Happy New Year!
It’s time to embark on another trip around the sun. This time of year is filled with optimism, big dreams, and ambitious goals. There’s nothing quite like a fresh start. A feeling of…
However, underneath the shiny exterior of new beginnings, hopes, dreams, and wishes, many of us end up experiencing something else instead…
You see ((as well-intentioned as they may be)) New Year’s Resolutions often focus on…
And when we fall short yet again, abandon the 5:30 am alarm clock we swore we’d obey, or choose leftover holiday cookies over the kickboxing class at the gym (again), we fall back into disappointment, self-criticism, and defeat.
How quickly that fresh exuberance of a new calendar fizzles come January 13…
The same applies to our business resolutions. While you don’t need to have every single step mapped out (sometimes you need to trust and allow things to unfold), you do need to find a sustainable, consistent practice that will help you meet your goals. I have found that one simple, but impactful, approach to meeting my business goals has made ALL the difference for me and my clients.
I’m here to tell you, you’re not missing the mark on your big goals and dreams because there’s something wrong with YOU. You simply haven’t found the right rhythms to support your work, your goals, and your progress.
Resolutions are all fine and good, but they don’t include the roadmap to get there.
Rhythms are different. Rhythms create consistency in your business, and consistency is KEY. Being consistent in your business is the key to success, the key to sustainability, and the key to your sanity (IMO the most important of all)!
Setting rhythms in your business offers a strong foundation that can grow with you. With rhythms in place, you’ll be in awe of what aligned action you’ll be able to take in the new year and beyond!
This blog is the kick-off to my New Year’s blog series all about RHYTHMS in your business. We’ll explore what rhythms are, how they work, and which rhythms every business should have to meet their goals and keep everything running like a well-oiled machine so you can…
Then, each week I’ll dig deep into one of the 8 essential rhythms your business needs so that you can start laying a foundation that will serve you for many years to come.
I encourage you to join my email list so you can follow along! Each week I’ll pop into your inbox to remind you to set aside some time to tend to each essential rhythm in your business.
I want to support you as you consistently strive for those big business goals through…
…to help to streamline your systems, establish your WOW client experience, and set you up for goal-smashing success.
Ditch the judgment & disappointment of resolutions. Embrace the empowerment & sustainability of rhythms.
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It’s like having your own personal Business Coach in your back pocket (aka your email inbox) guiding you as you create an impactful, passion-led, creative business you can’t wait to dive into day after day, year after year.
I define rhythms as recurring responsibilities that cycle in your business. Some rhythms may be dictated to you such as finances or marketing, while others may be more flexible or industry-specific. A rhythm is something that comes up again and again and it is essential for your business to operate, scale, and thrive.
The beauty of focusing on rhythms instead of resolutions is that rhythms can support any and all goals you set. They can grow, expand, and evolve to support your ever-changing business even if your goals shift!
Rhythms are not one-size-fits-all and need to be customized to you, your unique business, and your workflows. Some will naturally fall into place at certain times throughout the year. Typically, there are daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual rhythms. Let’s take a look at some examples.
Daily: project communications
Weekly: status updates for a client
Monthly: progress reviews, invoices, reconciling your books
Quarterly: seasonal planning
Annually: updates for pricing and policies, offers, & long term agreements
While each business is different, there are some rhythms that all businesses must tend to. I’ve worked with countless businesses over the years. Whether they are small start-ups, one-woman solopreneur operations, or huge corporations, they all have 8 rhythms in common, even if they manage their rhythms differently.
As we explore the 8 specific rhythms your creative business needs, you’ll be able to determine how often these rhythms need to be nurtured in your work so you can find what serves you best as you step into the new year.
Ever hear a band play and the timing is just…off?
I’m no music expert, but when ya know, ya know!
It’s usually pretty easy to identify the rhythms that are off in your business too. They’re usually the things you put off, avoid, detest, or wish you could just hand off to someone else once and for all.
