Posted a blog in a week
Started that website redesign your aching website yearns for
Contacted that person who can help get you UNstuck
Dealt with the everloving clusterfuck that is your bookkeeping
Yeah. Me too.
Above every other piece of advice I’ve been given in my business career, the practice of making myself my first client every day has topped all other morsels of knowledge.
It’s hard — we get sidetracked.
It requires commitment — and even the most important of commitments get deprioritized sometimes.
Whatever your reasons for not taking care of your business shit, they’re bullshit. If you have time to work for other paying clients, you have time to pay yourself first and work on your business.
How I Do It (most of the time)
I use my calendar. I block time out for specific tasks and have three separate calendars:
- Erika (red)
- Speaking Events (blue)
- Buy Me Coffee Sessions (green)
- Client Projects (yellow)
The first activity every morning is ALWAYS red.
The last activity of the work day is ALWAYS red.
How I Keep from Cheating on My Calendar
I look at weeks like this week and think, “Wow — that sucked.” The only thing that should suck in my business is the vacuum cleaner on the area rug.
On Friday, I set my calendar for the following week and ensure that I have My Business Shit on the calendar.
There’s shit I hate doing. Hates it, preciouuuuuuuus. There’s also shit that’s not financially worth the time cost for me to do. Thus, I have a Virtual Assistant. I have a bookkeeper. I have a CPA.
Whatever I pay these folks, it’s fucking worth it. I’ll be publishing a list of Virtual Assistant resources very soon for you to review so if this is a potential solution for you and your shit that needs to get done, you can start on it and quit with the excuses.
So…Who’s Your First Client on Monday?
It’d best be YOU. Because it’s the only thing you can start doing today that will grow and improve your business by metric ass tons.
Don’t believe me?
On February 5, I launched my rebranding and new site. I also launched my Buy Me Coffee offering.
In 24 days, I booked and completed 17 (SEVENTEEN) Buy Me Coffee sessions. I’ve booked 3 paid speaking engagements. I’m interviewing 2 new full-time clients.
Completed WIN for my business? $25,593
Potential additional WIN for my business? Around $14,000/month for the next 12 months.
And none of that would have happened if I’d told my business to take a back seat to everyone else’s.
Today, all I’m wondering is why I didn’t take my own advice sooner.
You — and I — have both been slapped.