Have you taken on the stress of a whole company as a solopreneur? If the answer is yes, then you have your work cut out for you. Now, whether you are outsourcing a lot of your work or whether you’re just so hands-on you can’t stand the idea of another person touching your projects, you are going to need some key business amenities and resources to keep your one-man or woman show running smoothly and successfully!
Here are 5 resources to help you stay on the go and handle any business that comes your way:
1. The Cloud
Whether you choose to use Google Drive or some other virtual cloud, this is vital to having access on the go, no matter where you are. When it’s just you, you have to be able to work from anywhere, at any time. Having a cloud dedicated to your business documents centralizes everything you need into one spot. This helps you run your business more effectively and in a more organized manner. And it allows you to take your reliance off of electronic devices like tablets and computers that might get lost, stolen, or damaged.
2. Money Management System
No matter what kind of work you’re doing, you have to have a way to keep track of your finances and make it simple and easy for your customers to pay you. This will usually evolve as your business grows, but starting with a bank account solely for your business is a start, and making use of payment services like Paypal or Quickbooks can definitely ease your payment process and business expenses.
3. Project Management
Staying productive, even in a creative business, is key to keeping your clients coming back for more. So having a process for staying on top of tasks will allow smoother managements of your to-do's in order of importance and urgency. A project management system like Basecamp can be key to keeping you on the right track, and even communicating with clients in a centralized location.
4. Networking Opportunities
No matter what type of business you're running, you have to find a way to connect with clients, especially if you want to see your business continue to grow. Finding some resources like SCORE or networking events for people of similar interests as you can really help increase your business network and your business resources. The more you put yourself out there, the more work will come your way!
5. Virtual Office
When working alone, it can be tough to maintain credibility, especially with limited resources. And when its just you, it can be extravagant and unnecessary to maintain full time office space. A virtual office can help strike a balance between these two dilemmas. And depending on the type of agreement you have, you can even use a day office occasionally, or meeting rooms if needed when you have a client to impress.
Utilizing the latest in technology can provide you with the resources you need as a solopreneur. Having your very own business can seem overwhelming at first, but exploring the options can help you strategize the best way to keep your business running smoothly and maintain your productivity.