Here are three ways to tell if your business is out of rhythm so you can take action and get back in sync:
When we try to “fix” these challenges with new year’s resolutions, we think that we have to change something about ourselves. We pick apart our habits, qualities, and skills until we feel so bummed out, it’s no wonder the motivation is gone!
When we build a better relationship with the rhythms in our business (instead of sweeping them under the rug) we’re able to find a better way to work. We move away from “one and done” solutions that are as temporary as a stick-on tattoo, and move toward long-term systems that actually offer lasting results! You get to create a workflow that supports YOU, which is why every business and every person has their own custom rhythms.
Once you implement rhythms, you’ll feel more flow in your work. You’ll be able to get out of the weeds, knowing that the essential operations of your business are being handled.
When these rhythms are optimized you’ll feel way more efficient so that you can spend more of your time on the big picture planning and implementation that will move the needle forward on your new year’s goals and visions.
Here are the 8 rhythms I encourage you to tend to this year.
And some tips to guide you as you work through each one!
CEO Time is time to work ON your business instead of IN your business. It’s the time you prioritize away from the day-to-day tasks to TRULY wear your CEO hat (AKA this is not time off or vacation time). CEO Time is different from taking a few days to relax at the beach or visit family (although time off for YOU is equally as important!).
CEO time is working time, it’s just about working DIFFERENTLY. As a business owner, it can be easy to get caught up in the tasks and responsibilities of your other roles. Especially if you’re a solopreneur, you’re likely serving as a social media manager, bookkeeper, marketing team, customer service representative…the list goes on and on.
This is a friendly but firm reminder: while all of those roles are important, no role is more essential than the title of CEO.
When you shift your thinking around how you spend your time in your business, it really is like moving from an employee mentality to a boss mindset. As the boss it is your responsibility to tune into the vision and direction of your company. You can’t do this if you’re ONLY working reactively from one day to the next.
It’s time to work proactively and step into your rightful place as a LEADER.
When you carve out CEO time you’ll…
The reason so many entrepreneurs don’t take CEO Time? They’re afraid that the moment they step away, the whole operation will crumble!
Don’t be the bottleneck.
The benefits of CEO Time are too good to miss! Whether you implement CEO Time weekly, monthly, or quarterly, it will positively impact your work and the progress you make towards your goals.
You can be in business to…
…but no matter what kind of business you have or what good you do, you need to be realistic with your finances.
At the end of the day, you need to earn MONEY to have a business. It’s what sets your hobbies apart from your career.
While this may seem obvious, it is often alarming how many entrepreneurs are unaware of the state of their finances. They are intimidated to confront their books, or avoid discussing the “m” word (money).
Being an entrepreneur means you’ll likely have to confront your “money stuff” at one point or another.
Ya know… feelings of lack, worthiness, scarcity, etc. etc. etc.
Your relationship with money is similar to your connections with family or friends. It needs to be nurtured and tended to regularly, not avoided, neglected, or shoved into a figurative box at the back of your closet.
Getting familiar with your numbers is the best way to positively impact your life and your work. Don’t avoid looking at your books until tax season, it’s doing no one any favors.
The best way to confront your “money stuff”? Build it into your routine consistently so that reconciling your books, paying invoices, or filing your taxes isn’t a huge, stressful overhaul. It becomes a manageable task you chip away at steadily throughout the year.
You’ll feel more confident and aligned every step of the way. Plus, if you have any financial goals on your “resolution” list, these rhythms will ensure you’re on your way to meeting those goals. You’ll actually be able to track your progress instead of blindly wishing & hoping it into existence!
To fully step into your role as CEO and actually have finances to look at, you need to sell! The good news is, gone are the days of the sleazy car salesman.
Selling doesn’t have to, and shouldn’t, feel icky. Instead, work to shift your focus. If you never sell, you’ll never be able to help or serve your audience with your skill, talent, creations, or expertise.
