5 lessons I learnt from starting a business
It’s a crazy that after years of fantasising about starting a business, I finally did it. It was the 31st of December when I first launched my business and it’s been a crazy rollercoaster ride since.
Yes it has been wonderful having the freedom to work when and wherever I like and having awesome wins that have allowed me to continue travelling, and buy a ticket home without having the stress of going back to a 9-5 job.
However no one sees the BTS, no one sees the breakdowns, the anxiety that keeps you awake until 4am because you don’t know where your next client is coming from. It’s saying yes to a client and learning along the way. It’s the fear of thinking you’re going to fail (guess what? you are! But you will also get up again and keep going). It’s all these things and more. It’s a bloody rollercoaster.
So during the time of running my business, I have learnt the following 5 lessons:
Taking action is key
Sitting there worrying about whether or not your idea will work is a waste of time, and not healthy for you. Sitting there thinking you can’t take this job because of doubt is not healthy for you and not profitable for your business. Take action! If you don’t take action you stay exactly where you are. Isn’t it worth taking the action bring scared as hell, rather than looking back in 5 years time and thinking ‘damn I should have done that’
Start before you’re ready
You don’t have to have it all figured out and perfect. Just start from where you are! You will learn everything along the way. Yes, sometimes you won’t know what you’re doing but the truth is - no one really knows what the hell they are doing either!
Get your mindset right
Henry Ford once said “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.” Get your mindset right, get the crap out of your head that is preventing you from success and greatness. Because you deserve to live a life that is great, so stop letting your mind tell you otherwise.
Set your own hours
Otherwise, you’re not going to be able to set boundaries with clients, you’re going to be expected at ungodly hours. Have a routine and stick to it.
You’re now CEO
Yes you are, so act like it. If you get side tracked by social media, your boss is going to pull you in line, your growth, success and decisions are all on you now. Rise up and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Have you started a business? What are the 5 lessons you learnt?