Feeling overwhelmed trying to start and grow your proofreading business?
This is for you!
Watch the live here (or read the transcript below) to see how you can create big results from little moments.
You’ve got this!
Links mentioned in live:
- How To Have Time To Work On Your Proofreading Business: Live + Transcript
- Pick Your Proofreading Path: Two-Question Quiz
If you have been feeling overwhelmed and stressed out trying to start your proofreading business or grow your proofreading business, then this quick Live is for you this week. And I’m doing it a little bit because I’ve had a very overwhelming -- very overwhelming -- in fact, the last month or so has been pretty overwhelming.
And I’ve really wanted to be able to spend more time on different projects, and I just haven’t had time to. And that kind of feeling makes me -- and maybe you can relate. Tell me in the comments if this is something you can relate to where, if you don’t have chunks of time to sit down and work on something like your proofreading business, then it feels like it’s just not worth working on it at all. If I don’t have the entire afternoon, or I don’t have the whole evening or the morning, whenever you like to work -- mine is definitely the evening into the night -- if I don’t have that chunk of time that I was planning on, then it’s just not worth it.
It’s kind of like, and I still do this too, I’m going to start working on my business at 6 o’clock tonight, and then something comes up, and you’re not able to sit down. And you were going to work on it from 6 to 8 let’s say, and something comes up right about 5:45 and goes until 6:30, and there is almost a quarter of the time, that precious time, that you had to work on your business, and it’s just not there.
And it gets frustrating. Not only are you frustrated, it’s almost like, well, fine. If I don’t have this time, those two hours that I had set aside or whatever it was that you had, maybe it was 30 minutes, maybe 15, whatever your time chunk that you had allotted to sit down and work on, it’s gone. And then you’re like, well, I’m just not even going to work on it at all because it doesn’t matter, or maybe you do this too. It’s like, well, I said I’d start on it at 6, but now that it’s 6:15, then I’m going to wait until it’s 6:30, or I’m going to wait until 7 so I can start it on that nice round number.
If that’s you, no, you’re not alone because that is me too. It’s been especially this past month or so when I’ve had so many big plans of things that I want to work on, and so many other things come up, important things, things that are a priority, things that -- it’s not bad that it’s come up. It’s nobody’s fault that it’s come up. It’s just -- life happens. We’re adults. Things come up that we don’t plan on as much as we can plan for things. Other things show up, and we can’t get them done, but then sometimes that means we have to kind of push off for other plans like starting our proofreading business or working, growing our proofreading business when we -- just because we didn’t have that chunk of time that we wanted to work on.
Now, last week’s Live I spent a lot of time breaking down how you can find time to work on your proofreading business even if it’s just like 30 minutes, an hour, two hours, even if it’s every other day. Maybe it’s just the weekend. I’m going to drop the link to that in here so that when you’re done here, if you haven’t seen it yet -- that’s going to pop up in the comments in a second -- if you haven’t seen it yet, super helpful. Actually, Lisa watched it last week and emailed and told me that this -- I’m already planning on how I’m going to start delegating and getting things done so I can work on my business more. I loved that. So if you haven’t watched it yet, go see it.
But this week, especially since it’s been so busy, I also wanted to take a breather and share with you guys that you don’t have to have massive chunks of time to work on your business. Don’t overwhelm yourself, making you feel like if I don’t have that two-hour chunk of time that I see somebody else working on their business or that I was planning on it, it’s okay. And what usually happens is we step away from it completely because it didn’t go according to plan. We don’t have all that time that we had.
So a friend posted this on her blog, this post -- or this quote on her blog this week, and I loved it so much I wanted to share it with you guys. And I was originally just going to make it a post, and I was like, no. This deserves its own Live so I could show up and encourage you guys with it too.
So the quote that’s been sitting here by Edmund Burke is “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”
Let that sit for a second. How much -- I mean just thinking from my own past week, past month. And you -- think back over the past -- it’s only Wednesday, but how so much -- how far this week have you planned to work on your business and maybe you haven’t because you’re worried that I don’t have enough time to work on it?
Or it could also be maybe you have time to work on it, but you’re feeling overwhelmed about not knowing where to start. You don’t have enough information, or maybe you’re working -- you started your proofreading business. Now you’re working on getting clients. Maybe it’s like I just don’t feel like I’m good enough. I don’t feel like I have enough information to how to go get clients. I don’t -- I just don’t have enough experience, and so then because we have only a little that we can do, we hold ourselves back.
And what happens is two things happen when we hold ourselves back because we don’t feel like everything is perfect. And we don’t have all our ducks in a row, or we don’t have all the time that we want or all the experience that we want or all the knowledge that we want. What ends up happening is two things. Two things that happen are, one, we hold ourselves back from the experience of being able to start our own proofreading business and do what we want with our business whether that’s part time, full time, whatever your goals are with your proofreading business.
