Little Victories

I'll admit it...one of the perks of starting Streamlined Living Colorado is that I will never again have to spend all day, every day in a stuffy, windowless office.  I love that I create my own schedule and that I can accommodate most activities with some advanced planning.  That being said, I've learned how much planning this whole being a business owner thing takes!  The less amount of daily structure there is, the more organized one has to be! 

The first several months of creating Streamlined consisted mainly of doing the front-end work.  It felt a little (A LOT) overwhelming at times (MOST OF THE TIME).  I'd get distracted easily because the tasks on my enormous to-do list were totally foreign to me (create a website?!), scary (lots of grownup decisions to be made--what if I made a wrong decision?) and never-ending (how would I ever get everything done?!).

To get a handle on things, I created a "Brain Dump" list that was everything, and I mean everything, that popped into my head that I felt I had to do for my business; even "categorize and prioritize Brain Dump" was on the list.  I did that on purpose, because, checking things off of a list meant I was making headway and thus achieving a goal.  And there is research confirming that checking things off a list releases dopamine which is a feel good hormone!   

Making lists, no matter what the list is for, is a key component of staying organized in your work and in your personal life. Lists are a way to see and track progress, reduce anxiety, prioritize time and of course, release that dopamine!

I still have and use this original Brain Dump list.  It is categorized and typed out with many, many more tasks handwritten on it, but I've also crossed off even more off the list.  Having this list reminds me that although I may sometimes feel overwhelmed being a business owner, I can see how far I've come and I can celebrate the little victories of checking another task off the "Brain Dump".  Because if I don't cross off the list, then who will?!

 

So, what's your niche?

I have to admit, this whole "being a small business owner" thing can be pretty stressful.  I knew it would be hard work, I knew it would be frustrating at times, but I also knew if I didn't do this now, I would find another stifling job in Corporate America and I'd never take this risk of creating a business doing something I honestly enjoy doing. 

But another thing I know is how to streamline spaces.  I know the benefits that I offer to my clients by clearing out the clutter and the chaos which is proven to contributes to mental focus and clarity.  I know I provide my clients with the gift of time by doing something they may not want to do or have the physical capability to do.  I know that I am good at this.  But as I continue to try and absorb business advice from seasoned small business owners, I am consistently asked "So, what's your niche?"

I found it.  It was yesterday when I was meeting with a business coach that I realized my niche. He asked me why I should be hired above other professional organizers.  And I kept going back to how I think it's really important to leave room to grow in the spaces I streamline.  What's the point in organizing spaces for a client if the end result is simply that the space is still packed to the gills but looks nicer?!  I want my clients to not only see the results of my hard work and effort but I want them to feel the results. I want my client to feel calmer in their newly organized space.  I want them to feel satisfaction in knowing where all of their "stuff" is because everything will have a place.  I want them to feel accomplished because whether they worked along side me or Streamlined Living worked alone in their space, it was the client's decision to start the movement of getting organized. 

So now when I'm asked "What's your niche?", I confidently reply that Streamlined Living will streamlined your space and leave you room to grow.