When it comes to being your own boss, there are things that you do every day that can either make or break your success. The only person supporting you, keeping you accountable, and making sure you are moving forward, is YOU.
That being said, if you’re a
For me, I don’t leave the house on a work day without a few essential things in my trusty computer bag.
If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen me raving about my black computer bag. This bad boy is SO durable and so spacious. I honestly don’t know what I did without it! I’m pretty tough on my belongings, so having a bag that can survive my day-to-day hustle and bustle is so important.
So far, this is the only bag that has blown me away when it comes to pockets (it has a million), versatility (it can be used as a workout/yoga bag as well as a carry-on and a computer bag- i’ve used it as all three so far), and unique design.
I have the Go Tote in Black (pictured), and I take it absolutely everywhere.
2. My Day Planner
Having a good day planner is essential. While I do use Customer Relationship Management platforms to keep track of the little details, I use my day planner as a backup meeting planner and for everything else non-customer relationship related.
The biggest thing I use it for is personal planning. I will schedule out blog post writing days, Hustle Days, lash appointments, bill due-dates, and everything in between. Because I don’t yet have someone keeping track of things for me, it is crucial that I have a system that works for me so things don’t slip through the cracks. My favorite Day Planner is The Happy Planner.
3. My MacBook Air + Charger
This one is a no-brainer. Wherever I go, my computer goes. If I am at the airport, I’m answering emails during layovers. If I am at a coffee shop, I’m writing blog posts and building websites. I can’t stress enough the power of multitasking when it comes to being a solopreneur. Any time that I have free-time outside of my house, I am working.
Why? So I have more time during the evenings/afternoon to spend with my friends and family. AND you never know when a client emergency may pop up. Being available for your clients at any given time (to a certain extent) creates a huge trust and loyalty.
OBVIOUSLY, put the computer away during dates with friends or significant others or any other time where work is a no-no.
There is a fine line between hustle and
4. My Hydroflask
This is something I take EVERYWHERE with me, especially coffee shops. It is so easy to forget to drink water when you are on-the-go, and especially if you are downing coffee outside your home.
This bottle is so high-quality and worth every penny. It keeps drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. For busy gals, this type of water bottle is a necessity!
5. A Notebook and a Variety of Colored Pens
As I have already mentioned, organization is key. EVERY DAY I wake up and write a color coded to-do list. EX) pink pens mean “personal appointments”, green pens mean “get to this if you can”, and red pens mean “you better get this done today!”.
Having a visual and easy-to-read list makes it less stressful to get things done. If you have your list in your head, you’re way more likely to forget something.
This is another thing I do to make sure projects don’t slip through the cracks on a day-to-day basis.
TJ Maxx and Target have so many amazing notebooks and pens!
Beyond damaging the eyes, exposure to blue light at night disrupts the circadian rhythm that regulates the release of melatonin, preventing us from falling asleep easily and degrading sleep quality.”
And according to my eye doctor, blue light damage is IRREVERSIBLE. I don’t wear normal glasses for sight purposes, but I always wear my non-prescription blue light glasses.
7. My Coffee Shop Loyalty Cards
This may not sound like an essential to you, but when you buy as many coffees as me, you better be utilizing a punch card! Coffee with clients is a tax write-off, but there’s a gray area between what a coffee during a work day can be counted as.
So tax write-off or not, I always make sure to save a few bucks here and there.
Pro tip: TAG the coffee shop you are working at in your stories and