Ep 052: The #1 Mistake That Will Keep You Self Employed

Mar 07, 2021

What do you want to start a business for? Or what did you start a business for? That is the question. And we are going to discuss how you can make sure you get exactly what you want when starting a business without getting distracted. So, today I want to talk about that I see so many entrepreneurs make, and it’s something that might go against everything you built this business for, which if you’re anything like me and you already know what I’m about to say, because this is the Mom’s Freedom Maker podcst.

A lot of us start businesses for freedom. Right. We want time freedom. We want financial freedom and we want to take back absolute control of our life. So a common mistake most entrepreneurs make is they continue repeating the same processes over and over again, inside of their business, instead of building systems and automations that allow them to scale.

And what this means for you is that you’re going to end up spending more time working in your business instead of staying in your lane and doing profit-generating activities, because you’re having to go back and repeat these repetitive tasks again and again. So you end up spending so much time working behind the scenes, doing admin tasks, and in reality, wasting time, because you could have just sat down and created these systems from the beginning that allow you. to streamline things. So it means you’re going to have problems growing in the future because you don’t have systems set up to scale and you continuously have to spend the time doing things again and again. So while you’re spending this time working, you’re going to start to feel that sense of. Burnout and not see results as quickly as you should, because you’re just overwhelmed with all the low-level to do’s that you have to continuously be doing.

And I find that a lot of people think they actually need to hire a team in order to hire a team to outsource these things, but in reality, that’s just not true because in this day and age with all of the modern technology, there is plenty on the internet resource wise that can help you create systems and automations within your business so that you can stay a solo entrepreneur if you want.

Here’s something to note. Most entrepreneurs stay busy and I wish you could see me right now because I’m putting busy in quotes right now. And they don’t focus on staying productive by utilizing systems and by creating automations in your business, you’re going to be able to ensure that you’re staying productive and not just busy.

Okay. Staying busy is the ultimate failure as an entrepreneur because you’re not able to grow your business when you’re able to show up every single day and stay productive, keep doing things that actually move the needle. That’s where you’re going to see the most growth in your business. So let’s go ahead and take a peek at a self-employed hamster wheel.

Let me just paint this picture for you. You overwhelm yourself with busy work. You have low impact because you’re so busy, therefore you have no freedom because you’re bombarding yourself with all of these low level activities, which leads to burnout. And you’re wondering what you did all this for. And this cycle just continues and continues.

And most entrepreneurs don’t actually, they don’t stop. They continue on the self-employed hamster wheel of doing busy work for low impact. They have no freedom and they burn out. Okay. And before they realize it, they are now self-employed working 80 hours a week for themselves to avoid 40 hours a week for somebody else they’re overworked and underpaid.

And that is entrepreneurship. My friends, if you don’t get off this self-employed hamster wheel and what really happens right. As you do tedious repetitive tasks again and again, because you don’t have a system in place. Your impact decreases because you’re doing busy work. You think that you need to keep doing these things because if you don’t.

Who will, right? You don’t have a team doing these things for you, and then you burn out and stop doing things until altogether your business starts to suffer because you’re just dropping the ball because these are things that you are actually passionate about, obviously. Right? You can’t do it all. You can’t be passionate about it all and that’s totally okay.

And I think that’s another thing entrepreneurs need to understand is that it’s okay to not do everything you guys, if, if you were hired by a company I’ve talked about this before, but they wouldn’t hire you to do everything.

So you, in no way, shape or form are supposed to do everything inside of your business, unless that’s your goal to be a mom and pop business, which were a lot of you listening. That’s not what we want.

We’re building this business for freedom, meaning we need to set ourselves free from this tedious BS as soon as possible. Let me paint you a picture. If you guys have systems in place to make admin work and other repetitive tasks, easy, you understand what your business needs and where you should be showing up to actually move the needle.

You have automation in place that solves problems in your business and makes things run smoothly. And you turn your business into a machine. Makes scaling simple. So your business will no longer bog you down with tasks that pull you out of your zone of genius. You guys are going to start to feel relaxed when you’re not working because your business is working for you.

Hands up right now, virtual hands up. How many of you have been relaxing on your day off or in my case, hanging out at the beach with my family or on a walk through the park. And you’re just kind of feeling bad because you’re not where you want to be in your business. And you know that it’s not working without you like hands up.

I guarantee you, everybody listening to me has felt this way before. And that’s because as entrepreneurs we have that I’m like chasing the carrot syndrome. Right. We have this carrot dangling in front of our noses and we’re always trying to get it. AKA, our job is never done. We’re always finding new mountains to climb.

We’re always finding new things and new big dreams to chase after that’s the beauty of being an entrepreneur. But on the other side of that, the backside that’s not as beautiful is the fact that it makes it. So it’s very hard to shut it off. So when you have systems and automation in your business, you can learn to shut it off.

