Chances are you've been surrounded by workflows your entire life. Perhaps you noticed it, but maybe not.
At home, dirty laundry goes into the laundry basket, then to the washer, then to the dryer, then ironed, then folded, then back into their closet or dresser until you're ready to use them again. Dishes go from the table to the sink, washed, rinsed, dried, then put away. These are simply examples of a workflow, and some steps may vary from house to house – but you get the general idea.
A workflow is a systematic process created to dictate how to do something repeatedly. Households have them, businesses have them, yet a lot of people who work from home, especially in the creative businesses, leave out the the important step of establishing a workflow.
Perhaps they think the time and effort spent creating a workflow would be better spent doing the actual work. And let's face it, when you're working in a more creative field — such as writing, painting, crocheting, or even fashion design — it's hard to think of it in terms of a systematic process. Creativity itself almost seems to be the opposite of systematic. Inspiration strikes at random — you can't necessarily plan for it.
Nonetheless, establishing workflows for your at-home business is essential to keeping you organized and on track. They help you be more efficient with your time and more productive. And once set up, they will increase the quality of your output. So we are going to take some times and set up our workflows.
Establishing workflows for your at-home business is essential to keeping you organized and on track.
Yes, workflows. Plural. You will need more than one. First step, let's figure out just how many you need. To do that, write out a list of all the processes you use in your business. Here are some examples of workflows that I use:
- Blog Posts
- Social Media
- Client Onboarding
- Payment and Invoicing
- Courses and Webinars
- Idea or inspiration
- Write Draft