.

Thanks to Penny Miller of Venture HRO, LLC

40. Wearing All The Hats

Wearing all the hats is so FRUSTRATING! Especially for women, as we need to recharge our receptivity and our hearts with water, touch and movement.

* Water touch and movement are my three solutions to balance the workload.

Baths, Hot Springs or just visiting a lake, ocean or gulf regenerates our chi to go for it again.

* Touch from a massage therapist, your children or a lover feels so good, and at least one must be had on a daily basis for feminine survival.

* Movement, be it dance, walking, exercise, cycling; sometime even a road trip works for me or getting on a plane, getting out and about always shakes up the energy and stimulates new thoughts feeling and desires.

* Finally, get other people on the team. Women can build economy by creating jobs, that’s what we do with shopping, that’s what we can do in business.

Thanks to Beverly D. of BeverlyD Luxe Organic Hair

41. My Best Strategy For Running A One-person-show:

Develop a Mastermind Group of Entrepreneurs that meets on Skype once/week. This is wonderful to help you feel not so alone in the process and to get valuable advice from a group helping you solve some of the many obstacles that you may be faced with.

Thanks to Susanne Alexander-Heaton of Motivated By Nature Calgary

42. It Takes Guts!

If you have the guts to make it as a solopreneur, you already have the internal motivation, self-discipline and goal-orientation to succeed. The best strategy I have found to avoid being overwhelmed is to let those natural, internal strengths drive how and when you work as well as what you choose to work on.

I was never good at sitting down at a desk and working straight through from 9-5, so, not surprisingly, my best days running my career consulting business are the days when I can mix it up–see clients, write an article, meet a networking contact for lunch, work in a work-out and still get dinner on the table for my family. Changing up the pace and the routine make things fun and new every day.

Being a solopreneur also allows me the freedom to seek out new projects that will either help me expand my skill set, or increase my marketability or both. Adding new dimensions over the last 20 years has kept my business fresh and still going strong!

Thanks to Cheryl Heisler of Lawternatives

43. Leverage Your Resources

To stay focused and to avoid being overwhelmed, I leverage resources by utilizing vendors, subcontractors and freelancers, who meet my expectations and understand my needs as a solopreneur. Sometimes this includes the use of a virtual secretary. These people are an important part of my team, who deliver on time, exceed expectations and have outstanding customer service.

I’ve developed strong and personal relationships with the stable vendors, subcontractors and freelancers with whom I work. I know about their families and needs. They too understand work-life balance and appreciate my understanding of their own work-life balance. This mutual understanding allows us maintain smooth working relationships at all times.

I’m not only a solopreneur but I’m also a mother of twin toddler boys. My sons were born the first year I opened my business, so there were many challenges to overcome. The skills I developed through conquering those challenges are used every day to run my business effectively.

Thanks to Ruwena Healy of Marketing 24/7, Inc.

44. Solopreneur Strategy

As the solopreneur owner of a training company, I start each day doing something that makes and/or saves money. Next, is to do something that delights one or more clients. Next, to reach out to at least five potential clients. After that I do whatever needs doing. Anything that requires me to learn something for more than an hour, that I will not need to do on a regular basis or where the technology is constantly changing, I sub out.

Thanks to Susan Bender Phelps of Odyssey Mentoring

45. Managing The Roles Of The Solopreneur

Keep a “to do” list. Write it down, whether on paper, in the task bar on your computer or on your smart phone, and include electronic reminders for time sensitive activities. Put actions in priority order. Check the list first thing every morning, and at the end of every business day. As new needs arise, reprioritize the list.

Thanks to Pattie Cagney Sheehan of Second Act

46. One Word: Segmentation

I plan out each week with a list organized by category (sales, finance, etc.), with step by step action items. When I work, I focus on one category. I take care of small tasks first (answering emails), and then dive into my steps and cross them off as I go. As thoughts occur to me in other categories, I write them down and get back to my list.

Thanks to Caryn Paradis of Roundhouse Design Collaborative

47. Here’s How…

I would say to schedule time for each task: social media, bookkeeping, etc. and time for yourself. Believe it or not, that makes it sort of a game and challenge, and you don’t view all the tasks as work. I have to write a lot for my website and setting aside quiet time for that is crucial. I allot several hours and when the time is up I take a mental break, be it a walk outside or a nap 🙂 It helps regenerate the mental juices.

Thanks to Monette Williams of Shopping4info

48. Daily Organization

In addition to my responsibilities as solopreneur in my business (It’s Your Move, inc), I am co-director for my husband’s business (Dave Reynolds and Associates, LLC, Personal Fitness Specialists which I helped establish). The best strategy I use is one of daily organization.

