Highlight: How to Work Smarter as an entrepreneur

I am so honored to have been featured on “Disrupt the Continuum” a Launch TN Podcast. This podcast tells the stories of entrepreneurs, investors and ecosystem builders who challenge the status quo and carve their own paths. Tune in to find out how industry leaders got where they are today. These captivating stories of innovation will motivate you to make your next move. In this episode of Disrupt the Continuum, I share productivity hacks, workflow strategies, and key resources I've found on my journey as an entrepreneur.

Working on vs. working in your business

For Proffitt, the Catalyst program at EO Nashville represented a turning point in her life as a small business owner. There, she explained, she learned “how to run my business and work in it versus on it, and knowing that you have to have a little bit of time for both.” It comes down to dedicating time to learning how to develop and improve your business, not just to keeping it afloat day-to-day. Though finding that time can be challenging, it’s essential for growth. “Something I’ve taught myself is to timeblock on my schedule once a week to spend at least two hours on forums to work on the business, not in it,” she said. “All the distractions go away, and that’s time for me to learn about a new app, or whatever it is.”

An entrepreneur’s education

Entrepreneurs of all stages can find a wealth of opportunities for education and growth in Tennessee. “Nashville has done a great job with all the leadership and the schools here,” said Proffitt. She is a member of the global Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s local chapter, EO Nashville, which connects to an international ecosystem of innovators. “I believe we have about 13,000 members of some of the smartest people in the whole world,” she said. “I talk to people all over the world about what’s working, what’s not working. And so the tools and the value I have gotten from EO — it’s a give-get.”

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