You -- when you don’t take those little times, chunks that you have, or the little bit of knowledge that you feel that you have, which I’m going to guess that you know more than you think you do, or maybe that little bit of experience that you have, and you hold yourself back, then you don’t get that enjoyment of getting to work on your business or get to start working on getting more proofreading clients. You hold yourself back from that because everything is not perfect or as big as maybe your plans or what you thought in your head needed to be.
The other thing that happens is, besides you not getting to start your business or make progress on it at all, the other thing that happens is you are holding yourself back from other people who need what you can provide to them. So not only are you holding yourself back, you’re holding yourself back from other people who need somebody who has your personality, who has your skills, who has your talents as a proofreader. You’re holding yourself back from helping somebody have a really well-proofread document that they can then publish.
I can’t tell you how many times -- I have -- I work with some absolutely amazing clients, and it’s awesome for me because I get the income, the flexibility of work, all the amazing things of being able to proofread. But the other thing too is, and this isn’t a selfish way to look at it. The truth is my clients would not have somebody to be able to show up for them and get their work done. They wouldn’t have somebody be able to take rush jobs, be able to turn it in the next day to their employer because they needed it. They wouldn’t have somebody that they enjoyed working with who not just turns proofreading projects around but also shows up for them and is happy to work with them.
Those are things that, if I wasn’t just pushing through and, okay, maybe I don’t have this whole afternoon to work on this proofreading project that I want, but I’m going to make the best use of what I have, the knowledge, the skills, the time that I have to work. Not only is it benefiting me, it’s also benefiting my clients as well.
And even if you don’t have clients like you -- clients yet, you’re just getting started, or maybe you have a couple clients here and there, or maybe you’re growing your business and your business just isn’t right where it needs to be yet, keep going. And the little bit of time that you have, the little bit of knowledge that you have, the experience you have because when you add up those little things, that’s what brings about big things.
We can’t all sit down and make big things happen all in one sitting. Now, there are some times you can. Yesterday I had 30 minutes, not very much time, 30 minutes to sit down and work on a project I’ve been wanting to, and I knocked it out and got it done, and I was so excited. But it was just 30 minutes, whereas if I hadn’t worked on for those 30 minutes on something, I wouldn’t be able to have finished that project. It’s -- I’m going to be announcing it soon. I’m not going to be able to present it to you guys as an opportunity for you to help grow your business more, whereas if I had just been like, I only have 30 minutes. I’ve got so much other things to do. It would have never gotten done.
So this quote by Edmund Burke, “Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who did nothing” -- you’re just sitting back like, everything’s not perfect. I don’t have all the tools I need. I don’t have enough time because you could only do a little. That’s one of the biggest mistakes that you can make in your life, in your proofreading business with the goals that you have.
So I can make it -- I can help make it extra easy for you to help you have additional time, and that is you can get started today with a mini course to help you wherever you’re at on your proofreading journey, and I’m going to drop this link in the comments so that you don’t have to go type it in. Let me copy/paste it here.
All right, here is a two-question quiz that you can go take, two questions. It takes less than a minute for you to go take this two-question quiz that I put together to help you figure out where you’re at in your proofreading journey. Maybe you need help getting your grammar better. Maybe you feel like, I just have a little bit of grammar knowledge. Maybe if I can make that grammar knowledge bigger I can go do bigger things. So I have a Grammar Masterclass to help you. I also have Learn How to Proofread, so if you think you want to proofread but you don’t know how to proofread, then this is the perfect way to get started. I make it really easy for you.
I also have Learn How to Get Proofreading Clients, so if you don’t know how to get clients and you want to get more clients, maybe you don’t have as many as you want, and you want to start making more every month, I step you through so many options on how you can go out and get proofreading clients. And they’re all in mini courses, so that way they’re short. They’re right to the point, but they’re packed with everything that I have learned over the past 15 years as a proofreader to help get me where I’m at today as a full-time successful proofreader to help you get wherever your goals are too.
So the thing is you may feel like you don’t have a lot of time. You may feel like your skills aren’t where they need to be. Don’t use that as an excuse to achieve the proofreading business that you want to start. I make it really -- that’s why I did -- created The Proofreading Business Coach and this two-question quiz to help you pick which mini course works for you so that way, you don’t have to waste time. You can take the precious little minutes that you have, learn what you need to know, and immediately go out and apply them. So I put that all here. Take the quiz right there. It’s just seriously two questions. It will take you less than a minute.
And then you can go get started growing, starting, wherever you’re at in your proofreading business so that you can take the little bit you have and make it big, and you can go feel successful with whatever time that you have because I know you can go do amazing things if you just apply yourself in the opportunities that come along whether it’s 15-minute chunks or two-hour chunks. Whatever it is, you got this. All right, you guys have an amazing week. Do what you can. With a little, make it big. I’ll see you guys, same time, same place later. See ya.
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