All paperwork must be completed by the end of that business day, checks logged in and any correspondence completed. I meet on a weekly basis with the director, so we can assess what needs to be done and how the business is working. Long term planning is ongoing, as well as the marketing for both businesses.

I must be organized in my daily trips to see patients, as well as know my limits on how many patients I feel comfortable seeing. I rarely have to do “work” after dinner, and that is important to me to maintain other interests and the quality of life I need for my family.

Thanks to Cindy Kardeman of It’s Your Move, Inc.

49. Know Your Limitations

You need to spend the majority of your time honing your strengths. Yes, this sounds like common sense, but this is the first thing many solopreneurs tend to forget and then wonder why they are so overwhelmed. I am a do-it-yourself kind of person and although this is an admirable trait to possess, it can be a bit of a curse as well.

When I first started my business, I found myself devoting an awful lot of time to building my website. My background is in marketing and communications—not designing websites. Can I design one? Yes. However, my time is better spent focusing on my strengths—providing marketing and administrative support to solopreneurs. Therefore, I quickly realized how essential it is to identify your areas of weakness and team up with someone else to fill in the “gap” in areas that you aren’t your forte. Once you learn this lesson, you will regain your sanity, time and experience growth.

Thanks to LaTosha Johnson of TargetStars, Inc.

50. Overwhelm Avoidance

I hire p/t temporary help to get out of tight schedules. I have hired them through Craig’s List and groups of women who share the vision of my art eco online gift business. These are generally people interested in earning pocket money, and I invest time in training them. Then I hire them to help out occasionally when it isn’t too busy so they will hone their skills.

As my busy times are both predictable (Christmas, Mother’s Day) and unpredictable, I am comforted to know that I have some backup, if necessary. For me, investment in additional help is good for my business and a blessing for my stress level.

Thanks to Reena Kazmann of Eco-Artware

51. Get Some Frik’n Help!

Once you’ve hired a bookkeeper (yes, even if you’re an accountant) to do your work, the person you need the most is someone VERY local. A Personal Assistant helps you in the garden, iron your cloths, clean the house, take the kids to “x”, and work in your office, too. They work part-time, maybe while their children are in school, after school, or on days they’re not in college. Hire someone who is willing to expand their hours and work on special projects and you’ll grow your business.

Thanks to Maria Marsala of Elevating Your Business

52. Prioritize And Manage Your Time

To me, prioritization and time management are the most important elements in being a solopreneur. Most people would probably argue that money is the biggest commodity in business, but I say time. Both time and money can be wasted, but the difference is time cannot be replaced. Missed opportunities are just that, with no guarantee that a new opportunity will be coming along anytime soon.

It is easy to become overwhelmed and start to feel like the business is falling apart because there is so much work to be done. But if you are able to stay focused through these difficult stretches, you become better at running your business.

Some parts of running a business are fun, while others are plain dreadful. Prioritization and time management have worked wonders for me. One reason is, I remind myself that one project is standing in the way of getting a more enjoyable task done. I recall when I would stay up late every night working hard trying to get everything done, but now I only work on what needs to be done and get to the rest on an as needed basis.

Thanks to Cornelius Davis of Outstanding Apparel

53. Hire An Intern!

I have several for film, social media, and blog/article marketing. They can be paid or unpaid, but do the right thing and give them rewards or a stipend. Express how vital they are to your business and give them valuable training. Interns love meaty internships and you’ll get tasks done with less stress.

Thanks to Dr. Barnsley Brown of Spirited Solutions

54. Put It On Autopilot

With the invention of many cloud-based SaaS products, I can remain connected with my clients, and new clients without always having to be directly engaged.

Thanks to Katrina Harrell of Your Simple Bookkeeper, Inc

55. Solopreneur Strategy To Avoid Being Overwhelmed

When I started my firm, every Sunday, I planned the week ahead so I would not be overwhelmed. I made sure I spent at least a third of my time on marketing my services to new clients. I decided to run the accounting for the firm on Quickbooks myself, so I’d always understand my margins. And I made my wife my “partner”–she listened to me think out loud about the business, and frequently had good suggestions and was reassuring.

Thanks to Dan Biederman of Biederman Redevelopment Ventures

56. You’ve Got To Have A Plan

I am a solo entrepreneur and a single mom, running a social media marketing company. I work long hours and love what I do. I spend 1 hour a day in just organizing and planning. If I don’t do this, it extends my day 3 hours. You can do it all, you just have to follow a plan.

Thanks to Stephanie Ward of Red Lime Media

My sincere thanks to all our respondents this week! Openly sharing your expertise and experiences is a huge asset to this blog and the readership. I wish you all a wonderful week and hope to see you here again.

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