Balancing working & being an entrepreneur

As a Toastmaster, we have a variety of speeches that we have to complete while pursuing our goal of Distinguished Toastmaster. I decided to share my notes from a previous speech, I shared 10 things that work for me as I balance a 9 to 5 job & being a entrepreneur. Delegate duties Know your limits Take breaks – work 5 or 6 days a week instead of 7 – all work and no play doesn’t help you to accomplish your plan you have set forth. Set aside time for Family or time for your self. It helps to ward off burn-out – rest your mind/body & refresh. Take 1 day of the week and make a to-do list of what you want to accomplish for the week. Stay on schedule – if you work a 9-5 make important business related calls on your lunch break. The calendar can be your best friend. Don’t over promise – take in mind that you work your full-time job, so know your time frame for responding to your clients request. Learn to say NO! It’s ok to decline invitations. Remember why you started. I hope these 10 tips are helpful to you, if you do anything different please let me know. Share...

Comfort Zones

Why do we like the comfort zone so much? It is our comfort area, we don’t want to step outside of that area, because we don’t know what to expect. It could also be part of control, we can control what’s in our comfort zone, but we can’t control what’s outside of that area. Take a moment and think back to your younger years, those years when you were super fearless and you did anything and everything. But as we get older for some reason we allow fear to stop us from stepping out of the comfort zone. We become thinkers, and we think about the repercussions of doing certain things and what will happen if something goes wrong. Understand, Of course the journey of life is not always easy, but you can’t go through life thinking everything will be easy. I had to get back to the younger years, step out of my comfort zone! The illustration below, is on point to what some perceive about what happens inside of the comfort zone. . Picture Credit – http://talent-technologies.com/new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Your_Comfort_Zone.jpg Share...

Resilience

This word was not my word of the week, but it is word that popped into my head today after the networking event that I attended today. I’ve written about networking as well as doing periscope videos about getting yourself out there and networking. After today’s event – the stories that were shared, were real & raw. It takes a lot to share your story in front of strangers, people who aren’t like your safety blankets.  So when I think about the ladies who shared their stories, the word that comes to mind is Resilience. “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up” – Vince Lombardi Share...

Saving time on Social Media by using these platforms

Most people think in order to have a presence on Social Media that they need to be on these platforms, every minute or hour of the day. That is not true, don’t get me wrong if you want to be on social media every minute or hour of the day, be my guest – but it is not needed. When I first started out on Social Media in 2009  – I needed to figure out what can help me get out my content out without me being on line all the time. Finally I ran across 2 scheduling platforms that would allow me to schedule a date and time for my content to be posted on my social platforms, and to stay consistent as well.  Here are some schedulers I found to be helpful – some are free platforms: Hootesuite – A scheduling system to share your content on social profiles, this scheduling system also allows you to view your analytics. – It allows you to share your content on 3 social profiles for free. For more social profiles paid pricing starts at $9.99 a month. Buffer – A scheduling system to share you content on social media. It allows you to share your content on 5 social profiles, lets you add 10 scheduled post per platform for free. For more social profiles – paid pricing begins at $10.00 a month. I’ve used those 2 scheduling systems for years, but recently I started using Post Planner. This is a paid scheduling system, but much different than the two above. This platform hosts webinars, and  helps you to help build followers and increase your engagement. Out of...