Blog challenge 5/99: PD tools for solopreneurs

I thought we would digress slightly on this blog, away from the social media spectrum and delve into some personal development tools for the solopreneur / the one man or woman band / small business owner. It's important to take some time to absorb new information that is going to assist you in the psychological and physical game of business. See below for some suggestions which may help:

  • Follow a podcast from an expert in your field: Most experts have a Youtube channel or podcast that you can follow. In our field of marketing, we consume huge amounts of content from Gary Vaynerchuk. Gary isn't everyones 'cup of tea'. He is raw, he curses a lot and may not resonate with you personally, but for us - he is honest and provides amazing free content for personal growth and marketing strategies. At the start of the day, spend 30 minutes listening to your chosen expert online, who will in turn inspire you to be at your best for the day ahead.
  • Meet face to face with someone who inspires you: Do this on a weekly basis. As a solopreneur, it can be a lonely process, hours of slaving away to feed your dream. Leverage off other peoples positivity and also listen to their struggles. The old saying, a problem shared is a problem halved certainly applies here and as you know, business owners come across problems on a regular basis! More coffee and positive talk with good people will help you.
  • Automation tools: These are designed to save you time. Have you looked at your accounting software? Is there a better version other there? It will take time to research but it may save you time in the long run. Xero is impressive accounting software and is mobile friendly. If you are a service provider perhaps it is worth looking at ServiceM8. This software can guide users through job quotes, maintenance check lists and can incorporate your invoicing. Technology is more intelligent than ever - use it to your advantage.
  • Use Lynda.com: Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, members have access to the Lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. Now part of Linked In, Lynda.com serves more than 10,000 organizations.

These are just a few tools that you can use to assist with your journey. Remember to enjoy the process and if there is anything that we can assist you with, just get in touch.