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For Savvy Entrepreneurs, THIS is When the REAL Work Gets Done

You know what it’s like working with your head down, in your business all the time…closing sales, making new connections, handling contracts and vendors, maintaining product inventories and service agreements, filing taxes…basically, all the stuff that’s got to get done over the course of a day/month/year for your business to function. 

But how often do you step back and work on your business?

Working on your business is about doing the personal and professional development work that helps your business run smoothly, like planning, goal-setting, and creating systems & processes. For me, that looks like marking up my big dry-erase wall calendar to plan out my quarterly launches, brushing up on my sales, marketing, and networking skills with new books and industry connections, updating and refining my operations manual and internal processes, and reviewing my business plan to ensure I’m on track or can course-correct if necessary. 

Ideally, you want to spend around 25% of your time strategically working on your business—or, as some experts suggest, 1-2 hours every day. But for most of the women entrepreneurs I know (the majority of whom are solopreneurs), 1-2 hours is an enormous demand on their already precious little time to get everything done in a day. 

Fortunately, unless you’re in one of the few industries that gets busy from June to August, the summertime affords us with the slower pace and relaxed vibes we need to work on our businesses, so we can come back refreshed and refocused to finish the year strong. And summer is 25% of the year, so…coincidence?

Here are the 3 areas I like to focus on when I get into summertime strategy mode:

Business Planning

TBH, if I could spend 100% of my time planning for my business, I would. And while my Virgo rising finds making checklists and editorial calendars SO satisfying, I do like to leave a little room for the universe to surprise and delight me.

The book I revisit every summer for strategic planning is The One Page Business Plan for the Creative Entrepreneur by Jim Horan. It allows me to get everything out of my head and onto a visual map that makes everything feel clear and full of promise. 

To ensure my plans align with what the stars have in store for me, I double check important dates on my Personal Success Calendar by Carol Allen. I’ve found that when I work with the energies and laws of the universe (that are at play whether I believe in them or not—like gravity), I prosper. And when I don’t, I regret it (again, like gravity!). 

Personal & Professional Development 

I keep a folder on my browser with links to all the books and courses I’ve bought over the previous year that I never got around to finishing and I go through them over the summer. I especially like to re-do ones that I’ve already completed, because both my business and I are in a completely different place since the last time I soaked in the material. So even though I’ve heard it before, there’s always more to learn. As I go through, I like to ask myself 5 questions:

1. What do I now believe is possible that I didn’t before, and how can this book/program help me realize that possibility?

2. What is this material calling forth from me now?

3. What am I now able to see with this expanded perspective that I couldn’t before?

4. If I were to look back over my business objectively since the last time I worked with this material, how might I view the progress I’ve made?

5. What actions do I have the courage to take now that I would never have considered before?

Peers & Professional Connections

I strongly believe that nothing is more powerful than a group of like-minded women, moving forward together, in the direction of our dreams. We create a momentum like no other when we collaborate, share ideas, support and hold space for one another to grow.

Author Glennon Doyle recently shared about a friend of hers who began organizing “hard things” walks during the COVID lockdown with a group of women she’d known for decades. They’d show up on a path, each with their hard thing—whether it was about their families, the world, or their work—and talk it out. When I heard Doyle talk about it, I felt this instant sense of relief at just the thought of having a warm, respectful community that embraces you and your struggles with zero judgment.

Whether it’s on Zoom or in person, please take some time this summer to connect with other women who get you, and who really understand how lonely it can be as a business owner. You deserve to have that time to reflect and restore yourself, and so do they.

If you haven’t yet found your tribe or you’re the only entrepreneur among your girlfriends, I invite you to join us at Girl Boss TV. Our summer session officially kicks off on Tuesday, July 6, but enrollment is open now and we would love to have your voice in the conversation. Details here!

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"When I was just starting out, Amanda encouraged me to take a chance on myself, helped me come up with marketing ideas, and helped me understand what my time and talent is really worth so I wouldn’t sell myself short. She treats her clients with honesty, care, and attention."

Lisa Loper, Sweetness Cakes by Lisa

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2021-06-29T18:26:04+00:00

Lisa Loper, Sweetness Cakes by Lisa

"When I was just starting out, Amanda encouraged me to take a chance on myself, helped me come up with marketing ideas, and helped me understand what my time and talent is really worth so I wouldn’t sell myself short. She treats her clients with honesty, care, and attention."
"Amanda Buse's passion is helping women entrepreneurs and it shines through everything she does. She brings a gentle strength and courage along with her wealth of business experience and knowledge to her coaching, workshops, and presentations. She helps you shift your focus and create options and freedom in your business and personal life. If you are looking to grow your income, influence, and impact, Amanda is the coach and speaker for you!"

Kathy Tagenel, COO, Burg Communications, Inc.

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Kathy Tagenel, COO, Burg Communications, Inc.

