For Reverie Rendez-Vous this month we are having Ciara Miller of Pro-Visement share with us. She is an avid believer in pursuing your dreams and passions – in the right path for YOU, and today she’s sharing about the difference between a Passionpursuer™ and an entrepreneur and how they relate to each other. Have you been full of dreams but also of questions wondering what to do with them and how to go about answering the passion call in your heart? This article is just right for you!
Today it seems that being an entrepreneur is the “NEW black!” I mean, we would never think that just a few years ago, being an entrepreneur was the dreaded thing to do. Most people longed for security over stepping out on a limb and “gambling” their life’s savings on an innovative idea. Back then, it was more about getting an education that would hopefully be the key to your success. Most were going to school and praying to find a job that they could “settle down with”. How did you know you had found your “Career Charming™”? You would know because it was “tall, dark, and handsome”… It was the one that had health benefits, opportunities for growth and bonuses at the annual holiday party.
Now, entrepreneurship has come to an all time high! Everywhere we turn, everywhere we look, everywhere we “scroll”, there goes, another entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs are appearing and popping up everywhere! I would imagine that Santa makes his toys during the Autumn months and opens up his entrepreneur factory in the North Pole from Winter to Summer, or maybe all year round!
EVERYONE wants the life of entrepreneur, for what it seems. They desire a life like the one whose company has been successfully branded, business is BOOMING, and they are living life in control of their own schedule and paycheck! Their thoughts are like, “Yesss! I like that! Gimme that lifestyle!” *Lightbulb moment* “…I think I am going to become an entrepreneur!”
Entrepreneurship is way MORE than that! It takes hard WORK, it takes doing things even when you may not want to, sacrificing constantly, and being/becoming business savvy, to list a few… Entrepreneurship is more than a GREAT idea. Please, please, please do not step out to start a business with just an idea, or simply a hobby.
I so LOVE entrepreneurship, and I understand why it is necessary. Similar to fire, I see the need for it but, depending on the hands that it ends up in, it can go from creating warmth for your home and food for you family, to DESTROYING your home as you once knew it. Over time, I have learned that everyone is not graced to be an entrepreneur. I truly believe that everyone should be a Passionpursuer™ but, NOT everyone should be an entrepreneur, and it’s OK, it is really OK. Being an entrepreneur does not make your better than anyone, neither does not being an employee degrade your value.
The entrepreneur is the one with the vision who shakes up the ground and paves the way BUT, every entrepreneur needs help from those who have been desiring to work for the same purpose. It’s really ok to join in on someone’s vision that matches with your purpose! It’s doesn’t belittle you or make you less significant. Help is needed to make things happen! The undeniable truth is that the entrepreneur can not be as successful alone, or without the help of those who are also passionate about the vision. The entrepreneur needs the Passionpursuer™, who has been waiting to join forces with the right vision that aligns with their purpose.
I would love to encourage more people to step out on passionpreneurship™ rather than entrepreneurship. If passion pursuit leads to entrepreneurship, great, but at least you would know that you are on the right path rather than simply following the lead of others. Follow your passion whether it’s for a “successful” company with benefits or for yourself, but make the decision wisely.
Don’t be afraid to pursue your passions, your passion can inspire you to produce and passions CAN profit. You define your own success, you create your own fulfillment, you live you OWN life! You can live the life you want, whether you are an entrepreneur or an Passionpursuer™, but you will only live truly fulfilled if you operate in the role that is for YOU. Walk in your own size shoe!
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Published on March 8th, 2017 // BRANDING BRANDING 101 BRANDING BASICS BRANDING TIP BUSINESS BUSINESS OWNER CLIENT EXPERIENCE ENTREPRENEURSHIP GRAPHIC DESIGN INFOGRAPHIC MARKETING PERSONAL BRANDING SMALL BUSINESS STRATEGY
The concept of branding comes with its own share of confusion and misconceptions. Being what I do, I have found myself hesitating using the term fearing people would connect it to something else than what I was trying to express. Yes, I think it some cases it is that bad. I see it all the time and it’s understandable – why would we all know what everything means in this business world? For that reason I decided to create an infographic dispelling 10 myths about branding and providing the counter explanation of each confusion. If you have more questions concerning each myth/explanation regarding branding, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll gladly develop.
See infographic below for the clarifications:
Well, hello March! Is 2017 all kinds of wild for you as well? It’s been the hardest and the most fantastic all at once over here at Reverie Lane, haha… The key for success for me so far this year has been strategy and business management. The person who keeps my business mind sane through all that, is my wonderful business manager Cindy and I really wanted to make a point for you all to meet her. I know the title ‘business manager’ can come with some confusion, at least that’s how I felt when I was looking to hire someone to help with all the things, and I think Cindy is the best person to bring clarity and give you a general overview of what she does. I believe so many of us need a business manager without knowing it.
I’m a Pacific Northwest-raised girl living in the desert in Phoenix, with my husband and sweet little pup. I’m a lover of coffee, not for the caffeine but because I love the ritual of it. I’ve always got a candle burning, and if I could do anything all day long other than my work, I’d be either baking or learning photography. I thrive on building deep connections, and am discovering that I’m far more introverted than I realized.
