How to have a successful cookie biz-8 Tips!

I posted this as a reel on IG this week. It was targeted to cookiers and home bakers, which is the industry I worked in, but the concepts apply to ANYONE who runs their own biz.

  1. Know your workload- figure take stock of all your tasks and then figure out how much time tasks take you. This one is fairly easy but takes time and observation to gather the data you need. Also, after you list out ALL your responsibilities, give yourself a giant pat on the back and acknowledge all your hard work.

  2. Establish a Routine-I like the word routine because it offers more flexibility than schedule. Schedules can be the death of creativity and box you in in a life sucking way. A routine offers order while allowing you to be adaptable and flexible, two characteristics necessary for sustainability.

  3. Ask for Advice-No one expects you to have this whole business things figured out when you start. Asking for advice takes a bit of humility (admitting you don't know it all) and bravery asking for advice can feel intimidating. Do it anyway. You'll thank yourself and maybe make a new friend.

  4. Set Limits- Whether you work full or part time, our work can tend to take over all our time and physical/mental energy unless we set some clear limits. Setting limits can look like a lot of different things as each person's need are unique. It can include specific workdays, work hours, pickups and deliveries times, parameters around social media, checking your email, etc. Make an effort to turn your business OFF at sometime during the day.

  5. Practice Saying No- You don't have to say yes to every opportunity, not even when you're starting out. Listen I get it; Saying no is hard because we think we're disappointing people, they'll be mad at us, never want to do business with us again or worse. But, if the opportunity doesn't align with our goals and values, it's a no. Saying yes all the time is a fast track to being resentful and exhausted.

  6. Delegate Tasks-You can't do it all. You were never made to, and I hate that this is the expectation for solopreneurs, creatives, makers, bakers and even homemakers. You do not have endless time or energy, and rest is what will help you to keep going. After you write out all your roles, tasks, and responsibilities (see number 1), take a look at it to see what you can let go of or hire someone else to take care of. Perhaps its packaging, running errands, hiring a few hours of childcare, or some other task that you can train someone else to do.

  7. Plan Time Off- You will run out of gas if you don't refill the tank. I strongly urge creatives to take at least 2 days off a week. No, you do not check and respond to your email. No, you don't surf social media. No, you don't organize the things. No, you don't plan what you're going to do next week, or next month. You don't shop for supplies. I know that's a hard assignment bc it feels like closing all the open tabs running in your brain. I urge you to give it a try. Those tabs will still be open when you come back, better and well rested to tackle the work.

  8. Know your Priorities- Not everything can be a priority. Not everything can be urgent. I often help women prioritize all the things in their life. We're complicated. We take care of a lot of people, wear multiple hats and assume different roles. If you don't know what your priorities are, there's a good chance you're going to get burned out, be unhappy, unfulfilled and resentful. If you're stuck here, send me a message. This is one of my favorite areas to help women in!

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