The first thing you need to do is work out where and when you will be working. You don’t need a lot of space, everything could be done from a laptop or even a tablet, but it’s easier in my opinion to have a fixed work station so you can add external drives and other peripheries.
When you first start working for yourself, you will probably discover that, unless you lay down the rules, other people won’t respect your working time. That applies to partners, (and ex partners) children, and friends. Because you are free to choose your hours, others tend to think that they can impose on you anytime.
If you are unlucky enough to have a partner that assumes you are free to run errands any time they want, if you can’t get them to accept that your working hours are sacrosanct, then if you want to be successful you need to find a new partner.
Often if you work for yourself it comes down to a choice between your business and your marriage. You must have your other half’s support and blessing or you are better just staying in a job if you want to stay with that person.
If you are just starting out I would strongly recommend that you allocate the times you will be working on a calendar.
Just doing that one simple thing will make you much more motivated and likely to take your endeavour seriously.
The next step is to organise your computer. Without a doubt the best tool for that is the IM-index.
One of the biggest causes of disorganization for internet marketers is managing information from multiple projects.
This causes three problems:
1. The first problem is simply knowing what information to store for a project, and how best to organize it.
2. The next is having the discipline to define a “project folder structure” that you can re-use every time you start a new project.
3. The third problem comes when you realise that some information is common to all projects.
IM Index solves all that. You can get a set of folders free but if your budget will stretch to it, it’s well worth getting the mind map version. It not only helps organise everything but it soon gets you into the habit of keeping proper records.
Each section opens out to reveal all the categories and in itself is like an aide memoir of what you need to do.
Now that you have your workflow organised it’s time to get to work on yourself. Without a doubt this business is all about mindset. Nowadays nobody thinks it at all unusual for top athletes to have psychological coaches and it is becoming more common in business as well but there is still a huge number of people that view it as new age mumbo jumbo.
Let me tell you, there is nothing further from the truth. I will be going into that further in my next post.