Summer Essentials

Summer Essentials for Small Business Owners

This month, I’m participating in another B-Bar link-up, which poses the question: what are my summer essentials?

I decided to answer this question from my small-business owner perspective. It can be very easy to lose track of time and focus in the summer. With all of the holidays, trips, visits, etc….., if I don’t set goals for what I want to accomplish this summer, I will be disappointed with myself. 

As a small business owner, I wanted to make sure that this season is both productive as well as enjoyable. The summer is full of interruptions, so I’m not trying to establish any new routines other than my morning workout. I want to make sure that my business is taking steps forward while simultaneously making sure that I’m giving myself space and time I need. 

Similar to Meg’s post, I’ve decided that I wanted to accomplish two things this summer – work towards getting certain elements of my business in order and researching/brainstorming for future projects I have on the docket. 

I’m a little more flexible than usual with my schedule this summer. To make sure that I’m not working aimlessly, I’ve made a master to-do list of everything that I want to get done with my business. It includes both little and big things, but by the end of the summer, it is imperative that I have completed it for the next phase of my business. 

This summer, it is also essential that I start researching/brainstorming the next stages of individual elements of my business. This component is integrated into my big to-do list. However, some of this research can be done in the car, at the beach, wherever, which is perfect for traveling in the summer. 

Whether you are a freelancer, small business owner, or side hustler, how do you determine what is essential for you to accomplish this summer? 

Make sure to check out these blogs + their summer essentials: 

26 and Not Counting | Alyssa J Freitas | soak and simmer | The Not Quite Adult | Carrie Loves | The Yuppie Files | PRBlonde | Knowing Kelly | Something Good | Feathers and Stripes | Cassandra Monroe | Otherworldly | Sunny Side Up | Life Modifier | Leigh Clair | Rae Loves | Rose Colored Water | Rossetto | Fashion to a T | PreppyPanache | Emilie Lima Burke | Ember & March | Business Betties | hungry by nature | Mint Julep Girl | Love Peace and shimmer | Rae Everyday | Little Wild Heart | star-crossed smile | Luv in the Bubble | Perfect Enough For Us | LIFE BY BRI | Sorcha Eleanor | Brikasia | Dreams and Colour Schemes | Elana Lyn | Sequins & Strawberries | Pattern Me Pretty | Beauty and the Pitch | White Oak Creative | The Toppy Top | White Cabana | In The Grey | Taryn Williford | Cooper + Thames | Mrs. on the Move | Magnificent Temptations | Meg Biram | Victoria McGinley

  • Jun 18, 2015
  • 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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    36 thoughts on “Summer Essentials

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    11. The Yuppie Files

      I’ve gotten into the mind set that summers are for reassessing & getting things in order, since I’m a teacher. I’m definitely taking that mentality with my blog this summer & kind of doing what you are in terms of getting it organized!

      1. Lindsay Humes

        Yes! When I was writing this post, I thought about my teaching days! I would love to establish some great routines, but it is so difficult with the vacations and visits!

    12. Jess Zimlich

      I’ve had so many summers where I blink and it’s over. I look back and think to myself, uhhh….what exactly did I do, besides enjoy bevs by the pool? haha. I love your take on summer essentials, Lindsay!

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    14. Kelly

      Love this! Taken from the other side, it’s super interesting to remember how business works with all the “fun” you want to have. Great insight 🙂

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      1. Lindsay Humes

        Ah! That’s one of my biggest struggles as well Robyn! Whatever I’ve started to take one list and break it up into two things. Things that must get done now, and phase 2.0. I think its because we are overly ambitious…nothing wrong with it, we just have to prioritize!

    17. Allison Biggs

      I’m in the middle of doing the same thing! I think another thing that is essential for me in the summer is making sure I have all the loose ends of my projects finished before I go on a trip or vacation. It’s the only way I can really relax!

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