Mums in Business Round-up: Getting your small business back on track

It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes ago that I was sat here writing “Delegating Over the Summer Holiday” Round-up! Where did the summer go! Last year I found the first half term really difficult to get back into work mode, I pretty much procrastinated like a pro.

Don’t be like me though follow these top tips to getting your small business back on track after the summer downtime.

  1. Set your date for your ‘return to work’: Sherry from The Confident Mother talks about the importance of setting a specific back to work day. It helps with mentally preparing you, plus it’s useful to have a date that clients know they can start contacting you again.
  2. Do you still want what you’re aiming for? : Amanda from VACT reminds us how important it is to check back through our outstanding goals and ask yourself – Do I still want to achieve them? Are they still important to me?
  3. Do I have a clear plan? : Once you have established your goals you will need to set a clear plan of action to execute them. Sherry’s post on Birds on the Blog has some great tips.
  4. Can you outsource? : Are there some jobs that you can outsource to help you get back on track? Carole from AlphaBake gives her feedback on why she started to outsource and how she makes diarised time for her family.   
  5. How can you move on from the to do list? : I don’t know about you but my to do list is buckling under the strain of staying on one sheet of paper! You need to be honest with the stuff on that to-do list and the business you want. Spend some time actually reading your list. Are you realistically going to do it? Are you just moving it from list to list? What impact will it have upon your business? Amanda from Your Executive Secretary talks you through getting passed the list and onto actual business.
  6.  Want to work better? De-clutter! : If you want to work more effectively and can’t it’s probably your environment. As the saying goes “tidy space, tidy mind”. Take some time to clear up all the mess and clutter from your desk. You’ll be surprised how productive you feel, for more tips check out my blog JoanneDewberry.co.uk 

Next month I’ll be looking at “How to get yourself in the press!” If you have any suitable posts tweet me @charliemoos

See you next month!  

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About Joanne Dewberry

Joanne is a 30 something coffee lover living in rural Dorset with her long suffering partner and three children Charlie (2007), Megan (2008) and Olive (2011). Joanne is owner, designer and creator at Charlie Moo's specialising in handmade fabric party bags. She also writes a small business blog, is a Sage Business Expert and author of Crafting a Successful Small Business. In 2010 Joanne was named Dorset Business Mother of the Year and has numerous accolades and awards to her name. In her spare time she likes to eat and watch crime dramas sometimes at the same time!

One Response to Mums in Business Round-up: Getting your small business back on track

  1. Catherine Green 11 September 2016 at 07:43 #

    Some very helpful tips there, thank you, Joanne! I already implemented a few of those during the past week on our return to school/work. I included “focus on your personal wellbeing” in my to-do list, because my mind was becoming cluttered and confused just like my desk. A little meditation goes a long way in business planning!

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