Hey there friend! Kahlea here! I’m excited to be finally publishing my first guest post on my blog written by an amazing woman named Kristabel. She’s talking all about managing being in college and running a business (my daily struggle) and how you can find a balance between the two. Check it out down below!
College is expensive and difficult. It’s also one of the best times to start a business. Then, there’s a need to learn to find a balance. If you’re going to start a business just because it sounds cool, you should quit now; it will break you. College and business are huge tasks to deal with individually, so combining them will not be easy.
Usually, most college students start their first business as an outlet for creativity, and, of course, to make money. After your first few bucks, you might get hooked and feel the need to do more work and get more cash. From then, it becomes stressful. Here’s how you can ease your burden, and still stay productive without losing your sanity:
1. PLAN: Let’s be a little cliche. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. It’s as simple as that. When I first became a virtual assistant, I used to work all day, every day, even on an 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. school day. I was working for long hours – because I didn’t plan – and it was completely unnecessary. All I needed to do was plan my day. I started using a calendar, and two clients later I now work less hours for more money. I also now have enough time to eat, sleep, and read. We all have 24 hours, and not even energy drinks can increase them. The sooner you start planning your time the more efficient you become.
2. BE DISCIPLINED: I have a lecturer that checks his emails twice a day: at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Any emails sent in between would have to wait till the time he checks his emails. If you discipline yourself to work only according to your schedule, you can optimise your 24 hours and not feel like the walking dead.
3. DELEGATE: At some point in your business you will have to delegate tasks to other people. The key is to know when so as not to overwhelm yourself with work. Find a like minded business partner who you can trust to help you out in your business. Two heads are definitely better than one. The sooner you realize that the better; it’s twice the adventure and twice the fun. An added advantage is you can have someone to talk to who understands and can help you whenever it gets too overwhelming.
4. USE CHEAP RESOURCES: Your school can be a testing field for so many concepts. Instead of spending time researching online you can always test out new ideas on your classmates. This saves you both time and money. It’s often said that if you can convince students to become your customers, you can convince anybody. Universities also give opportunities to gain credits in courses that also help your business grow, so you could take courses that teach you how to better your business. It’s a win-win situation for you.
5. PRIORITIZE: To willingly add an extra activity while in school coupled with the load of stuff you have to do is a lot to juggle. This usually means forgoing things that may be of pleasure to you. Depending on the kind of business you do, it could mean less time hanging out with friends watching Netflix. Hence the saying: “work now, have fun later.” You have to have your priorities in a row. Understanding the concept of sacrifice will save you a lot of energy.
6. SUPPORT SYSTEM: Always have a support system. A backup to fall on whenever it gets too difficult. You can always call your parents if you have a good relationship with them. It’s also beneficial have trusted friends who understand and can talk with you about what’s going on in your life. Like I said earlier, a partner could be useful in this regard.
7. MAKE TIME FOR OTHER STUFF: Having and maintaining relationships will always be important within and outside your business. No one wants to be friends with someone who never has time for other stuff. Go to the beach, take a day off, relax and unwind. Whatever it takes to ease the stress, and it’s SANE, do it. Go for checkups and watch your health. Exercise! It releases endorphins and makes you happy. You can’t do a business if you’re dead.
At some point you may have to choose between college and your business. Hopefully by then you’re out of college, or brave enough to make the right decision. A business could also be something you decide to sell or continue. Either way, it’s a good learning and training experience on how the real world looks like.
About the Author:
Kristabel is a woman with many passions and talents. She’s a a Christian, medical student, blogger, virtual assistant and a violin lover, so she knows the difficulty between balancing many duties at once. She started blogging as an effort to inspire others and hopes that as you read her stories it inspires you to start or rewrite yours.