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5 Ways to Make More Time for YOU in Your Design Business

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Your time is valuable. Only 24 hours in a day, right? Factor in work, family time, household tasks, time exercising (or not, not judging allowed), and those hours become even more sparse.

While it may seem impossible, there are ways to make more time for you in your design business. They may take a little bit of extra time up front, but trust me – it’s worth it!

1. Focus on what you’re best at!

When you first started your business, you probably wore a lot of hats to make it all happen. You were the designer, developer, marketing strategist, virtual assistant, bookkeeper, social media manager – you get the idea. You had a lot going on. You probably still do! When you take a look online at the designers you admire most; they are focusing on what they’re best at— design.

While I’m sure you’d love to get to the point where all you do is design all day, it doesn’t happen all at once. You need to remove things from your plate and start outsourcing slowly. Think of a couple of small things you could pass off and slowly add to your list.

For example, I started by outsourcing… It may not seem like a lot, but just taking this work off of my plate was terrific.

Think of outsourcing this way – you’ll have more time to focus on what you’re best at each time you outsource something from that list. Not only that, but you will free up time to work on your business too!

Another benefit of outsourcing gives you more time for higher income-earning activities by delegating other tasks on your list that don’t require your expertise.

2. Take time to make intentional plans

Intentionally planning for your business sets you up for a level of success that you can not achieve otherwise. If you go with the flow and “fake it til you make it,” there will be little to no progress to show at the end of it all. Take time daily to identify the most important tasks of the day and determine the priority of those items.

Making these times for planning a habit has helped me make sure that I’m taking action that matters. I focus on completing tasks that are moving me towards my big-picture goals.

Try setting aside 5-10 minutes each Monday, 1-2 hours per month, half a day per quarter and 1-2 days per year. Look at your schedule and mark it down to get it done!

3. Charge what you’re worth

When you’re pricing your work at a lower rate, it can honestly be hard to be motivated to do anything other than client work. You have to hustle constantly to bring in enough money to make ends meet.

You need to realize that you are worth more to your client than $500 for a website or $5 for a few graphics. You know this! It is time to bump up those prices!

Your clients need you because they can’t do what you can do. You free up their time, solve problems they can’t solve and let them focus on what they are best at and let you focus on what you are best at completing.

Another thing to think about is low prices usually attract difficult clients, and we know how much extra time a problematic client can take up. Take time to restructure your pricing to help you sell the results you provide. Make sure to charge prices that make the work you are doing worth it.

4. Take time to put systems in place, one step at a time

One of the fastest ways to waste your time is to have to figure out something that you’ve already figured out before.

For example, you have gone through the motions of onboarding a new client, working on the revision process for a design project or even promoting your latest blog post on social media. You have done all of these items more than once I am assuming as well. Do you have a system in place for these?

Systems are so important for cutting down on time to complete tasks. Think about creating step by step instructions or even making a screen recording of what you’re doing. This will help save brain space in the future when you have to rethink how you complete a task or even make outsourcing a task in the future SO much easier.

Think of the things you repeatedly do during the week. Take one hour per week and develop a system or process. Record this process to paper or through a video recording. File and save.

5. Focus on marketing methods that actually work for you

You probably have your business on every social media platform out there, trying to keep up with the latest trends of IGTV or livestreams or hashtags, etc. It is a lot to juggle and you probably still feel like you are missing out on something.

The thing is most successful designers only have one or two methods of marketing that really work well for them. The others are a waste of time. Reflect on where your best clients are coming from and focus on those places.

Make time for you

Take a deeper look at these tips we talked about today and take action on at least one to simplify your business and make more time for you. I know that it probably seems like a waste of time, but I promise you are worth it!

Want to learn even more ways to simplify your business and make it more effective and profitable? Sign up for the Purpose to Profit Design Business Summit! 25+ experts will be covering all kinds of topics and sharing actionable tips that you can implement in your design business right away! The best part? It’s FREE!

I didn’t plan it this way, but we actually have presentations during the summit for each of the 5 steps we talked about today! Here’s some that fit well with each of our points:

  • Focus on what you’re best at:
    • Design Business Blueprint: The Keys to Building a Purposeful and Profitable Design Business
  • Take time to make intentional plans
    • Streamline your Client Screening and onboarding with an Intro Packet
    • 3 Mindsets to Master to Reach 6 Figures.
  • Charge what you’re worth
    • Premium Pricing Framework
    • Scale your Services with VIP days & Day rates. 
  • Take time to put systems in place, one step at a time
    • Streamline your Client Screening and onboarding with an Intro Packet
    • Design a MAGICAL client prep work system using your website & Airtable.
  • Focus on marketing methods that actually work for you
    • How to Launch & Grow a Brand 
    • Selling on Autopilot Using Email Automation

So much good stuff!

And I wish I could say that I planned this email to go along with our presentations lineup, but it was a happy accident and it’s kind of amazing 😉

If you don’t have your free ticket yet, click here for more information. You’ll be redirected to a page with the next steps!

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