July and August can be tough months to stay motivated and continue to put quality time into your business. The warm summer sun seems to be calling us outdoors and often away on much needed vacations. It can be hard to stay on top of your business while juggling many other activities and projects that take place during the summer months.
If you have kids they are likely out of school now, or maybe working summer jobs, perhaps you get summer visitors to your home or this is the season you need to spend extra time in the yard and garden or maybe doing home renovations.
Whatever it is that side tracks you from spending the required time and energy working on your business, it can leave you feeling a little like you’ve left something undone. However, you don’t want to let the ball drop on your business that you’ve worked so hard on throughout the year.
Here are some tips to keep things rolling without a ton of work! These tips are mainly for those who have an on-line store like I do but they may be useful to others too!
TIME – Choose a time every day or at least every couple of days to write down some thoughts, make a list (could be future ideas for blogs) or start an article outline. It doesn’t take long to jot down a couple of hundred words and when you are ready to get back to your routine of work you’ll have a list of great ideas that you can expand on. If you’re a morning person, choose a sunny morning to do this, or warm evening, whatever works for you. Even half an hour will be worthwhile!
CHECK IN – Once a week or more often if time allows, check in with your networking community! Let folks no you are still around, comment on some blogs, tweet a few products, share a couple of tips.
UPDATE YOUR STORE – Search engines like fresh content so you’ll want to add a few new products or designs to your store as often as you can. Once a week is probably sufficient to keep things fresh.
SKETCH OR PHOTOGRAPH – Even on vacation you can utilize your time, this is my favourite time to capture some great pictures of varied scenes, flowers and nature items to use in my store. Always keep your camera or IPhone handy for great shots. Sometimes an idea randomly pops into your head and having a little sketch book or notebook handy makes it easy to sketch it out right there.
READ – Vacations are great times to read. Stay updated in your field, learn something new about your type of business. Take a book to the beach, camping or wherever you go to relax. When you come back to work in Sept. you’ll have loads of great ideas to kick off your business.
Well hope you liked my tips and most of all have a great summer!
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