Have you ever finished the entire Thanksgiving turkey by yourself? Nobody can; and it’s crazy to even think otherwise. This is where most entrepreneurs lose it and give up. 90% of startups fail. New ideas fail. If they wouldn’t, someone else would have done them already!
Sometimes a big idea can be overwhelming. Sometimes big projects can be daunting. It’s understandable. It’s human. Big ideas, however, CAN be accomplished. They can be fulfilled with a simple rule. Break down your turkey and carve its pieces. And then, share the pieces with others!
I have a few tips for you this week – to fall in love with your business. Because let’s face it – work can get monotonous very quickly.
Here are 6 ways to tell you how to fall in love with your travel business.
1.How to fall in love with your travel business: Tip #1 – Spark the romance
Keeping the romance alive in a relationship can be a challenge. But do not give up on it. Because you and your travel business are certainly in a serious relationship. Think about why you wanted to become a travelpreneur. What got you here? Why did you want to pursue this? How did you get your first client?
Knowing your “WHY” you started a travel business will help you withstand the trials and tribulations of being a small business owner. How do you plan on achieving your vision for this year? All this will get you excited and set your energy straight, on the right path! This brings us to the next point.
2. How to fall in love with your travel business: Tip #2 – Gratitude
Thinking about all this will certainly bring up some strong emotions. Having achieved something, you will definitely feel that you have come a long way since you thought of embarking on this journey. Did you feel grateful for any other accomplishment at your regular job? How different was it compared to the feeling now….now that you are a
3. How to fall in love with your travel business: Tip #3 – First plan the work; then work the plan.
There are basically 2 steps in planning:
First, plan Your Work. Without a marketing plan, your campaigns will have no direction. I’ve discussed this in a previous article on how to create a marketing plan for your travel business.
When planning, it is important to use the right planner that is designed to help you track and organize your plans, campaigns, and events. A planner sets you on the right path to be able to then follow the clock. Check out my 2020 planner to help you get started with your 2020 marketing campaigns and events.
But having a plan is not enough. Which brings us to the 2nd step, Implementation. You have to implement or work your plan. All your planning goes to waste if you won’t implement them.
Your plan is like your compass to achieve your goal so it is important that you go back to your plan as you review your results, and when deciding on your daily, weekly and monthly priorities.
When reviewing your results and your plan, take these into consideration:
What are the things you need to adjust? What strategies do you need? Make adjustments and don’t start from scratch. Refer to your plan and implement it. You need to understand why are you doing your marketing campaign, who is it for and how you’re going to measure it is a crucial marketing success.
4. How to fall in love with your travel business: Tip #4 – Delegate. Period.
I have one more story for you. Dwight D. Eisenhower – the 34th President of the United States. Before becoming President, he served as a general in the United States Army and as the Allied Forces Supreme Commander during World War II. He also later became NATO’s first supreme commander. He had to make tough decisions about which tasks he should focus on each day. This led him to invent the world-famous Eisenhower principle.
It is a simple quadrant which categorizes tasks as both urgent and important. Tasks that are both urgent and important should ALWAYS be done first and NEVER be delegated. Whereas, tasks which are just urgent SHOULD be delegated. This is one great strategy for Effective Mastering Your Time. With a handy matrix (like the one below) to keep you company every day, your daily tasks should become very well organized.
My FREE weekly planner can help also you when creating your weekly tasks. It is a customizable week at a glance planner that allows you to plan all your priorities in one place for the week.
5. How to fall in love with your travel business: Tip #5 – Streamline. Your. Processes.
I know, we covered this in a previous article. But I still want to emphasize on this. Because without this, your delegation system is not going to work. When you hire help, they need to aware of how things are done. Nothing can be haphazard when you have a client-facing business. There has to be a set process for EVERY task that is being or will be carried out – by you or by anyone else in your team. Whether its payroll, review mechanisms, finances, and accountants or something as simple as answering a client call. You just cannot escape the standard for operating procedures.
6. How to fall in love with your travel business: Tip #6 – Get in shape.
The great thing about this relationship is that you get to change things your way. Who YOU are should reflect in your travel business. Don’t let it become a version of someone else. If need be, you may need to change things to make them work better. Pay yourself an adequate amount, to make you feel less miserable and pay your bills. Keep evolving, keep changing. But don’t forget to be anchored. Be true to your values and your vision. This might also mean that you will need to rediscover yourself. Bring life into the business.
I hope this helps you to fall in love with your travel business. Remember, if things feel daunting, it’s because we make them. We have it in us to make ourselves just a little less miserable, by taking one day at a time!
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