Welcome to the MultiTaskingMaven show. If we haven't met, I'm Rhonda, and I help busy moms scale their business that meets their season of life. I should know because for the past 14 years, I've been busy building a seasonal business that is larger than your local target, while I've been homeschooling my four children, being a soccer mom and running my household. If it takes you longer to find a link for your business than to stand in line for your favorite drink at Starbucks, we need to talk.
Find out why Carol had to say, "You have saved me at least five hours a week with my Productivity Ninja workshop. Let's get into today's episode.
I have entitled it Work from Home Tips and Ideas. I'm going to share with you some experiences that I've had over the past 15 years by working from home, and then we're going to talk about this amazing workbook, that one of my teammates and I have put together, that's going to help you put together a strategy for your business whether you're launching, or maybe you are already in your business right now and you are looking to take it to the next level.
I want to set you up for success. So, if you don't know, over 14 years ago, I started a seasonal children's consignment sale. At the time, I had two little babies and was working in corporate America. I was a pharmaceutical representative. I was expecting my third child, it was the month of October, so it was way past consignment sale season and people had to pay to park.
It was not a recipe for success. But it was the recipe was that I was looking for as a back-up plan, in case I lost my job.
I had always, always, always wanted to have my own business, so I jumped at the opportunity, because it was something at the time with littles and a full-time job that could be flexible.
It was really flexible, because really, I was only working about four months out of the year, and I could work around my work schedule and around my children.
Now, as I have made this journey over the past going on 15 years, my why has changed a little bit, because I found that it was really important for me to be able to carve out a space that was just for myself.
I've also made the transition to working online and coaching women to help them scale their business to the next level.
I get really, really excited and become very, very passionate about supporting other women and their businesses.
Now, along the way, there have been other businesses that I have had, and while some may say they were successful, I really had to do some soul searching to say that this wasn't the right business for me.
Two of these businesses were product-based businesses.
One, I actually registered a trademark, and I sold it products across the United States. I sold on Wayfair.com. I was an actual merchant with Amazon. I didn't set up a store, so Amazon actually purchased from me, and you may recognize a little site Zulily.
But it was something that did not fit with my passion. Fulfilling product orders and POS orders did not work with my schedule. And it was not something excited me.
A few years later, I launched a children's boutique line of clothing, and I thought, "Well this is great. I love fabric. I love classic design and I'm going to make it work with my schedule." And initially, it did, so we would do samples. I would post them on Facebook. You may have remembered purchasing things on Facebook like that.
I would send them an invoice. People would pay. I would ship it. It was a beautiful thing.
One of the things I really enjoyed was putting textile workers back to work. And I loved that my product was made in the USA. That was really important to me.
And so, I went along, I had my event twice a year. homeschooling, home full-time, and now, I was selling children's boutique clothing online.
Well October happened, and right after Halloween, you would have thought the skies opened and orders fell. It was amazing.
Literally, I think we went from 10, 20 orders a day to 100 orders a day.
Within a six-week period of time, we did $40,000 in sales. Now you may be thinking, "Well that sounds really successful." It stressed me out beyond no end.
I was having a hard time managing fabric and supply orders. The demand was through the roof. We went from one seamstress to four, two packers, a shipper, and an embroider. I never would have imagined that it would blow up like it did.
I would drive to the shop 30 minutes away and would start cutting out orders at 6:00 AM in the morning, run home, homeschool, come back, work into the evening, and rinse and repeat.
Just do this over and over again.
I knew that when we shipped our last order out on December 15th, that was it, and I was shutting up my shop.
There was absolutely no way that I would go through another holiday season like that.
It was not an experience that I enjoyed, and it was not something that ... I'm like, "I never want to do a product-based business again. I'll do digital products, because I love those. Those are teaching. They're digital," but I cannot do physical products... It does not mesh with my lifestyle.
What is my lifestyle? My lifestyle is being here at home, as a mother, homeschooling for four active children, and being on the soccer field, going to music concerts, doing all of the things with my family, camping, bike riding, all of that good stuff.
And so, it was still important for me to carve out that space, and my sale has really been the thing that has been the constant through the past 14 years, as I've kind of ebbed and flowed and kind of figured out my way and done my experimenting.
And you're like, "Well, why is this important to me? And how can I use this for work from home tips and ideas?"
