Do you set aside time to work on your business rather than just completing one task after another, taking care of your clients but not your own business? A common challenge for freelancers is getting buried in the day-to-day work, meeting deadlines, and keeping up with communication.

 

Today, I am sharing the importance of having a CEO day in your business at least once per month. You’ll learn what a CEO day is and the things that you should be accomplishing and reflecting on, and how to use this time to get unstuck in things that are holding you back.

 

I will give you the questions to ask yourself during your CEO day to create a successful business and client delivery. With these tools, you will have a successful freelance business and get excited about showing up for yourself and your clients.

 

Here are some things we covered in this episode:

  • The benefit of having a CEO day in your business
  • What a CEO day is and how to schedule it
  • How to prepare for your CEO day and what to do during your time
  • Why journaling is so important
  • Tips to jumpstart your reflection time
  • Questions to ask yourself to help you get unstuck
  • How asking yourself questions during your CEO day can help you from making impulsive decisions that will only put a bandaid on the real issues you are dealing with 
  • Why recording your accomplishments is so important
  • Why not setting aside time to think is a huge mistake
  • Ask yourself the following questions on your CEO day:
  • How do I feel about my business?
  • How do I feel about what I’m doing in my business?
  • Does my business still light me up and make me excited to come into work?
  • Which clients are on the chopping block?
  • How do I feel about the amount of work I’m putting in? 
  • Have I had any big or side projects on tap this month? 
  • Did I make progress on them? 
  • Or did I backburner things that I really wanted to improve? 
  • I have clients giving me feedback this month that I should use to update my marketing materials or if constructive criticism could be used to improve processes and quality? 
  • Am I still doing things that I shouldn’t be doing? What tasks am I still handling myself that a CEO, which is what you are in your company, should not be doing? 
  • If I have outsourced work to others, how is that process going? 
  • You can grade that on that 1 to 10 scale you used above.
  • How do I feel about the services I’m providing? 
  • Am I still excited to complete the work? 
  • Are there any new services or passive income or other projects I’d like to consider? 
  • What’s one thing I would like to tackle in the next month? Set the intention of where I go from here.
  • What is the next thing that I really want to achieve? And accomplish?

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Laura Briggs is empowering the freelance generation. Through her public speaking, coaching, and writing, she helps freelancers build the business of their dreams without sacrificing all their time, family, or sanity. Laura burned out as an inner-city middle school teacher before becoming an accidental freelancer with a Google search for “how to become a freelance writer.” Since then, she’s become a contributor to Entrepreneur, Business Insider, and Writer’s Weekly. She worked for more than 300 clients around the world including Microsoft, Truecar, and the Mobile Marketing Association. She’s delivered two TEDx talks on the power of the freelance economy for enabling freedom and flexibility and how it’s being used to address the technical skills gap in the U.S. Laura is the host of the Advanced Freelancing podcast, a sought-after public speaker on the gig and digital freelance economy, and a freelance coach focused on aspiring six-figure freelancers. Laura’s books, courses, and coaching have reached over 10,000 people.

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