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2017 had been a great year, my first year in business to be exact, and amongst the many lessons I got, one is resonating with me as we venture into 2018. Things in life and business are not always EASY, but they are SIMPLE.

I spent the first half of the year coming up with big ideas for my business rather than working on the things that would make a difference in my day-to-day. I didn’t focus on the things that would make my life simpler and instead paid attention to things that were not yielding any results.

Here are the things I discovered I needed to focus on:

1. Systems, systems, systems:

It takes a little while, but you want to make sure you know how things work in your business. Document your procedures, take some time to think what are the steps required to get the job done.

2. Edit those systems through automation:

After you are done documenting your procedures, go back in and make them simpler by inserting technology. What apps, software, or templates can save you time every day? Trust me; there is an option for every budget.

3. Identify your zone of genius:

Once you have created your systems, you will know the things you love and hate to do, everything you are not passionate about or excellent at, needs to be delegated with time. I’m not saying, hire a full-time assistant if you can’t afford one, but you can start making plans for the future or start delegating ONE thing at a time. Trust me; this will make you happier and more productive.

4. Don’t waste time on the fluff:

You do you and what works best for your business. I’ll tell you what this means with a little personal anecdote.

On June 2017 I found myself at an important meeting, making scheduling decisions for an event when I realized I forgot my big *ss planner at home. I gave the person some dates I thought might work and went home to realize that none of them were good.

My planner was adorable and complete with all the motivation I needed to get things done, but I never felt motivated to carry two pounds of paper around. After that meeting, I decided that no matter how pretty the freaking planner was, I needed to make some changes, and I decided to move everything to my phone calendar and call it a day.

Granted, it was a tough adjustment, since I love paper and writing and pretty things, so I had to find a compromise, my design team was kind enough to create two beautiful calendars I could download and print at my convenience. I’ve decided to share those with women like me who want to downsize their organizing. Check it out HERE

5. Investing is necessary for growth:

The scheduling system, the design team, the assistant, the coaching program; all of those things didn’t exist at the beginning of the year. I thought I needed to save my pennies, but it wasn’t until I started investing y myself and my business that people began investing in themselves with me.

6. We can’t do it alone:

One of the best investments of this year? My FemCity Membership, why? because it allows me to not navigate this world alone; along with coaching, and books, this community has given me the perfect platform to test drive my ideas and to grow my business tenfold. So if you are still on the fence about joining… DON’T!

Those are my two cents in the first year of business thing, I hope it is of service.

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  • Marge Dorsa / 4 December 2017 6:56

    I couldn’t agree more, Annie. Process and procedures help me to scale and grow my business. Building teams brings expertise in areas I don’t have and where I want or need to delegate. Thanks for sharing your journey. Happy Holidays!

    • Annie Woods / 5 December 2017 2:54

      It takes a while to get this when you’re in the stubborn “I got this” phase… I am so happy I decided to be humble about my business.

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