"Amanda Buse's passion is helping women entrepreneurs and it shines through everything she does. She brings a gentle strength and courage along with her wealth of business experience and knowledge to her coaching, workshops, and presentations. She helps you shift your focus and create options and freedom in your business and personal life. If you are looking to grow your income, influence, and impact, Amanda is the coach and speaker for you!"
"Amanda is amazing at what she does! She was great at helping coach me into stepping into my confidence and becoming better at enrolling new clients. She set a great example of how you can be fierce and direct without hard selling. My business has experienced an incredible transformation and growth since working with her."

Adrian White, AMW Marketing & Design

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2020-07-28T01:06:02+00:00

Adrian White, AMW Marketing & Design

"Amanda is amazing at what she does! She was great at helping coach me into stepping into my confidence and becoming better at enrolling new clients. She set a great example of how you can be fierce and direct without hard selling. My business has experienced an incredible transformation and growth since working with her."
"Amanda is a very successful sales professional and a terrific human being! I have enjoyed getting to know her and I know you will, as well!"

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"Amanda is a very successful sales professional and a terrific human being! I have enjoyed getting to know her and I know you will, as well!"
"When I did a sales call as a client with Amanda, she made me feel so comfortable and was easy to talk to. It was easy to say yes. What’s even better, is she has coached me how to do the same. I never want my prospective clients to feel like they are being sold to and Amanda is a master at coaching people how to close sales calls without being pushy or salesy."

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"When I did a sales call as a client with Amanda, she made me feel so comfortable and was easy to talk to. It was easy to say yes. What’s even better, is she has coached me how to do the same. I never want my prospective clients to feel like they are being sold to and Amanda is a master at coaching people how to close sales calls without being pushy or salesy."
"Amanda helped shift my mindset to my new identity and embracing what that looks like for the future so I can lead with improved confidence and clarity."

LaReesa Ferdinand MD, The Estrogen Doctor

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LaReesa Ferdinand MD, The Estrogen Doctor

"Amanda helped shift my mindset to my new identity and embracing what that looks like for the future so I can lead with improved confidence and clarity."
"In my work with Amanda, she was able to break the mental barriers down about sales into relationship-building and serving clients. In learning some of her techniques, my confidence on calls improved DRAMATICALLY. After working with Amanda, I was more comfortable asking questions and digging into a client's situation to really listen and learn from them. I was better prepared how to move from understanding pain points into something actionable that could serve and benefit a potential client. So grateful to have worked with Amanda and to have learned from her!"

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2021-01-29T18:27:14+00:00
"In my work with Amanda, she was able to break the mental barriers down about sales into relationship-building and serving clients. In learning some of her techniques, my confidence on calls improved DRAMATICALLY. After working with Amanda, I was more comfortable asking questions and digging into a client's situation to really listen and learn from them. I was better prepared how to move from understanding pain points into something actionable that could serve and benefit a potential client. So grateful to have worked with Amanda and to have learned from her!"
"Amanda is an AMAZING coach and has helped me shift my mindset regarding valuing myself and whom I serve as a new CEO of my coaching business. Amanda is a great listener and brings out the qualities in me that I may undervalue. At the end of a call with her, I am ready to move into action with confidence and courage! Amanda simply brings out the 'goodness' in me and she does it in sweet but 'kick your butt way'!! Only Amanda can do that!"

Akira Hazer, Integrative Life Coach

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2021-01-29T18:32:01+00:00

Akira Hazer, Integrative Life Coach

"Amanda is an AMAZING coach and has helped me shift my mindset regarding valuing myself and whom I serve as a new CEO of my coaching business. Amanda is a great listener and brings out the qualities in me that I may undervalue. At the end of a call with her, I am ready to move into action with confidence and courage! Amanda simply brings out the 'goodness' in me and she does it in sweet but 'kick your butt way'!! Only Amanda can do that!"
"You've been really helpful with thinking about how to reframe my calls with potential clients so they are more productive! I also appreciate the attention you give to mindset because it has so much impact on my success. You have a wonderful way of delivering your point and advice in a very supportive way so I better understand what I need to do and know that you've got my back. Thank you!!"

Melinda Hurley, ML Hurley Consulting, Inc.

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2021-01-29T18:36:24+00:00

Melinda Hurley, ML Hurley Consulting, Inc.

"You've been really helpful with thinking about how to reframe my calls with potential clients so they are more productive! I also appreciate the attention you give to mindset because it has so much impact on my success. You have a wonderful way of delivering your point and advice in a very supportive way so I better understand what I need to do and know that you've got my back. Thank you!!"
"Amanda listens very closely to what you are saying and always responds in a very thoughtful, knowledgeable, concise way. Reading between the lines and conveying answers that are exactly what I needed to learn and hear. Direct and on point, always leaving me knowing exactly what to do next. I highly recommend!"

Rev. Tonya Henderson, Artist & Entrepreneur Coach

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2021-01-29T18:41:41+00:00

Rev. Tonya Henderson, Artist & Entrepreneur Coach

"Amanda listens very closely to what you are saying and always responds in a very thoughtful, knowledgeable, concise way. Reading between the lines and conveying answers that are exactly what I needed to learn and hear. Direct and on point, always leaving me knowing exactly what to do next. I highly recommend!"
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