5 Pieces of Advice for All Entrepreneurs!
So what do you?
I am an entrepreneur and run my own Life Coaching business.
Can tell you something? It took me a LONG time to say those words. I would sit with sweaty palms, skirting my eyes around others at networking functions. They were in their company tops, job titles, and working hours. Me — well I was holding fast to a new journey, unsure of where I was going and glad that I had make-up for the networking function.
So if that was or is you, here is some advice for you on your entrepreneurial journey:
1. Own it
Could you imagine a Surgeon saying “umm, well, I guess I, umm, do some medical stuff in the medical industry?”
I found in the beginning that it was hard for me to own that I was an entrepreneur. As I got more clear about my vision and treating my journey as a business I embody entrepreneur when speaking to people. Be proud of the risk that you’re willing to step into, and of the life that you’re creating. So own it.
2. Be ready for the emotions
You have a vision before others do, people hurl their own insecurities at you and you will have moments of intense doubt. The biggest lesson one can learn is to ride the wave. I know it sounds trite, but you have to think about the larger vision, your plan and what you want to create in life. You can’t seek affirmation from many people and instead should seek it only from a small group of people in your life who will uphold you and be critical (as needed) on your path.
3. Remember to have fun
“When was the last time you had fun?”
I ask this question often with my life coaching clients. What I have experienced and see in many entrepreneurs is becoming so consumed with work that we forget to have fun. Fun is how you ground yourself, how you re-align and you often find inspiration in those moments. So make a list of the 10 things that you LOVE to do, which bring you fun. Pull it out when you’re in a slump, need to clear your head, or need inspiration.
4. Get out from behind your computer
“It’s so nice to be breathing the same air as other people” — is something that I often say.
I have noticed over the past 3 years, that spend so much time behind a computer, on Zoom, on social media, and meeting with clients via Skype. Meeting, networking and collaborating face-to-face is still an important part of building your business. I encourage you to find local networking meetings, business groups, and sporting/hobby groups to become involved in. Social media is helpful but doesn’t replace true human connection
5. Upskill, but don’t get FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)
“Do you think I should join this program?”
I do think that IT IS wise to invest in coaches, programs and courses. ONLY IF you: have the time and the commitment to implement the course content into your business. If you do your research and know that the coach is truly aligned with what you want to work through, then hire them. The same advice is true for enrolling in courses.
BUT, I have a lot of courses that I have paid for that I never started or completed. When I look back, most of the impulsive buying was out of not wanting to miss out or trying to follow those around me.
Be discerning when investing.
So those are my 5 big tips for you.
I would love to know what one struck you?
Do you have any that you’d add to the list?