When entrepreneurs feel uncomfortable selling or haven’t found a system that feels aligned, they end up with an unpredictable and unreliable business model. A sales rhythm offers predictability, scalability, and measurability so you can feel empowered when it comes to selling your product, course, or service.
I don’t call myself COO (Chief Operating Officer) for nothing. Streamlining the systems and ops of your business is my JAM! My goal is to help my clients run their business like a well-oiled machine so that they can focus their energy on serving, creating, innovating, and spending time in a way that lights them UP.
You must have SOPs (standard operating procedures), automations, strong client management systems, and workflows in place so that you can steadily let go of the reins and worry less about the tiny details while spending more time in your zone of genius.
The upfront time, strategy, and implementation needed to get your systems and ops up and running often deters business owners from putting these essential business practices in place. The learning curve and business-y jargon can intimidate some entrepreneurs.
BUT, once you have your CEO Time in place, you can get out of the weeds and prioritize these needle-moving elements of your business.
Trust me, establishing systems and operations upfront and then tending to them as your business evolves. You’ll thank yourself for many years to come!
Still intimidated by the business jargon? I’ve got you covered. Stick with me and we’ll map out your unique systems and ops rhythm!
As a creative business owner, being creative isn’t just fun, it’s work. Whether you’re brand new to your creative business or have been at it for a while, it can be tricky to find the balance between creating for your clients and creating for yourself. It can be tough to pour into your creativity when your passion becomes your profession. Sometimes your craft, skill, or art can start to feel like it’s only a means to an end.
It’s essential to tap into creativity for creativity’s sake and just have fun!
Many entrepreneurs develop an unhealthy relationship with their creativity. They might think they need to “conserve” their creativity in order to be productive in their professional life. Or, it can simply be too hard to carve out time in your busy schedule. We’ve all experienced how much easier it is to put our client’s needs ahead of our own (guilty!).
Remember, we all have the same 24-hours in a day, but we MAKE time for the things we value. If being a creative person (not just a creative entrepreneur) is important to you, I can teach you how to block time off for tending to your creativity by building a rhythm into your schedule.
Marketing rhythms are about setting a strategy that is both effective and sustainable to grow your audience (and your impact), and get you in front of the right people at the right time. It goes hand in hand with sales.
There are so many different ways to market in today’s world, it can feel overwhelming to even START.
Your head is spinning with…
Either you’ve tried to do EVERYTHING all at once (and burnt out reeaaal quick) or you feel paralyzed by the multitude of options. Analysis paralysis is REAL my friend! Rhythms will help you focus your efforts and energy in the most impactful and scalable way.
You need to interact with your audience. As tempting as it may be, you can’t simply set it and forget it. Once you’ve created content, it’s your responsibility to join the conversation you’ve initiated with your audience.
This rhythm strategically comes AFTER building out a marketing rhythm. So often business owners are caught up in the content game because they don’t yet have a sustainable rhythm that works for them – they’re working it! They either forget about engagement or simply don’t have the capacity or bandwidth to tend to it. For this reason, engagement tends to be low on the priority list and it is a missed opportunity for many businesses to grow organically.
Communication rhythms include all the ways you interact with your team members, colleagues, vendors, outsourced professionals, and most importantly your clients.
As a business owner, strong communication skills are essential because worried clients are NOT happy clients (or team members for that matter)! Ease their concerns on the front end, and you’ll earn their trust, loyalty, and business. Luckily, there are lots of ways to ensure that your people are in the know.
Without communication rhythms, you’re probably responding to people in a reactionary way instead of a proactive way (I don’t need to spell it out for you: that’s not ideal). Instead, communication rhythms help us plan ahead, learn what works, anticipate client needs, and help us maintain our boundaries instead of falling into people-pleasing tendencies.
I am so excited to help you put rhythms in place for your business this year. I encourage you to…
With the right rhythms in place, your business will be humming along in the new year creating space, systems, and strategy that will help you to actively work towards, meet, and even exceed all the goals, resolutions, and dreams you have in mind for the year ahead!
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