Fine Tuning your Business

Lately, I’ve been doing quite a lot of thinking about where I want to be and how that reflects in my business model. The goal of self-employment and financial independence is just a reach away. And with this goal’s end in sight, I can’t help but think what more can I do to get there?

It’s funny because as human beings, we tend to never be content with our current situation. For example, if you are looking for a job –> you find one. Great! A few months later, you want a raise –> you get one. Awesome! After that raise, you want a promotion –> you work hard and get promoted. Good work! While this isn’t a bad thing, let’s ask ourselves this question, “How long were we happy with our situation before we wanted more?” Probably not very long. In fact, the moment I achieved my goals I celebrated with maybe a dinner and then planned my next steps of world domination on the car ride home. Uh oh.

I realized this concept when I was watching a TED Talk and reflected on my own personal life. I realized I kept trying to push too hard and move forward too quickly. It helped conceptualize the idea that I don’t let my current status marinate long enough for any success to be had and that’s hurting my brand. This self-realization led me to my first sentence of this post: where am I and how does that reflect my business model?

Since our brand is a reflection of ourselves, our products and services associated with our brand should continue to evolve just as our lives do. And for me, that step is to scale back. When I made this conscious decision to do so, I realized what I was missing out on: happiness. Yes, happiness my friends. So for the

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next few months, I’m going to continue to fine-tune my business and work toward my main goal: to be happy.

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Around Here

You know that saying..”Getting your ducks in a row.” That’s me right now. Charlie and I have established our goals, personally and professionally and we’re ready to get ‘er done! (excuse the tacky slang)

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I love being able to work on both Ninong’s and CO. When I first started at Ninong’s, CO had to take a temporary pause since I had so much to learn and a lot of adjustments had to be made. Now that I feel like I’ve settled in and I have a good team I’ve been able to get back into CO and things have really flourished since then.

Since the new year, I’ve really been thinking hard about CO and where I want to be. What products and services do I want to offer? What are we currently offering that I don’t feel passionate about anymore? And though these will be questions I will always have to ask, I’m starting to feel like I’m coming into my own. I have a plan in place, I’ve written it down, and I’m taking the baby steps to get closer and closer. It feels so good to be motivated and working toward something you want for yourself so badly.

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My App Faves of the Month

With this new year and all the change that’s happening, I’ve really been relying on technology to help keep me organized. I’ve decided to share some of my top 4 multi-tasking helpers that keep me from pulling my hair out from all the overwhelming stress!

Apple’s Calendar App

Apple’s Calendar App. The best part? Syncing with my iPhone, iPad, and Macbook. No matter what device, my schedule is at a glance.

Mailbox App

Mailbox App. It helps me keep my inbox organized. I have so many incoming emails throughout the day and it’s so hard to keep up! But this helps me get that inbox to zero while making sure I get back to those important emails in a timely fashion.

Etsy App

The Etsy App. I love that I can manage my Etsy store on the go. It notifies me as soon as I get an order with a nice little cha-ching! 

Trello App

Trello. Looking for an easy way to organize projects, events, orders…you name it!? Trello has been such a great app for me. I’ve used it to plan events, to manage orders, and collaborate with colleagues! Not only that, but it’s free! You can also get Trello Gold and Trello for Business at a very affordable price.

The bottom line though, these apps are no good unless you really use them. Just like anything else, you can’t rely on these things to do the work for you. Are you going to take time and put in your appointments in your calendar? Siri can’t remind you about them unless they’re in there. Are you going to manage your projects so you don’t forget to ship out that order? It’s all up to you.

Happy organizing!

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