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5 Tips to Succeeding as a Prepaid Dealer with a Full-Time Job

by on 04/08/2013 - 11:44 pm

Category: Business Management

One of the advantages of being a prepaid dealer is that you don’t need to take it on as a full-time job. Unfortunately, it can be particularly overwhelming for those who are forced to juggle a 9 to 5 alongside a monthly activation quota. 

However, here are five simple steps to help you succeed as a prepaid dealer even with a full-time job.

 

Manage Your Time

Time management is an important skill when managing a business, and becomes particularly critical when trying to juggle a prepaid dealership with a fulltime job. It’s important that you schedule your days accordingly, but not in a way that’s too idealistic. Be practical about how long it takes for you to do a certain task; whether it’s driving to the office, or dealing with potential customers. While you don’t have to be strict about following your schedule to the minute (like hanging-up on a customer just because you have to do your laundry), it does give you a better idea of what tasks need to be sacrificed in turn, or managed more efficiently.

 

Prioritize Your Task List

Having a to-do list just isn’t good enough these days. It’s important to be able to prioritize what tasks are more important than others. Make sure to separate tasks from your day job and your side line. Don’t simply list down what you have to do for the day (or the week) but immediately note which tasks deserve your immediate attention which tasks can wait. This keeps you from becoming overwhelmed even when there’s too much to do on a single day.

 

Delegate the Things You Can

There will always be just 24 hours in a day. No matter how much you cram into your daily planner, some things are bound not to get finished. This is why delegation is particularly important for those of us who can afford it (whether it’s through hired staff or the help of your spouse). You might be put off with delegating mission critical tasks to people less capable than you, but that’s why it always pays off to invest in a good staff. Having reliable support personnel can go a long way to alleviating more clerical concerns, and give you the free hand to focus your attention on things like growing your business, marketing, and meeting your sales targets.

 

Set Goals for the Long and Short Term

Remember, setting realistic goals means having goals where you can write down a concrete plan of how to achieve it. Even if that plan changes in time, it’s important that you’re able to visualize what needs to be achieved and how to achieve it. Set goals for yourself on a long term basis, like where you want your prepaid dealership to be in three years. And set goals for yourself on a short term basis, like how many activations you aim to do in a month. But make sure that your short term goals add up to your long term goal. Having the most visited online prepaid website in your state doesn’t work if your short term goals don’t include building a website to start.

 

Get Ready to Work Weekends

Having a side job means that you’re giving yourself more work. There’s no two ways around it. The sooner you accept this, the quicker you’ll be able to focus your abilities to succeeding as a prepaid dealer. If you already have a full-time job, your weekends become that sacred time for you to focus on your prepaid side line. This is where time management and prioritizing really begins to shine. If you plan it properly, you can get a lot done in 48 hours, and still have time for both yourself and your family.


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