Tips for becoming an excellent fashion entrepreneur
As a fashion entrepreneur, sometimes you feel like you're scattered and your results do not really reflect your efforts. As soon as you make this kind of statement, it is better to immediately take the bull by the horns. Indeed, you cannot afford to be unproductive, whether you are a beginner or a professional. The good news is that by following a few simple tips, you can become an excellent fashion entrepreneur.
Have the right tools
To be more effective, you must have the right tools. The agenda is one of these tools. You can choose between a paper calendar and an electronic calendar. Some people prefer the electronic agenda because of its practical side since we spend our days with our phone. Others prefer the paper diary which, even if it is not as practical as the first one, makes it possible to forget nothing. In any case, you need an agenda. You can register your tasks and activities to avoid scheduling conflicts. In addition, there are tools for filing emails that save time. The days when you have to spend hours searching your inbox for an old mail sent by a customer are over. Learn how to work with this kind of digital tools and you will discover effective and useful options. There are a lot of tools on internet that you can download and install easily. For example, you have todoist.com, which is a functional task manager that allows you to delegate tasks, share projects or even view your productivity, freedly.com which gives you the possibility to do a watch without having to do any research, IFTTT which connect your favorite apps to save you time, and more.
Organize your workspace
This may seem trivial, but in fact, the organization of the workspace is also very important. Have you ever been on the brink of a heart attack because you cannot find a purchase order? If you've never been a victim, that's good. And it would be better if it never happened to you. The solution for that is to have a tidy office. In fact, it's a bit like your email. If you organize well, you can always find your files easily. Some designers like to use post-its. Of course, this is not a bad thing in itself. But the problem that will arise is that these post-it will be found sooner or later under piles of files and will be invisible. The best thing to do is to keep your most important things close to you, and the less important ones can be stored as you go in a closet.
Don’t be afraid to put limits on yourself. For example, if you plan to do certain tasks, but clearly see that you will not have enough time to finish everything, put the least important tasks to the next day. In addition, it is important to know how to say no when you are overwhelmed. Some designers have a hard time saying no, for fear of running away from customers. But a customer will be even more dissatisfied if you give him a favorable answer and then the result is not. In addition, when planning your schedule, you must also take into account your pace. There are, for example, people who are more efficient in the morning, others who are more efficient in the afternoon or at the end of the day. You must therefore reserve the period when you are most efficient for the heaviest jobs. And most importantly, do not forget to set realistic deadlines for customer delivery.
Everything in its time
Do you have an important order to deliver? Get up to speed! When it's time to work, go for it thoroughly and seriously. In this period, avoid anything that could distract you or prevent you from advancing on the command. If necessary, be even paranoid, and if possible, plan a B, C or even D to prevent different aspects that could go wrong. Of course, this advice does not apply to all your tasks, otherwise you will be unproductive. This is only valid for the most important tasks.
Even if you have all the weight of the world on your shoulders, you must learn to let go sometimes. Give yourself breaks, real breaks. No way to check your emails while you relax, or answer the call of a customer. All about the job, forget it! Take a walk to the beach, go out with friends or your spouse, do a catch-up session for all your favorite shows you did not have time to follow, etc. By giving your brain a break, you allow it to be more productive afterwards. Relaxing is just as important as each of the tips given above. Do not hesitate! Your brain will thank you, as well as your bank account.