Entrepre- New Her : 5 Things You Learn When You Start Working For Yourself
Congrats! You've done it! You've taken an idea and you've made it your reality. That part was a piece of cake! In business, I've learned that the hardest part of starting a business is all the changes and things you start to notice and learn about yourself. There's a huge difference in having one job title at a 9-5 and having EVERY job title for your own company. When someone asks, "Can I speak to the manager", it will be you? When bills are due, you pay them. When something breaks or goes wrong, you fix it. Here a 5 things I wish I knew before venturing into business for myself!
1. No Days Off
What is a day off? As an entrepreneur you are always working on developing your business. When you aren't working on that you are a personified representation of your business or brand. While everyone else is enjoying the weekend, you're probably working on business plans, schedules, servicing clients or researching ways to make your business better. You have to understand the concept of "Work now, play later." As a blogger, a lot of events that I go to are just for content purposes. While I do have fun because I love what I do, I'm also working, critiquing and observing for my blog posts. to remedy this, be sure to love what you do!
2. You're Not Perfect and It's Okay.
You are not perfect. I'm not perfect. I'm pretty sure there might be someone who does not want to work with me or someone who wasn't satisfied with a service I provided. We all make mistakes. This is part of the learning process that comes with owning a business. Just because you've started a business, don't expect to be an expert. Experience is key!
3. This Shit is Hard
In a social media driven era, being an entrepreneur seems super glam! It's not. I still haven't met a woman who wears a full face of makeup, a well put together outfit, no stress and waves her finger and things are done and perfect. There's a lot of blood, sweat and most definitely, tears that goes into making a business run like a well oiled machine.
4. Don't Make It or Take It Personal
When you first start on a venture, business, event, idea or anything, the first people you expect to support you are your family and friends. More often than not, they will not be running to your store in droves, booking you or logging on to your website buying everything you have to sell. Don't take it personal. I still haven't figured out why this is so, and after a while I stopped caring. Also, if you are going to work with family members be sure to make all interactions about work impersonal. Business is Business.
5. Trust Issues.
The most successful people don't have all the answers, but they know how to manage the people that do. If you don't know how to do something, find someone who does. If you don't have the time to do certain tasks, find someone who can do them. When you bring people on your team, you have to trust their contribution to your company. Don't be a dreaded micro manager, don't babysit your employees/interns. Let them know what you need done and follow up with them for progress updates. Let go of those trust issues! This will increase productivity and efficiency within your company and decrease your stress level.