How Teaching and Small Business are the Same

how Teaching and small business are the same

After being in small business for nearly two years I have learnt a lot.  I am no millionaire but mind you I have chopped and changed to find what fits for me and what I really want to do. I view this as my apprenticeship and I know there is no overnight success stories and there is always a background story. My background is teaching and I’ve come to the conclusion that teaching and small business are the same. They are both hard work. Others can often view teaching as easy street with lots of holidays or small business owners sitting around in their pj’s with a cuppa working. Nothing could be further from the reality. Here’s how teaching and small business are the same.

The work is endless

The work is endless there is always something to do. You can work yourself into an early grave and many a small business owner and teachers have left due to the overwhelming workload. If you are not marking. planning or teaching there is always departmental paperwork to be completed so that the everything is accountable. In small business there are the clients, the back office work, the accounts, marketing, social media, blogging, follow up and networking. I have known many a small business owner and teacher who have burnt out and had to quit.  It’s not for the faint hearted.

You totally need to see the big picture

You need to see the big picture and not get stuck on the small details. With trying to balance work and life if you spend hours fiddling around with charts, clean classrooms or marking every piece of work your students created……start digging that grave now. It’s the same in small business you need to have a clear focus of what you want to achieve with your business, which is why a business plan is essential or you can be aimlessly drifting for one thing to the next (Urrrmm I need my own advice here LOL, an update is in order). In small business you can waste hours on social media, making lovely Canva post, messing around with the lovely excel spreadsheets for your accounts and cleaning up. Fine details are great but you do need to keep it in check. To have a business you need to have customers and to get customers you need to be out there letting people know about your business. You can’t be the best kept secret, you are more likely to do business with someone you have meet you need to be out there.

Your clients are not always going to easy

Your clients are not going to always be easy. There are times when they are going to be so demanding it will take all your energy. Unless you don’t work with humans, then you will experience this. Clients and students can be unreasonable, grumpy, talk back, not act how you want, expect you to give them the world for free and cause you to scream into your pillow at night.   Keep in mind there are only a few of these clients and most will love you.

There are big fist pump moments

There can be huge fist pump moments. When you have a win with the penny dropping for a student, moving a student forward either academically or behaviourally, getting that client you wanted or that Facebook post going viral. It’s these moments that push you through the tough times. Fist pump moments that make it worth it.  Keep going you can do it.

Teaching and small business are not so different. They both require hard work, dedication and can be lots of fun. When times get tough remember there are others out there with the same experience as you and you are not alone. If you feel alone we run three networking events each month for you. Come and check us out get the support you need in small business.

Do you think teaching and small business is the same?

Keep going, you are doing great.

Julie xx

Why you need Holidays?

Bridge Monkey Forrest Bali

It’s early morning in Ubud Bali, the rooster are crowing, the birds are cooing, the cicada’s are cricketing and the kids are stirring to wake up.  There is a cool smells of humidity in the jungle in the air. I have a few minutes of quiet time before our day starts.  Holidays are vital and I can’t think of anything better to spend my hard earnt cash on.  What is is about holidays that we so need? What is it about getting away from our lives which is so important? This why you need holidays?

The world is bigger and more different then what your brain imagines

These days we are so bombarded with so much information and we are over stimulated up to our eyeballs.  Our senses are assaulted more than ever. In fact our poor old eye balls are hanging out of their head with scrolling overload.  We are constantly being consumed through the internet, the papers and magazines.  In the 80’s and 90’s people where concerned about magazines and the impact on us. Now we have even more thrown at us. It’s bloody tiring.  Being away you see the most awesome stuff gives you a break and time to unplug.

Yesterday (when I was on holidays a few weeks ago) I saw the smallest frog in the world, actually I didn’t spot it, my friend daughter did.  Not only where the kids thrilled, I was too.  Yes I could see this on the internet and in fact I didn’t even know frogs got that small. It was about the size of my toddlers small fingernail. It was incredible, sitting in the indent in the stairs.  I love that holidays present you with the new and help your brain grow and exposes you to new people, situations and ways of living.

Lotus Flower with Frog

It’s worth the money

Holidays cost money and they are so worth it.  You work hard and you deserve to spend on yourself. I get really annoyed when I get told “You are so lucky” or  “I want your life”. I have worked my guts out my whole life to set up my life, it’s far from perfect, it’s far from rich but I do live in Australia. I have budgeted since I was born for everything I want. I squirrel away money and even on holidays I am on a budget.  I make choices all the time to live a simple and cheaper life so I can spend my money on holidays with my family.  It’s about choices, do you want to buy the extra cakes when you go for coffee or put those extra $5 away for a family holiday. It does make a difference.

Experience and head space

The experience and the head space are the two underlying factors for holidays. You get to see how others live,  you get to appreciate your life and how you are doing ok. Most importantly you get head space. You get out of yourself and your brain frees itself from all the niggling jobs, nigglings annoyances of the daily grind,  you get time to think, you get time to process and you get time to step away to re-access how you really want to live your life.  We only have one and you never know when it’s going to end.  It resets your buttons to go home, work on your business, your work, your life and more importantly book another great holiday.

Things do go wrong on holidays

Remember holidays are not perfect and things do go wrong.  Kids get sick, you can get ripped off, you can get sick, flights can get cancelled and you can loss your cool and your kids will get tired but this all happens at home anyway.  This trip our flights were cancelled and we were rescheduled from a 3 and a half hour flight home to an 18 hour flight via Sydney home. Did I care?  Not one bit.  I love flying. The best part was that on my cheap trip we didn’t have anything on my epic redirection I got food,  wine and I got to watch two recent movies.  Those two movies were the only movies I watch all holiday. Winning.

If you need a good holiday, can’t remember the last time you got away, I mean really got away. Start squirreling money away and book yourself the holiday. You deserve it and remember one day you will die and you can’t do it then.  Cut out the extra’s in your life and set a budget and get saving.  Not only will you have fun booking, finding accommodation and getting ready. You will have a wonderful experience.

Where are you booking to go on holiday next?

Have a great day.

Cheers Julie xx