Summer shouldn’t be all about slacking off on your online home business. Even if it’s a slow time for your business, there’s still a lot of work to do. Don’t take the entire summer as a vacation (take some vacation time if you can) – take the time to get these important things done for your online home business this summer.
Slow times in business are a great time to think of more ways to get ahead. It’s a great way to shift your focus from what’s going wrong to what you can make better.
Take time for your family as well, of course. This is especially important when you have kids. Summer breaks are great for making memories as a family. Find that balance between improving your online home business and enjoying the summer with your family.
1. Review Your Progress So Far This Year
It’s the middle of the year and a great time to see how much progress you’ve made on your goals for the year. Are you ahead, behind or right on schedule? What’s not working out? What is?
Progress toward goals rarely goes smoothly. Sometimes you’ll shoot far ahead of where you thought you’d be. Other times you’ll fall short.
Don’t let these ups and downs trap you. You can’t assume that things will always go as smoothly as when they’re at their best. You certainly can’t assume that they’ll continue at their worst.
2. Plan For The Second Half Of The Year
Now that you know where you are, where are you going? Look at what you had planned already, and decide if that’s still the goal. What has come up to change things? How will you change them?
In particular, this is a great time to think about how you’ll handle the Christmas season. It’s not too early. Make plans for product promotions, guides you want to write, and so forth.
The back to school season should also be considered, if you haven’t done so already. This may relate to your family if you have kids in school as well as your online home business. Plan ahead so you don’t have to rush around right as school starts.
3. Catch Up
We all run behind on things – paperwork, emails, writing, etc. Be honest with yourself and find the things you’re behind on, then work on catching up.
For example, I just cleaned out my email inbox. It takes a little while to figure out how to do this efficiently each time, but it feels so nice to get the clutter out of there. It helps that I use a lot of filters on my email, so some categories can simply be deleted after no more than a glance.
Ideally, you should think about ways to avoid falling behind on these things again as well. It won’t always work out that way, but try.
4. Get Ahead
What can you work on ahead of time? This is especially helpful if you’re planning a vacation. You can keep things running while you’re away.
Blog posts, in particular, are easy to write ahead. WordPress allows you to schedule your posts easily, which is a huge help. When I go on vacation, I try to have my blogging already done, so I don’t have to check on things often.
It may mean some late nights when you’re trying to get ahead for a vacation, but it’s worth it.
You can also get ahead on your social media. There are tools that allow you to schedule your social media posts. You won’t be as responsive if you don’t pay attention to the things you schedule, but sometimes it’s nice to not have to stress over these things for a while.
Just one word of warning – be prepared to reschedule social media posts if real world events make anything inappropriate. Sometimes a scheduled post will come off as insensitive to something that just happened, even though it’s just fine any other time.
5. Train Some Help
Have you been considering hiring a virtual assistant? Summer could be the perfect time to do so. If you have some extra time right now, why not use it to make your work life a little easier?
Easy places to find virtual assistants include Fiverr and Upwork. There are sites that focus on such services as well. Start out with something relatively easy to get a feel for how the person you try works. Build your way up to the amount of work you need help with.
A virtual assistant may sound expensive, but if you do it right, you’ll earn more than it costs. They will let you focus on other things to build your online home business this summer and any other time. In the long run, that’s what you need to do.
6. Take A Break, But Don’t Slack Off Too Much
Just because summer is a wonderful time for a vacation doesn’t mean you have to take all of it off. Take the time your family needs, but make sure they understand that you need to work sometimes. A productive summer can put you ahead of the competition in the fall.
This isn’t always easy. Your family may have their own ideas as to what they want from you over the summer. Kids may hear from friends about all the neat things they’re doing, and be jealous. If you’re married, your spouse may have plans of their own.
Balancing it all can be tough.
Make a list of the things you need to get done and prioritize them. Make a schedule that takes the fun things you want to do into consideration. This way, you and your family have a plan and know what’s expected. Having a schedule is a big help when figuring out if you have extra time for slacking off or if you need to push yourself a little harder to get your work done over the some.