One of the most daunting aspects of working as a solopreneur can often be the prospect of being completely independent. As you begin to take on the challenges of solopreneurship, you will begin to learn about all the trials and tribulations of relying on nobody but yourself for all of your day-to-day operations.
One reason that managing daily tasks can be so tricky as a solopreneur is that suddenly you become fully responsible for managing your own schedule, with no oversight from a boss or superior. At first, you’ll realize that there are many parts of running your own business that you weren’t aware of, but these will become a habit over the years, though a little research is always worthwhile.
As a solopreneur, you’ll also be responsible for your own brand identity and this can be challenging for a number of reasons.
When it comes to carrying out the work that you’re paid for—aside from all the side duties that come with it—you need to learn about setting priorities. When juggling a busy schedule, you’ll need to learn to flick between tabs in your mind for different jobs and different clients throughout the day. And if you’re going to keep clients satisfied, then you’ll need to find ways to prioritize your workload.
One of my favourite solutions to managing workloads is the to-do list. The process of writing a list helps to provide order to your day, and they also show a tangible workload. It’s also incredibly rewarding to tick off completed tasks throughout the day, and in doing so it helps for motivation too! There are some really great to-do list apps out there, so be sure to check those out, but paper lists are just as great in our opinion.
You’ll also need the determination to strive to improve continuously at your trade. Depending on your profession this might mean making investments, or taking courses, but most generally what it will mean is continually practising. As a solopreneur, each job you take on is your opportunity to fly or fall, and your customer reviews can make or break a small business enterprise.
Rod Pancine is the CEO of KIAI Agency Inc. With over 10 years of experience in project management and a Master’s degree in Business, Rod has been our key factor to understand marketing trends, scenarios and audience behaviors, guiding our clients to make the best decisions for their businesses. He’s also a web designer, filmmaker, and music producer.