This is going to be a bit more of a casual Business Babbles post. When Jenny and I interview for magazines, a question that almost always comes up is, "With school and extracurriculars, how do you guys ever find time to manage a business?"
Being a high school student is tough. In addition to many APs, Jenny is in so many time-consuming activities that it still amazes me how she always makes time for us. As for me, college is no break either. You choose what's important to you in college, and I choose academics; I study up to 70 hours a week, which leaves me with no time for sleep or extracurriculars except for Antoinette's Boutique and a special few activities.
Tips on finding time to manage your business as a student.
Before you even launch your business, are you a slacker or a procrastinator? Probably not if you're ambitious enough to think about starting a business! But before you even start, make sure you have the motivation and discipline to keep a business running. I always say this, and I'll say it again here: starting a business is EASY and exciting; the hard part is keeping your business afloat.
2) Plan and organize!
Those close to me know that I meticulously plan my schedule. One of my friends even called me a robot (haha). I plan when I eat, shower, study, and relax. I leave gaps between things to do so I can work at my own pace; I even plan when to procrastinate so I can get the laziness out of my system. It does sound a little robotic, doesn't it? But this has worked tremendously well for me in college. It's all about time management. Be sure you do what you need to get where you want to go. Trust me, it's all worth it.
3) Use your breaks wisely.
This kind of goes with the previous tip. Know where your business wants to go. How many collections and how often are you going to stock your inventory? Jenny and I plan our business around our academic schedules, using our breaks to get a bunch of stuff done so that less work is required when school starts again. We have a list of endless ideas and for our handmade jewelry, we often make the pieces ahead and spend the rest of the time planning our PR and marketing strategy for the year.