Ever wonder how you can keep your business running with minimal effort? Today on Financial Fluency, I’m excited to have Carrie Hawson with me. Carrie is The Process Pixie, and she helps female entrepreneurs and business owners construct processes to run their businesses efficiently.
In her prior life, Carrie was a CPA and worked for a corporate company preparing and reviewing US tax returns for expatriates. Her company transferred her to Belgium—where she currently calls home with her husband. For Carrie, moving back to the U.S. wasn’t an option when her former company extended the then-contract and asked her to travel back to America. She decided to stay in Belgium. Before founding The Process Pixie in September of 2016, Carrie opened her own yoga class offering prenatal and postnatal yoga lessons in a private setting. Her yoga business allowed her to enter the online world where she tried to market her brand in a niche market. During this time, Carrie met other women who needed to grow their business, too, but needed a way off the hamster wheel in order to scale up.
On the show, Carrie recounts her first time working with processes. In college, she had a job at a real estate company, and part of her job was to train the person who was going to fill her role when she went back to school. First, Carrie made a checklist of what needed to get done, so it was easy to train her successor. This comprehensive list is now what she calls "workflows" in her business.
Our conversation includes Carrie’s best advice on how to regain time and power back from the mundane tasks. She suggests the following:
- Streamline as much as you can before handing it off;
- You don’t have to hire someone online; you can get a free resource. Hire an intern from your local college or university to help you get things done;
- Outsource any repetitive tasks that you’re doing or tasks you don’t like doing, and the stuff you don’t have time to do;
- Hire for the things you don’t know how to do.
Carrie currently offers three packages to help her clients automate, systemize, and get their time back. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, Carrie has the skills and knowledge to help get you out of the weeds. Her goal is to help clients focus on the high-level tasks they most enjoy doing in their business.
Carrie Shares Her Personal Message
“Simple systems! When it comes to finance you want to keep it simple. Work with an expert or experts. But make sure that you are educated enough to ask them informed questions. And if they can't explain things to you in extremely simple terms, then they have no idea what they are talking about.”
“You should only be doing the things that you cannot be replaced for.” So you can either:
- Automate so things are happening without needing your input.
- Outsource and delegate to someone else.
To find out more about Carrie and how she can help you keep your business running with minimal effort, visit her website: http://theprocesspixie.com/
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/theprocesspixieposse/
Carrie’s star chart - Use it to track your progress towards goals or savings.
Carrie Hawson is The Process Pixie. She helps female entrepreneurs and small business owners, who are running service-based businesses online. She adores helping them find the fun in creating systems. This allows them to experience more freedom in their lives.
Carrie is a mompreneur and sometimes she can get overwhelmed with kids, work, and life. But ever since she was a child, she has been good at creating plans to achieve her goals and then executing those plans. Carrie has 15+ years of experience creating systems for a wide range of businesses. And she has a lot of fun doing it!