That is the beautiful thing. So whether or not you have a team beneath you, you’re no longer doing things on your own. Remember you guys, you did not start this business to sit behind your computer screen all day long and do admin tasks. You started this business to have impact. You want freedom to live life on your terms in income to create the lifestyle that you want.

Newsflash, you do not need a large team to make this happen. All you need is to figure out your systems and your automation. So wherever your business is. Okay, let’s say you are caught in the trenches working eight to 12 hours a day on your business. There is another side for you. There is that freedom aspect, and I’m going to share with you a few tools that I recommend and that I use in my business.

And if you’re not already a member of my Facebook group or follow me on Instagram, definitely search for me, Jamie Kullman, and join the feel free to make her try, because I do post more strategy type of things within there, which will show you more of the backend of these systems and how I set them up in my business.

So, like I said, that is the freedom maker tribe on Facebook. And then on my Instagram, Jamie Coleman definitely pop in there and join the tribe. I will share more insights into this, but I love using a sauna. A sauna is a huge, powerful tool for my business and. It really helps you keep yourself organized.

I find as an entrepreneur, we get all of these ideas and we have so many moving parts in our business. Sometimes it’s really hard to stay focused and realized where you are in the creative process. Especially if you do a lot of content creation such as myself. I mean, it’s an excellent, excellent resource to keep you out of your own way and keep everything on paper.

If you use the paper method I’ve been there. I don’t know if I have OCD. Maybe it’s like undiagnosed OCD because if I ever scribble anything out on this paper or make a mistake, no joke. You guys, I will take an additional 10 or 15 minutes legitimately just to redo it. It’s like the most ridiculous thing.

Does anybody else do this? No, just me. Okay. Well, I don’t do it anymore. I literally just use a pen and paper when I journal, but I use Asana and Asana is my business BFF, and I’m sure it will be yours as well. So definitely hop on that. Another resource is Trello. I will tell you, the reason I chose Asana is because you can like bold things and highlight things and cross things out within your boards. And so that was kind of a deal-breaker for me. I love being super organized with text and stuff, especially for the content that I’m creating. So that’s why I chose Asana over Trello. If you’re kind of teetering back and forth. I did go with. Asana for that reason. It’s very helpful if you guys have a team as well, even if it’s just one virtual assistant working underneath you, you can assign different tasks to them.

And then mark them complete. When they’re done. I actually use a checkmark system and it’s so helpful just to see where you are in the creative process. So that’s one little hack for you guys is utilizing Asana. And one more system you could incorporate into your business is. Air table, have you guys heard of air table before just started using it recently?

And I use it for say guest podcasting. I keep a list of all of the leads for people who want to be on their show. And I also have a list of, you know, shows that I want to be a part of. So if you’re looking for guests and you have your own podcast feel free to send me a message on my Instagram as well.

I’m always looking to share this message with the world. But air table’s great for capturing leads. So if you have a business and you are operating with clients, air tables, and an excellent place, just to keep yourself organized, you can also keep track of content creation in the air table as well. So pop on over to the air table and give them a shot as well.

This is not an affiliate, an affiliate marketing scheme of mine. This is has nothing to do with that. These are legitimate tools that I use within my own business that I just wanted to share with you guys. To help you stay in your lane a little bit more and create systems that will help your business run smoother.

If you’re interested in learning more about systems and automations, or maybe you’re thinking, Oh, she is speaking my language, I’m feeling so overworked and overwhelmed in my business. I want to set myself free. You guys pop over to momsfreedommaker.com/masterclass start your business without getting on another sales call or overbooking yourself with more one-on-one clients. This training is going to teach you how to build a business that sets you free. You can learn how to start your business on a steady foundation or scale it quickly.

You’re going to discover three secrets that help you scale this freedom-based business without spending more time behind your screen. Secret number one, how to build a scalable business and find clarity for your digital product out of the gate. Even if you’ve never worked with clients. You’re also going to learn how to create time and financial freedom without having to learn tech or bring on a large team, even if you’re feeling bogged down, working inside your business.

And you’re also going to learn how to get the exact same clients from one-to-one to bring you income on autopilot instead of without learning how to drive traffic or spend money on ads. I’ll tell you right now between the amount of time I’ve spent learning these business strategies and the amount of money that I’ve invested into this training.

It’s in the six figures. You guys, it is. Nearly a hundred thousand dollars that I’ve spent figuring out these strategies. So take advantage of this training. If you have any issues with that link, send me a DM on Instagram and I will give you access to this training.

It is happening live and I cannot wait. I am so excited. This is something special that I’ve been working on for you guys. And there’s a couple of bonuses that you’re going to receive as well, just for attending. So pop on over there and let me know what you think in the next episode, we’re going to talk about how to scale your business without overbooking yourself with one-on-one clients and how to set yourself free from your business.

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