Tuesday, May 3, 2011

One Month Challenge:
I encourage other fellow small business owners to participate in this One month Challenge to better your business. A simple practical way to enhance site appearance, viewers, sales, and overall better our everyday task management. I had an idea or maybe a million; on things I would like to do for my business, improvements that needed to be made, promotions that needed to run you catch my drift. But I found with all these tasks that needed to be started or completed in conjunction with everyday business maintenance I was not managing my time properly. This is a great challenge for new business owners, veterans, or entrepreneurs in need of a serious over haul. This is a simplified way to really outline your tasks into a format that fits your schedule not mine because all business needs are different. Remember you can alter this method to something that fits your needs this is just the tasks and format I am following.
Step 1 - Sign up for Google Calendar
Click on the more tab and you will find calendars
Google Calendars a great free way to organize your daily tasks and events.
Similar to Microsoft office without having to buy or downloads any extra programs.
If you are signed up for Google Analytics you can access the calendar feature under the same account name.

Step 2: Write down your specific needs for your business
Really sit down on this one and think of all the day to day tasks that YOU DO or SHOULD BE doing in order to run a successful business. They don’t all have to be done on the same day now just write them all down!

For Instance:
List 2 Items per day
Blog Three times per week
Renew twice a day
Update Face book/Twitter
Create 3 new pieces
Pictures for 5 pieces
Order Supplies
Pricing New Merchandise

Now List all the tasks you would like to incorporate maybe promotions you want to run or people you need to contact shows you would like to attend, business meet ups you get the idea:
* This list is not everyday tasks, this second list shows you new projects,promotions, or business opportunity's you would like to incorporate into your monthly challenge.

Run Face book Ad
Feature/Review Seller on your blog
Retake Pictures
Revise item descriptions/tags
New Banner/avatar/cards
Approach Brick and Mortar stores for consignment/wholesale accounts

Step 3 – Create a 30 day Calendar that fits all your to do’s into a schedule.
Tip 1 – Be practical
-don’t shove 12 tasks in one day if that day you work another job, have the dentist appointment, picking up joey and Janie from soccer at 2 keep it practical
- don’t overwhelm yourself you will end up getting discouraged
-don’t think about what you wont be able to get done think about what you can get done in a day -If you don't finish a task on one day you may have more time the next and keep notes in the calender, the beauty is you can move the events alter and add at any time.
-don’t have too many ideas and not enough time

Tip 2 – Keep your schedule consistent
-Keep your main business needs consistent meaning Mon Wed and Fri you always list 3 items and take all your pictures.
-Have everyday tasks filled out first then go ahead and plug in your extra projects you’ve been sitting on all year! It will be more clear as too whats priority and what is optional.

Tip 3 - Entering tasks/events:
When entering in a task or event you simply click one on the day and time you would like to enter in the
I love the event option because you can create notes and use the repeat button, which allows you to repeat a task what ever days and times for however long you want to repeat that particular event.
You can play around with the calendar features it takes no time to get the hang of it, and how you want to operate the features.
Play around with the features and modify the calendar to your liking.

Step 4 – Follow Through
-Make sure you really stick to your 30 day challenge to see a improvement, and conduct small studies. When renewing record how many views your item had at the beginning of the day and then record how many at the end. These things can all be plugged into your Google Calendar or any calendar program.

Taking 30 minutes to fill out this calendar just set a months worth of goals that you can alter and tweak for the following month. You can track your views from google analytics, sales,hearts,treasury features at the beginning of the month to the end and compare to see if any of these methods are working for you.

So hear we go and periodically throughout the month I will be blogging about my experience and I encourage others to share tips and tricks and there journey on the one month challenge!


  1. this sounds like a great idea! i'm going to give it a try! thanks!

  2. No Problem tomorrow will be a new post so check it out!

  3. I'm so having a problem getting this together. I recently quit my job, and I've been trying to do this for about 2 months now. It's so hard with working on a marriage, and potty training, but I'm following you now, and I will try and succeed!

  4. Isis its a tough market but I am dedicated to succeeding in my own business, I hope we can exchange information between sellers to see what works and what does not. I will continue to blog about my one month challenge so we can find the best method of conducting business day to day cheers to you!