Don’t forget to invest in yourself

Don’t forget to invest in yourself

As business owners, we spend a lot of time investing in our business or our team, which is great, but it misses one of the best assets. Yourself. As the driving force, and leader in your business it is so important that you are on top of your game, growing and learning, to ensure you stay on the edge. As a leader, your team looks to you to push the limits of what your business can achieve and highlight the path forward. To do so you must continue to invest in yourself or risk stagnation.

So, how can you invest in yourself? Here are 6 ways you can improve, learn, and grow.

1. Further study

Studying in your current, or new fields will broaden your skills enabling you to do more. This could allow you to offer a new service, strengthen an existing one, or even assist you with some of the management sides of the business. You could study through a TAFE or university and receive anything from a cert IV and above. These courses can even be completed online.

But they aren’t the only place you can learn new skills. Websites like Udemy or Skillshare have got great classes designed to help you learn new skills at your own pace, from industry professionals. All you have to do is sign up, pay a one-time fee for the course, and you can get learning. The only negative is that you don’t get a degree out of it, but often that doesn’t matter.

2. Mental health

How much time do you spend on your mental health? Getting your head right is just as important as any other item on your list, if not more important. If you aren’t happy, find yourself anxious all the time, or are overburdened with stress, then your work is going to be affected.

Start by taking some time out for yourself each week. Do some yoga or meditation, both force you to practice mindfulness which does wonders for your mental health. If stress is your issue, see if you can offload some of your daily tasks, whether to your team or outsource them.

If you continue to struggle, talk to your GP and get a psychologist referral. Often just having someone to talk to about your problems makes a huge difference.

3. Keep up to date with legislative changes

Legislative change happens all the time and can sometimes affect your business. Because of this, it is important that you keep up to date with any changes that are happening in your industry, and for businesses at large. You will be able to keep on top of legislative changes and make quick adjustments to your business with ease, staying ahead of your competition.

4. Attend webinars and conferences

Webinars and conferences give you access to industry leaders in an environment set up for learning. You get to hear them speak about topics relevant to your industry, provide ideas, and teach new things that you can add to your business. As well as this, you will be surrounded by others in your industry, giving you a chance to grow your personal network, and build connections that could be hugely beneficial to your business. These conferences and webinars can add a lot to your business, plus they give you a break from your daily routine, providing a mental health boost.

5. Follow industry groups on social media

To remain at the forefront of your industry it is important that you are constantly in the loop as to what is happening. There is often a lot of news, updates, or future technologies, that are being shared through your industry on social media. By following these pages, or joining the industry groups, you can receive all of this information while you are doing your daily scroll of Facebook or Instagram.

Look for the personal profiles of industry leaders on Instagram or LinkedIn, many will regularly post a lot of industry topics here. Follow businesses, leaders, and groups on Facebook to connect with the community further. If you are looking to become an industry leader yourself, start writing blogs and making videos.

6. Get a bookkeeper

Bookkeeping is often a difficult and time-consuming task that falls onto the owner’s task list. This can be very stressful and time-consuming for a business owner who is also trying to run their business at the same time. If you are currently doing your bookkeeping, you should consider investing in a bookkeeper. This will save you a lot of time and stress, while also giving you a friendly face you can discuss your finances with on a regular basis.

Conclusion

You are the most important asset to your business. So, it is important that you take the time to invest in yourself. Whether this is through self-growth, education, or just getting some tedious work off your plate. With some self-investment, you will be able to get back on top of your game and lead your business to a greater future.

If you need to get your bookkeeping off your plate and free up some time, reach out to Link Books.

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