The Great Office Escape, Episode 3: Three Strategies for Creating Time Freedom


Published on - Melissa Ingold shares her top 3 strategies for growing your business while creating more free time to spend with friends and family. These strategies are so simple to implement and will allow you to focus on money-making tasks while your business grows.

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The Great Office Escape, Episode 3: Three Strategies for Creating Time Freedom

  1. 1. Episode 3 Three Strategies for Creating More Time Freedom!
  2. 2. • Wife & mother to 2 active About Melissa kids and one crazy dog • Loves to watch her kids play sports and is their #1 cheerleader • Successful product creator & JV partner • Runs 5 different membership programs • Blogger & podcaster
  3. 3. Strategy #1 – Use a Calendar • Allows you to plan & prioritize your work • Keeps tasks organized so you know what to do each day • Helps keep you focused instead of being distracted • You can see at a glance if you’re working on money-making activities
  4. 4. Strategy #1 – Use a Calendar • Keeps client work prioritized • Helps you remember all your client responsibilities • Be careful of To Do lists – if you keep adding on tasks you may get overwhelmed • Basecamp has a calendar function that makes for easy planning
  5. 5. Strategy #1 – Use a Calendar • Keep your personal calendar in the same location so you can work around your family time • Use whichever system works best for YOU • At the end of the day, write down the top 3 things you must accomplish the next day • You’ll know exactly where to start the next morning
  6. 6. Organizing & Prioritizing • Learn how to be more organized • If clients are where you make money, do client work first thing • If you don’t make time for that client work, you’ll lose clients • Set boundaries with clients so they don’t expect 24/7 service
  7. 7. Strategy #2 – Clear Work Hours • There will be times when you need to work in the evenings • There will be times when you need to log extra hours • But if you don’t set boundaries with your clients & yourself, business will just take over your private life
  8. 8. Strategy #2 – Clear Work Hours • Boundaries will give you the freedom to spend time with your kids, partner, friends • Clear work hours will give you freedom to enjoy your weekends & do fun stuff • Figure out when you’re most productive • Make the most of that productive time
  9. 9. Melissa’s Strategy • Work from 8am til 3pm • In the summer she works only 2-4 hours per week • If you stay focused during work hours, you can walk out at 3pm without worrying about projects • You can even work from 10am til 2pm and still make a good living online!
  10. 10. Strategy Recap 1. Use a calendar to prioritize tasks 2. Set clear work hours & boundaries, especially if you have a client-based business
  11. 11. For Business Owners • Use these same strategies for planning projects so your team doesn’t get frazzled with tight deadlines • You won’t receive good quality with constant rush jobs
  12. 12. Strategy #3 – Hire a VA • Avoid getting your own work mixed up with client work • Hire a VA to assist with client projects OR to assist with your personal marketing projects • For example, VAs can take blog posts & format them into a Kindle book • They can load messages into your autoresponder
  13. 13. Strategy #3 – Hire a VA • Start out with hiring a VA for just a few hours each month • Prepay so you’re not stressed about paying at end of month • Be clear with each project how much time she should spend on it • An experienced VA can finish projects more quickly than you can
  14. 14. 3 Strategies for Creating More Time Freedom 1. Use a calendar or To Do list – organize & prioritize 2. Set business hours – when are YOU most productive? 3. Hire help – start slowly & grow
  15. 15. Want to Learn More About Building a Business that Supports Your Need for Freedom? Go to Melissa’s Website at: