The BEST thing about being in business for yourself is you don’t have a boss and you can’t get fired.  The WORST thing about being in business for yourself CAN also be that you don’t have a boss and you can’t get fired.

One of the biggest challenges business owners face is time management.  It sounds easy, but time management can challenging when you’re in business for yourself.  It all starts with a good DMO or Daily Method of Operation.

There are many things I could share about practices and techniques that will help you be successful as a business owner, but the most important one to me is planning your day.

Each evening do the following:

  • Make a list of the things you need to accomplish the next day.
  • The next morning you review your list and prioritize it.
  • The most important thing you need to do is first on the list down to the least important.

As you work through your day your list may need to be adjusted, but this list will keep you on track.

At the end of the day do the following:

  • Review your list to see that each of your top priority goals was accomplished
  • Any items left on the list should be transferred to the next day’s list
  • Create your list for the next day

It’s easy to get sidetracked with “tasks” that do not produce revenue and improve your bottom line.  Arranging your office or cleaning your desk may seem like a priority, but often it is a distraction.

It takes discipline to stay on track and move forward.  But the rewards will be a successful and profitable company.

This blog is courtesy of Spark & Hustle local sponsor Cookie Advantage.  In 1998, Kim Carns and her husband Duane founded Cookie Advantage, a customer follow-up company. Cookie Advantage is a creative “Customer Care Follow Up Program” we designed to help businesses develop a relationship with their customers by sending a “Customized Gift Tin” full of delicious “made from scratch” chocolate chip cookies as a way to say “Thank You and to offer an individual message or a survey. We have a 60 – 80 percent return rate on our surveys and we help businesses gain both repeat and referral customers.