I’ve been doing business management in some capacity for over 15 years. After building a business (in another industry) and running it by myself for 4 years in a sea of overwhelm and stress — I wanted to change how we (especially women) business owners experience entrepreneurship. I want others to know they don’t have to be in this thing alone! One thing I’m most passionate about is teaching boss ladies how to realistically manage their time and keep their sanity in the process.
I’m a business manager for creative and online entrepreneurs. My audience is female business owners, who have established businesses, but are still trying to do it all mostly by themselves. I help them reduce their workload and stress by taking over much of their back end business management, overseeing operations and team members, and creating systems to make their business more efficient.
I also do business audits to assess different aspects of the business and make recommendations for improvement and efficiency. This consulting service allows me to support and serve clients who either can’t afford to bring on an business manager, or simply want outside help to clean up + implement systems processes and client experience.
You will typically give a VA task-level things to do to get things off your plate, in specific areas of your business. There are so many options with VAs. You can hire someone who can do lots of different tasks, or one who specialize in certain pieces of day to day business activities. For example, you can hire a VA to schedule your social media content, or create your blog and social graphics, or manage your inbox and client inquiries, etc. There are truly so many things VAs can take off our plates! Depending on the VA, and their skill level, you are still likely overseeing and managing the process.
In contrast – a business manager is typically stepping in to help with higher level processes and overall operations management of your business. A business manager will be involved in most (if not all) aspects of your business, keeping a birds-eye view of all the moving parts. She will help you plan, strategize, organize and prioritize. She helps bring you down to earth when your creative mind has #alltheideas, and she will hold you accountable if you need that.
Hands down — communication. It is my job to ask questions and listen, first and foremost. Where is the client struggling the most? This differs from client to client. Ultimately, I want to see the state of current processes, procedures and operations in the business, find out what the client does and doesn’t want to be doing in their business, and find out their greatest struggles and pain points. From there, we strategize and prioritize a plan for what to take on first.
This varies widely!! Some clients I talk to several times a day, others just once a week. It all depends on the client’s needs, how much time I’m contracted to work for them, and which parts of the business I’m handling directly.
For my very hands-on clients, we are messaging on Slack daily, and we have weekly video calls with the team to go over the week’s agenda, to-dos, and important projects.
Common tasks amongst most of my clients are: team member communications and accountability; managing the moving parts of projects and timelines; setting up systems, automations and processes; and holding the client accountable for what they need to be getting done — because we all know with so many balls in the air and so many moving parts to our business — we forget things!
Audits are short-term project-based offerings. This is typically a more intensive process – done within a few weeks, or few months – depending on how many aspects of the business we take on.
My favorite part is hands down the the relief I see my clients experiencing because of our work together. When systems start to get put into place, and I am able to take things off their plate – they get some breathing room. That is why I do what I do. I started this business because I’ve BEEN that overwhelmed business owner who felt like she was doing it all alone. I don’t want others to feel that way — I want to help ease the burden. When I know a client is getting some relief because I’m there… that excites me! That, and problem solving. I’m a solutions girl — I see a problem or puzzle and I want to fix it.
I love this question! The best time to hire a business manager is when you get to the place that managing the back end operations part of your business is taking away valuable time you could be using to generate revenue in your business. When it is taking away valuable time with your family, or time to care for yourself. When running your business is sucking all of the creative inspiration out of you. When you need to hire help, but feel you may need more than an VA.
Here are some signs are ready for a business manager —
– If you’re constantly worrying about dropping balls, or waking up in the night worried you forgot something
– If you get up in the morning overwhelmed or panicked about all that needs be done, but have no idea where to start
– If you simply can’t keep track of all the moving pieces in your business…
– If you’re having trouble knowing if ALL the things you’re doing actually fit in with your overall vision and goals for your business
– If you don’t want one more thing or person to manage yourself
– If you need someone to hold YOU accountable
Just one?! I’ll give you two that can kind of be lumped together.
1— Start your day with a plan. Each night, look at your schedule and write down (or virtually document) your appointments and priorities for the next day. This way you start your morning knowing exactly what needs done, instead of sitting down at your desk and having no idea where to start.
2 — DON’T make a mile long to-do list. This is a recipe for defeat. Prioritize and pick just one or two main goals or to-dos for each day. That’s it. If you could only do ONE thing today, what would the most important thing be?? At the end of the day, when you know you’ve accomplished the MOST important task or two, it reduces overall overwhelm and leads to a sense of accomplishment that keeps you going day after day.
Lastly, just a piece of advice — when you are feeling overwhelmed, frantic, anxious or stuck…like nothing is working: JUST STOP. Walk away. You can’t be productive in that space. Do something entirely different that isn’t work — take a short walk and get some fresh air, do something creative, eat something… anything that isn’t what you were doing. This seems counter intuitive — but when you pause and do something different, you reset and come back refreshed and focused.
I guess that was three! 😉
If you’d like to talk more about business management, time management, or and how a business manager could help you and your business, let’s chat! You can find me over on askcindyco.com and connect with me on Instagram and Facebook.
REVERIE MINGLES: Which of those signs do you see in your business? Do you think it might be time to hire some help?