I'm going to share with you the workbook that we've put together, and whether you're launching, or whether you're currently in your business, I think going through this exercise will be really helpful.
I think sometimes that we start something, and we feel like we have to continue it. We need to allow ourselves grace and permission to say, "This isn't working for me," and it's okay. It's not a failure. I have learned so much from all of those experiences that I've had. It makes me who I am today.
It makes me the business owner that I am today. I wouldn't give up any of those experiences, but I want to share with you the workbook that Rachel has just gone over the top with that I think can be helpful for you.
My goal is to set you up for success and to help you scale your business whether you're launching or whether you have been running it for a while.
#1 TIME AUDIT
We all have the same 168 hours. I know we think we have a thousand, but they're the same 168. It's how you use them that makes all the difference in the world, and you've heard me say this before. But it's important to be realistic with your time. If you're launching something or you're ready to scale your business, then you need to know exactly where your time is, where your pockets are, right?
#2 DREAM BUSINESS
One of the things is that sometimes we romanticize. "Well, Susie over here is doing all of this. She's making all of this money. I want that business."
I really want you to think about, what does that dream week look like? What does that dream day look like? Write it out. Daydream a little bit, and really, just let yourself be creative and let yourself express what you think your dream job is going to be all about, okay?
The way that I break down goals, I think if you think about it in terms of a year, it's very overwhelming. I like to think about them in terms of quarters, and I brainstorm ideas for each month in the quarter, because if you focus on each month, then you could break it down to week, and then you could break it down by day.
So then now we're focused, and we don't get distracted, or we don't lose that focus to help get us across the finish line.
It's really important that you write down the goals and that you track them.
Were you successful?
What are you going to continue?
What is something that you're not going to do?
If you do this step by step, then you're going to see what those roadblocks are, and it will prevent you from going down a path that you don't want to go down, because this is your dream business, right?
What resources do you currently have?
Are they paid?
Are they free?
I just recently did an inventory myself and literally saved $160 by cutting out some of the resources that I was using.
I tried so hard to go down a path with one of them, and I really, really wanted it to work, but it was something that was holding me back. There was some tech, not that I couldn't manage it, but I had to continue almost to reinvent the wheel every single time that I sat down.
I know my schedule. I know the time that I have. And tech trip-ups, I don't have time for that.
So, I let it go. It was the rock that was in my way, and now, it's not blocking me anymore, and I feel freer, I feel excited, and I'm motivated because I've replaced it with another tool that I know like the back of my hand.
#5 DISCOVERING YOUR SECRET SAUCE
This is almost probably my favorite page of the workbook. We are going to take a look at four different areas.
The first one is, what are your passions? What gets you really excited, you can't stop talking about, you could do it 24 hours a day?
The second box, what skills do you bring to the table?
I had a conversation with my best friend just the other day, and she's like, "I'm thinking about doing a couple of things," but I don't think I could do anything online, but I'm looking for something else that I want to do." I was like, "Okay. Well you were a paralegal before, right?" She's like, "That was years ago. There's just no way." I was like, "All right. What about proofreading? Can you be an editor?" She's like, "Yeah." I was like, "People are seeking your skill."
She just needs to put a couple of pieces and parts together and she has a legitimate online business.
So we've got passions, skills.
What are the questions that you are asked?
Like, everywhere you go, I love the way you put your outfits together. I love your accessories. I love your hair. I love your makeup. How do you get everything done? How do you stay organized? You are so crafty at X, Y, Z.
What are those questions that you get asked all of the time?
Now that we have the complete inventory, I want you to pick one thing out of every single one of those box and put it at the bottom.
Friends, that's your dream business.
You have put it all together.
We have done a time audit, so we're going to be realistic.
We have thought about what our dream business looks like.
We've done an inventory of goals. What are some of the things that we need to do to reach them?
What resources do we currently have? What do we need?
And then we put it all together right at the end by looking at our passions, our skillset and what we are asked about all the time.
Do you see why I was over the moon excited about this episode?
Rachel has gone above and beyond for this printable. I love it. So make sure you click on it, you access it, you work on it, and then I want you to be a part of our private Facebook group.
We will continue the conversation in the private Facebook group.
I want to hear all about your dream business.
What are you doing?
What are you launching?
Or what are you ready to scale?
You have the tools you need for tips and ideas to work from home.
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