As a small business owner, you may find yourself struggling with finding ways to utilize your time to take your business to the next level. Between juggling endless tasks with employees and clients, to keeping track of every other thing on your never-ending to-do list—how can you find ways to still manage and balance it all while leveling up your business during COVID-19?
Effectively managing your time is one of the most important skills you can possess as a small business owner. If you’re constantly feeling like there just aren’t enough hours in the day, and you’re trying to find ways to make sure you effectively utilize your time while leveling up, then we’ve got you covered with a five step guide mapping out how women of color can take their business to the next level in the time of COVID-19.
How Women of Color Can Take Their Business to the Next Level in the Time of COVID-19
Step 1: Plan Ahead
Learning how to plan ahead during these unprecedented times is essential to taking your business to the next level. Currently, many businesses are in an extremely unusual state, and this is the time to take action and rework your initial plan. Ask yourself the following questions:
- How would I restructure my day?
- What would I do differently each day?
- What are my long/short term business goals?
Step 2: Prioritize the things that are important to your business first
As a woman of color, these are the key things that will help take your business to the next level. What are the main factors that help keep your business afloat? Is it the employees? Your target audience? Your marketing approach? Whatever it is that you deem as important for your business, make sure you continue to prioritize those things first, as they will be the building blocks to help you continue to level up during this time.
Step 3: Determine what funding opportunities are readily available to you
Funding for your business is so essential during this time. As a part of their #BusinessForAll initiative and commitment to support the New Majority, Hello Alice has a Black Business Resource Center and a Hispanic Business Center where you can apply for their $10,000 Business For All grants, as well as gain access to invaluable resources and mentors.
Step 4: Figure out how you are sufficiently utilizing business resources
As a small business owner, utilizing the resources that are readily available to help take your business to the next level is vital in this time. Boss Women Media offers a community of like-minded women (Boss Connectors) with the necessary tools, guides and advice to take your business to the next level. Along with Boss Connectors, Hello Alice also provides business owners with funding, guides and mentors to support you along your business journey—all for free! Now more than ever, you should be taking advantage of these resources to help take your business to the next level.
Step 5: Create a workable plan
As you begin to plan ahead and prioritize, make sure you create a workable plan— one that is both attainable and realistic. Think about all of the necessary steps and requirements it takes to level up your business during this time and put those steps into action.
Download this 5-Step Guide For Mapping Out How Women of Color Can Take Their Business to the Next Level in the Time of COVID-19 Presented by Hello Alice and Boss Women Media.
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