Preparing for the Future

Planning and preparing for the future

This month’s B-Bar Link up focuses on the future – preparing for and creating a better future for yourself. As a small business owner, I’m always thinking about my future – how I can make myself more financially secure, improve my work-life balance, and ensure long-term career success. 

What am I doing to prepare for my future?

My current preparations for the future can be divided into short and long-term tasks.

  • SHORT-TERM:
    • Improving/tweaking the checkout process on the premade blog shop experience to be more streamlined and get all the information from clients.
    • Developing a schedule in which I feel balanced and content. I just finished the $100 Startup. One idea discussed is doing a little bit of work every day. 12-hour days, 5-days a week are awful, but 5-8 hour days, seven days a week might be more manageable. I’m trying to find my perfect schedule of client work as well as developing the White Oak brand.
  • LONG TERM:
    • Networking: Slowly but surely I’m trying to expand my network. I probably don’t dedicate as much time as I should to this. In the last few months, I’ve done a few things to start this process – join 2 Mastermind groups, join AIGA, and started blogging regularly.
    • Personal Projects: I firmly believe in the importance of having something for yourself. Whatever that may be, and it might not be related directly to your field of interest. Personal projects/hobbies help with balance.

What should you do to start creating a better future for yourself?

Continual education is critical to me; my grandfather ingrained it in me, and I believe it has contributed to my success as a self-taught freelancer.  Whether listening to a podcast, reading a book or blog, or going to a lecture, I try to do one thing a day that will directly contribute to learning. At the beginning of the year, I identified different areas that I wanted to focus on and use these priority areas as a way to make sure that I’m targeted with my decisions. Instead of knowing a little about a bunch of different things, I’ve chosen to focus on web design and WordPress development. I’m also interested in small business development and freelancing. Most of the things I listen to or read deal with these topics.

It is important not to get caught up in the “future”. What you do now should be enjoyed and embraced. To invest in my future, I try to make today as valuable as it can be. 

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  • Meet Lindsay Humes

    Hi! I’m the designer and owner behind White Oak Creative. I partner with creative entrepreneurs, lifestyle publishers and content creators to design the best brand identity to grow their audience and brand. My blog is full of resources on Branding, WordPress, SEO, and more!

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    32 thoughts on “Preparing for the Future

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    2. Jordana @WhiteCabana

      Ooh…I’m liking the news of your blog shop. I’ve been eyeing your designs and going back and forth between a few. I’ve included “blog redesign” in my future post, and so I’ll be in touch! (soon, I hope!)

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      1. Lindsay Humes

        Thanks, Jordana! I don’t think I will be changing up any of the products (maybe 1 addition), but I’m going to be tweaking a few things in the store! If you have any questions about anything, just let me know!

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    4. Jess Zimlich

      Networking is something that’s on my radar, too. I feel like I’ve found the group(s) of people I fit in with best and I’ve built true relationships. Sometimes that makes it hard for me to put myself out there to meet other people because I’m constantly worried that I won’t be able to invest the time in the relationships I’ve already cultivated if I keep adding to the pot. I guess this circles back around to balance…doesn’t it? 🙂 That mastermind group is going to be really good for us, I can tell already!

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        1. Jess Zimlich

          🙂 Thank you. I’m not perfect by any means, but it’s really something I try to remain conscious of – especially the older I get. I’m really thankful that our paths crossed!

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    6. Kelly

      Continuing education is so important but so hard! With everything else going on in life, it’s easy to push it to the side. I gotta jump on this horse myself…

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    7. Carly

      These are great ideas. I’m trying to find a way to better fit outside work into my schedule. I know I’m going to have to carve it out, otherwise I’ll just keep missing it.

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      1. Lindsay Humes

        Overwhelming is just the tip of it! It’s humbling and also scary. I’m trying to use the book – You Know Everybody – to help me create a plan of attack for how I should approach it!

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      1. Lindsay Humes

        I could agree more, Anita! It is definitely something I’ve really struggled with – I always procrastinate my personal projects in favor of doing client work! Thanks for commenting!

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