A Day In The Life Of A Small Business Owner May 24, 2019 00:00
It’s really hard to get things done when you work from home. It’s so easy to be distracted by silly things, like a game of catch with your dog or staying in bed a little longer than you should.
I’ve learnt I need to structure my day in a way that is flexible, but still productive, covering all the bases that need covering. I outsource a lot of work, but much of the business I take care of myself, as most small business owners do.
This is what a day in my life looks like.
I try to wake up at 6 in the morning, but in reality I usually snooze until around 06:30 and then go meditate or read something uplifting if I’m particularly anxious that day.
I catch up on my business social media posts and comments, and draw up a to-do list for the day.
I get straight back into bed with a cup of tea. The light in my room is so lovely in Winter, and it’s just perfect for reading a few chapters of my book.
I have breakfast and get ready for the day. I generally have very long days that stretch until 21:00 at night so it takes me a while to figure out the most logical way to dress for the day.
I take my beloved Coco for a walk, either around the neighbourhood, or once a week, we drive to a big park like Emmarenta or Delta. This is one of my happiest times of day.
I catch up on admin like emails, payments, blogging and invoices. This is also the time I package online orders and arrange my courier.
If I have errands to run (and who doesn’t have errands to run??) I do this before lunch. Fabric and trim shopping, delivery to my manufacturer, groceries…anything away from home gets done in this time slot.
Home for lunch and by this stage I’m usually quite starving. While I eat, I watch some YouTube videos – usually a Ted Talk – or listen to a podcast.
Finally my creative time! Now I get to design, plan and sew to my heart’s content.
I teach several different dance classes per week, so I usually spend some time choreographing a routine.
Final cup of tea for the day and then get ready for evening classes.
I’m either attending or teaching a dance class which is my greatest joy. Even though the classes are late, I always feel happy and energized afterwards.
I try to get into bed at 22:30 but sleep is usually still some ways off. I’ll watch some Netflix or ready a bit until it’s light’s out.
Images by Peter Driessel Photography.