How to love your job + build a business

Whilst I quit my full-time job to start my business, it's not something I particularly advocate. I didn't have any savings to rely on so those first months were incredibly stressful as I dealt with the financial pressures that come with starting a new venture. 

For many entrepreneurs it is far more practical to continue in employment whilst building up a business. But whilst it helps to pay the bills, juggling a job and a fledgling business can be a stressful balancing act. 


Here's a few tips to help things flow smoothly... 

1. GET ORGANISED

This might seem kinda obvious but I think it is worth mentioning anyway. Holding down a job and doing all the tasks associated with starting a business is not an easy task, and is virtually impossible without proper organisation. 

Create a realistic timescale for launching your business, taking into account your other commitments. Set up a separate bank account, email address and calendar for your business and keep things separate from your day to day work.

Smartphones and tablets make everything accessible, so make use of lunch breaks to deal with business emails. just make sure it doesn't infringe on work time! 

2. SEEK OUT WAYS TO GET ADDED EXPERIENCE

Look to get as much value out of your employment as possible. A great way to do this is to identify any areas of your business where you need to brush up your skills, and seek out opportunities in your work to gain experience. Look for opportunities that will benefit both you and your boss and ask to be involved. 

3. GET SUPPORT

This is so important - often as entrepreneurs we think we need to do it all, but that only leads to burn out. Ask for support to make life easier, whether that means hiring a success coach, getting a cleaner or dog walker or asking for help with childcare. Identify where you can get some help and go for it. 

4. AUTOMATE WHERE YOU CAN

There are so many tasks that can be automated to make things a little easier. Although it initially takes some time to set up in the first place, having automated workflows really will save you heaps of time later. It also helps you feel like a professional! 

Some things that can be automated include: 

  • Linking your bank account to an accounting system such as Wave, means you don't need to manually input transactions
  • Setting up automated email workflows to attract potential clients and follow-up with them automatically
  • Use a service such as IFTT to automatically distribute your content across social media. (I use it to post all my Instagram pictures to Twitter and my Facebook Page)
  • Set aside an afternoon to write out multiple blog posts and then schedule them to post at a later date

5. PUT YOUR WELLBEING FIRST

The first months of setting up a business are exhilarating, terrifying and stressful. It's super important to make sure you are taking proper care of yourself during this time. Take the occasional day off to recuperate, build self-care into your schedule (even if it's only 10 minutes of Yoga or Meditation a day) and learn to recognise the signs of burn out. You and your business will thank you for it in the long run. 

Above all, remember that you can do this and you are right where you need to be!

I'd love to hear your experiences so please let me know in the comments below! 

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(This post originally appeared on gemmasands.co.uk)

Friday Flash Sale!

It's Friday and I'm feeling happy so the next 5 people to sign up to Flow and Flourish, will get it for the discounted price of just £20!! 

That's a huge saving of £55 so if you're interested in meditation, now is the time to grab your spot! 


Friday Feelings

Growing : Wildflowers in containers. I'm not exactly the most green-fingered person around so I'm pretty pleased they are actually growing. 

Reading: The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this but I love it! Full review coming soon.

Loving : This little bear, she might be the naughtiest dog in the world but I think she's also the cutest! 

Launching : Flow and Flourish, a 4 week guided journey into creating a meditation practice. Super excited about this, if you are interested in meditation do check it out. 


Things I have spotted elsewhere...

The lovely Eleanor wrote a post on the importance of having a daily creative ritual (with a free handy resource to get you started!). I start every morning with meditation, journalling and reading something inspirational and it makes such a difference to my day. 

Sticking with the theme of creativity, I loved this post from Lucy on finding creative inspiration.

This video from Gabby Bernstein has been keeping me inspired this week.  


It's a 3-day weekend here in the UK and I'm taking the whole weekend off (gasp!). As I shared in a recent post I've been feeling pretty worn out lately so I need to invest some time in self-care and rejuvenation. 

Have a great weekend my lovelies and I'll see you on Tuesday! 

Wild Spirit Spotlight : Ashley Taylor Yannello

I'm super excited today to introduce you to Ashley Taylor Yannello, a certified Wellness Life Coach, a Reiki Master, a celebration and ritual teacher, and a lifestyle connoisseur. 

1. Hi Ashley, it’s so great to have you on the blog today! Can you start by telling us a little bit about your business and how it came about? 

Hi,  it is such a pleasure to be here with you!

Sure, I started my personal spiritual journey seven years ago when I first discovered that deep within whisper that something was missing and that I knew I was here for something much bigger than I could even see.

I discovered the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and instantly it felt like the right fit. From there, I invested in my first mastermind which really started my entrepreneurial journey and my business and my blog was born. I have tried and dabbled in a variety of service offerings until this past year when something inside of me awoke. I am now the proud and awakened owner and founder of Let Your Soul Shine along with a membership community, The Soul Sister Society.

I am more than just your typical life coach. I am a SoulSpirit Guide. I blend all of my own life lessons and all of the great tools and teachings to be able to serve in a very authentic true capacity. I support women to really begin to celebrate their lives, find their own unique and individual rituals to find calm and balance throughout their day to day. A spiritual connection and rituals have helped me tremendously in being able to live my life and to feel balanced. I know how important it is and with all of my healing modalities (including being a Reiki Master, a crystal junkie, angel cards, meditation, yoga and more) I serve from a place of love and light.
 

2. Why do you do what you do? 

I do what I do because every bone in my body is a full bodied yes to showing up and serving. At the bottom of it all, I am here to inspire and lead as many people as I possibly can. I know how life can feel very hectic and how easy it is to feel the extreme highs and lows (hello rollercoaster!). I want women to feel secure in whom they are, now at this very present moment. I know in my heart how much my life has transformed over the years of doing this work and it brings me such joy and light to be able to witness, hold and support others on their own personal journey. Life is messy and I’ve been through the mud multiple times but I want women to know there is a light and they are safe and so very needed!

3. I’m a big advocate for finding your own brand of freedom - what does freedom mean to you? 


Freedom is a feeling of light bright white joyful energy. I always get the vision of birds flying freely over a beautiful body of water. Freedom is that knowingness that we are doing what we are here to do and the ability to go wherever we desire.

4. What gets you out of bed on a morning? 

Life and the possibility that lies ahead! Being alive, taking that first inhale and exhale upon waking. The very mere fact of being graced and gifted with another day to show up and serve.

5. How do you keep sane? Do you have any self-care practices you do regularly?

I have many! I am very much aware of my body and her needs. Just the other week, my body knew how badly I needed to cry. I have an uncanny connection to my body and I know when I need to slow down, rest or pick up speed and hustle.

I always purchase fresh flowers every week as nature is a huge practice of sanity for me. Long walking meditations in a local park to be with greenery and water. Kundalini yoga, meditation and journaling are huge parts of my self-care practice. I also am a huge lover of crystals and oils. Weekly dates with close soul sisters and also one day a week of absolutely nothing scheduled.

6. What 3 words would you use to describe yourself? 

Giving, Loving, Light

7. If you could offer one piece of advice to women looking to create their ideal life, what would it be? 

Let yourself feel into your soul, your body. Connect with her and see what you envision as your ideal life. Journals, vision board, tell a close friend. Start with getting clear today on what your ideal life actually looks and feels like! Don’t hold back at all. Truly visualize it all. Don’t gloss over the feelings you desire or even the smells and sounds. 

Thank you so much for sharing Ashley! 

Connect with Ashley here: 

Website :: Soul Sister Society