Do you find it difficult staying focused with all of the jobs that you have to get done for your art business at home? Are you finding it too easy to put certain tasks on the back burner? Do you find yourself doing things around the house that have nothing to do with your business workday? In this article, I would like to share with you how you can make more money from your art business at home.
How To Make More Money From Your Art Business at Home
You must have heard the old saying, “Time is money.” When you are running a business, these three word means so much.
Your time is valuable! Time is money!
Even though you know that your time is valuable, why do you find it so easy to do other things that will not benefit your business?
If you had an office job, you would get all of the jobs completed that was required. If you didn’t, you know that you could be replaced by someone that would do the job.it easy to say, “I’m not going to do that today.” ?
It is easy to say, “I’m not going to do that today.”
The solution is simple. Planning!
Planning is profitable if you do it properly.
Having an art business at home is many artists’ dream. You can be successful, and you will be if you learn how to schedule your day.
The first step to making your art business more profitable is by having a plan. When you have a plan, you will be able to get our jobs done more efficiently. You will reduce stress. You will lessen the risk of forgetting something that is important. Your plan will make your time more profitable.
It will take time for you to figure out what will work best for your schedule. Every situation is different. You will want to start off with these tips. After you have tried them, assess the outcome. Fine tune them until they are perfect for you and your business.
Every successful entrepreneur starts their day with a list of what needs to get done. You should do the same.
- Your to-do-list will keep you focused and on track for what is important.
- Your list will save time because you will not have to sit there and think about what you need to do next.
- It is easier to put things off if they are not written down.
- It is motivating when you cross off a task that has been completed.
- You will know what you will need to get done the next day if you were not able to accomplish the list.
Once you can see what needs to get done from your to-do-list, you will be able to schedule the tasks in the most productive order. The longer that you use the to-do-list, the more efficient you will become. You will start to save a few minutes here and a few minutes there. The more that you can get done in the least amount of time, the more valuable your time is.
What are you going to do with the extra time that you saved at the end of the week? Are you going to enjoy more family time, read a book, or take a day trip to the beach? You will find it very rewarding at the end of the week knowing that you achieved everything that needed to be accomplished.
You will have the weekend to recharge your batteries, and you will be ready to go full force at the beginning of the week.
Assess your schedule
Everyone is different and will be more productive at different times of the day. You will be the only one that will be able to decide on what will work best for you.
Even a simple task change could save you some valuable time. For example, if you try to respond to emails early in the morning when your head is foggy it will take you longer than if you did it when your mind was sharp. Find what works best for you and do it.
If you could shave off 10 minutes a day that would almost add up to an hour, you saved for the week. What would you like to do for an hour if you had the extra time?
Continue to try different ideas until you find what works best for you.
After a few weeks of working and assessing your to-do-list, you will start to see things that are done every day, every other day or even once a week. Take some time and start creating a weekly to-do list.
After you have everything on paper, start writing a schedule for the week.
For example, social media marketing is a daily chore. If you schedule posts for the week in one day, you will save so much time rather than signing on to every social media account daily.
Shipping your artwork could be done once a week.
Writing posts for your artist blog could be done in one day for the week.
There are many different ways that you can get things done. The best way is when everything gets done, and you have extra time to spare at the end week.
It might seem like you will be wasting time if you take breaks and have lunch. The truth of the matter is, you will be more productive in the day. If you are more productive, you will accomplish more during the work day.
Schedule in a ten or fifteen-minute coffee break, lunch, and a 10-minute break towards the end of the day. Ten or fifteen minutes does not seem like a lot of time. If you sit down and enjoy a coffee for that allowed time, you will be able to clear your mind and assess what needs to be finished for the rest of the day.
When it is time for you to get back to work, you will be motivated and focused.
Food is fuel. You need to fuel your body for it to perform correctly. Have a healthy lunch and refocus for the end of your day.
Having a plan, knowing the plan, and acting on the plan will bring success in everything that you do.
Note: Be careful on your breaks, you could easily find yourself spending more time on your breaks than you would like. I recommend setting a timer.
Your time is valuable. Make the most out of every minute of your day.
I challenge you to start your daily to-do-list today.
After one week, start planning your weekly to-do-list.
After one month of assessing and revising your schedule, I would love to hear back from you. Let me know how much time that you saved during the week.
I want to know how much you love having an art business at home.
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