Get to know me a little bit better…
“Won’t systems stifle my creativity?” and other FAQs
I’m Clarissa, a solopreneur project manager who had to figure out how to run my own online business from home a few years before it became Covid-normal.
An architectural technician for just under 10 years, I decided to change careers for my health and started freelancing as a virtual assistant slash project manager.
My first few clients all happened to be solopreneur and micro-team online course creators, which is when I realized just how much my technical background – project management, systems, and processes – is of use in this part of online business.
Fast forward 4 years, and I’m still helping solo and global micro team business owners to streamline the behind-the-scenes of their businesses so that they have more time to do what they really want to: help their own clients get amazing results, build their businesses, and spend more time at home with family.
This is the place for solopreneur and micro team online business owners who want to simplify and streamline their day-to-day operations. If you want to get your team doing tasks with consistency, or just want to simplify your own business task to-do list, you’ll find the training and resources you’ll need right here.
Building an online business takes effort. By making smart decisions and putting your effort towards the right things – over time – you will save time, money, and your sanity.
Well, the neighbourhood kids sure think so! Hubby and I have two German Shepherds. The white one is called Midnight and the black one is called Ghost. You be the judge 😉
Their personalities are wildly different, but like a PB&J, it works!
As a side note: I don’t really care for peanut butter, but I can do a PB&J… and these dogs definitely own my heart!
Even though we don’t realize it, we have our systems in place already in our business and even our personal lives!
For example, every morning my husband and I would chat about what to have for supper that evening. I’d then check my family recipe book to make sure we have all the ingredients at home already, then I’d thaw out whichever protein was needed for supper. When he got home, I’d end my own workday and start cooking.
This was an incredibly inefficient “supper system” but it’s a system nevertheless.
Every supper went through the exact same thought process and motions to get from idea to meal-on-a-plate.
Every morning started with the dreaded decision of what to eat that night – it was exhausting me before I even started my day! #decisionfatigue
Incidentally, it’s also what inspired me to systematize our meal planning decision-making process. Not only did it de-stress our mornings but I also freed up so much more mental energy to make decisions, problem-solve and be creative in the mornings with work-related tasks!
The system had us eating meals we haven’t thought of making for ages, AND it enhanced my creativity for work too!
In much the same way, you’re already running your business with systems that you may not even realize. Some of those systems will most definitely have room for improvement. The improvements may save you time, it may save you money, or it may save you the hassle and mental energy of having to do the darn thing yourself in the first place.
After my health-motivated career switch, I was adamant that I would only work with a handful of clients at a time, through either ongoing arrangements or one-time projects, and not overcommit myself.
By delivering quality service and results to my clients, I was fortunate to have plenty of word-of-mouth referrals to keep my calendar full.
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