Back to the A, B, C’s

Help Me Rhonda Services is a support staff for small business.  I always use the scenario below with potential new customers to help them see what I offer.

“That stack you have at the corner of your desk, that special project you never have time to get too because your essential duties take up all your time, I come in and get you back to level. ”  Is it really that no one has time to get their work done or is it really a matter of how you prioritize your day and goals?

If you believe that you can’t make the time to finish what you start or add just one more thing to your plate than you might just not want to read the rest of this blog. Prioritizing is a TOUGH task. Rather than focusing on what you can’t get done, lets take a look at how your efforts to organize can change that outcome!

1. Always, always, always, did I mention you ALWAYS need to plan your day!  Anything that occurs on a daily basis should top that list. Make sure you add your breaks and your lunch to that list, you might even choose to skip them but they are part of your essential day!

2. Keep a side list of disruptions, extended phone calls, socialize time (yes that 15 minutes you took in the break room refilling that cup of coffee and talking to a co-worker about the weekend) and things that pull you away from your daily workload. Own the time you might be wasting during the day.

3. Once you have compiled your list of tasks, keep track of the time it takes to complete said task. Use a full work week to keep track, everyday is different.  It may seem that it will only take 15 minutes to enter a stack of checks when in real time it actually takes 30 minutes. Don’t fool yourself, it will only set you up for failure.

4.  Special projects will come up. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you can’t make time to get that done too. Blend them into your day with a simple ABC method of planning. Highest priority is an A and things that can wait move to the end of the list.

Once you habitually use this plan, your day will run much smoother. My Dad used to say we all have the same 168 hours a week, How do you think Lee Iaccoca would handle this?  I am sure it never made the work load less but it always reminded me that I had a lot less on my plate than he did.

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Stepping over the hurdles

I have committed myself to working for myself. In plain English it really means my successes are dependent on how hard I want to work.  Most days that is pretty hard since I have a family to feed!

There are several things that never occurred to me about owning a business before I started one.  Things that could be potential obstacles, working against your goals of being successful. I wanted to put these things out there hoping that others that dream of being self-employed will have answers they might be looking for.

1. If you do not excel at “it” find some assistance with “it”. I am learning this now about building my company website. It may come with a small cost to get it complete but I am not using my own energies. This frees me up to do something else more productive.

2. Find the right networking venues that fit your business goals.  There are hundreds of different network groups in your local area. Not all of them will benefit your business. In fact most of them will be business card swaps. Look for like-minded groups and form business circles who will support your goals.

3. Be specific in your marketing and referral needs.  This lets your business circle support you and your new business venture.  If your business want to target women ages 35-50 than let others know, why would you want to waste that time.

4. Never schedule your meetings with clients over lunch.  Seems innocent enough, casual conversation while you eat a meal you were already planning but that meeting could last much longer than expected. Stick to a cup of coffee or mid-morning office meeting where you can control your time.

5. Last but still just as important, make time to answer emails, phone messages and downtime through your work week to prevent burnout and lost business!

I am now in week 5 with Help Me Rhonda Services. I am gaining some momentum and getting my new message out there. I am still working on a life/work balance but it seems easier everyday!

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My name is Rhonda and I am the Owner of Help Me Rhonda Services!

The last time I walked into an office and worked for someone else was February 2012.  I have had some ups and downs in the last 6 months of not working. I have served in a variety of volunteer positions, I have donated time to helping others build their businesses and I have wallowed in some self pity thinking I was not worthy of being successful.

I have looked for work but honestly not as hard as I could have, really not wanting to go back into an office environment and work hard for someone else, not achieving anything more then a paycheck.  I have lived that life for a long time and was never happy. My happiness was in serving others, giving of my talents without condition or expectation.

Did self doubt prevent me from stepping out in faith? I had a conversation with Michelle and used my weight as an excuse just hoping I wouldn’t have to talk about the risk anymore. I wasn’t worthy of being my own boss. I wasn’t worthy of building a business that was centered on my Christian value and morals. YES I WAS!

Help Me Rhonda Services was born sitting at a networking event on August 7th. I bought the domain name, ordered some business cards and started networking. I had little expectation. In fact someone asked me if this was what I was going to do until I found a “real” job.  I sat on that discouragement a bit and questioned again was I worthy.

I took such a leap of faith and just put myself out there. Today…..almost 1 month into this I have an event I am planning, 30 hours of consistent work a week and unbelievable abundance. I pray daily that the Lord use me to serve and that His Will be mine! I believe in myself and what I offer.

Did I really just open my own company?

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