Over the last two years, I’ve developed my own methods to the entrepreneurial madness. Some methods keep me organized. Some keep me informed. Others keep me sane.
In today’s post, I’m pulling back the virtual curtain to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how I do what I do. My hope is that you may find a few ideas or tactics to use. And, as always, I’d love for you to share your own!
- 1. How I roll: Oh, what would we do without our apps? They allow for automation, organization, and easy communication. My favorite apps include…
- AND CO – my go-to for creating proposals and contracts, tracking time, organizing finances, and all the things
- Canva – how I pretend to be a graphic design guru (when I’m not)
- Trello – makes project management and client communication seamless
- Feedly – gathers all the blogs and online magazines I read in one place (which is huge on saving time and energy)
- 2. How I learn: With any small business, staying informed about current industry trends is essential. Along with the blogs and online magazines I curate through Feedly, I also subscribe to several newsletters and take advantage of online courses. Below are some of my favs…
- Women Entrepreneur and Career Contessa – two sources for professional women who want to build careers of their own (and conquer their corner of the world in the process)
- The Story of Telling by Bernadette Jiwa – short, inspirational blog posts that inspire and prompt you to question the status quo
- Hubspot Academy – easy-to-navigate free courses that cover all the things about marketing your business and managing lead generation
- 3. How I connect: No matter where you may live, you likely can find networking groups and conferences that will allow you to connect with like-minded people. Below are a few groups and conferences that I attend to stay motivated, inspired, and connected…
- The OWN (The Original Women’s Network) – an all-women network of small business owners who gather to offer support, share ideas, and build a community
- The SD CEO’s Annual Women’s Business Conference – a worthwhile event with motivational speakers, networking opportunities, and professional development
- The South Dakota Festival of Books – an annual event that brings authors, writers, and readers together
- 4. How I unwind: Because I work from home, I struggle to turn my business mind off. So in addition to “escaping” by taking my fur kids Darcy and Emma for their daily walks, I also pick up a good book or two, watch some of my favorite shows, and listen to these podcasts…
- Chasing Creative – Abbigail Kriebs and Ashley Brooks speak my language when it comes to pursuing creativity, reading, and finding time for work, life, and writing
- The Next Right Thing – When each day is filled with countless decisions, Emily P. Freeman knows how to put things in perspective
- The Lazy Genius Collective – Kendra Adachi’s mantra says it all: “Being genius about the things that matter and lazy about the things that don’t”
Without a doubt, owning a business takes time, dedication, a fair share of creativity, and a little bit of madness. Whether you own your own business, have dreams to do so, or are killing it in the corporate world, I’d love to know how you navigate your to-dos and how-tos. Share your favorite apps, resources, networks, and podcasts below!