10 Lessons I Learned in my First Year of Business

Invest in yourself

Investing in yourself is KEY for your growth as an online business owner. When I first started my business, I was a apprehensive about investing in myself because I wasn’t bringing in a TON of money.  I QUICKLY  realized that making investments in my business and in MYSELF was going to get me results FAST.   And that’s exactly what happened.  Once I started working with a coach, my business took off.  There was less overwhelm and wondering if what I was doing was right and effective.  I knew exactly what my next action steps were.

You can’t compare yourself to others

Oh, the comparison game. We’ve all been there.  Especially with social media!  I’ve played this game one too many times and am always left feeling so much worse about myself so I really try to refrain from doing it. I used to compare myself in terms of social media following, page views, likes, and email subscribers, etc.   Although it’s important to evaluate what others are doing and work towards making ourselves more better as a whole and definitely profitable, we cannot let ourselves get drained by the comparison game.

It’s okay to take a day off

After being in the corporate world for 20 years, and working EVERY SINGLE vacation, it was a huge mindshift for me to actually truly take a day off.  Honestly, it’s still a little difficult for me to take a full on vacation. However, owning my own business is a game changer.  I just LOVE it so much and enjoy being part of the community I have created.  However, I understand time away is necessary.  It’s so great to get a clear mind and to realign with the vision I have for myself and for my business.

Charge what you are worth

I know this will be difficult for some, but I know how it is in the beginning.  You just want clients and you are willing to sacrifice your worth and your experience just to get someone to say yes.  RARELY does this ever work out.  If you value yourself and what you have to offer, others will too.  Trust me.

Don’t accept clients that don’t feel right

The beauty of being a business owner is we have the freedom to turn away any clients that may not be the right fit for us.  One of the ways I do this is to require a quick phone call before someone signs up for one of my coaching programs.  This is a way for me to get to know my potential client and for the client to get to know me.  Mutually we decide if we are a good fit and if we would like to work together.  You want to create a relationship that is mutually beneficial. This eliminates any potential issues down the road.

Patience is a virtue

I am probably the LEAST patient person, so I still struggle with this.  I want everything done and I want it done NOW!  But a lot time is spent in your first year building that foundation.  And so many things will change!  Heck, Facebook changes almost daily!

Work with a business coach

As a coach, I’m not going to lie, but I can tell so many new business owners are skeptical about hiring a coach.  They want to earn money in their business FIRST, before hiring a coach.  WRONG!!!  You are wasting so much time and money, but doing things that are potentially not right steps for your business.  Working with a coach will help to keep you accountable and give you the steps and insight to scale your business to heights you never dreamed of!  Having a business coach is also an incredible support system.

Establish relationships with others in your niche

It’s so important to establish a good relationships with at least a few other people in your niche. Your first few years of business are going to be filled with lots of ups and downs so having a friend or two to celebrate your wins with is absolutely essential.  You can find many other entrepreneurs in Facebook groups.  This is a great place to look for others to collaborate with as well!

Be flexible

As a small business owner, you’re going to have to learn to roll with the punches!  Although I have the ability to set my own hours, take long long breaks when I want or run to Target in the middle of the day, I do tend to work longer hours.  But I truly LOVE what I do and wouldn’t have it any other way.  I know time freedom is on the horizon, and that wasn’t even an option when I was in my 9 to 5.

Confidence

When I first entered this online space, I was uncomfortable with this uncharted territory I had entered.  I loathed Facebook Lives and was afraid to share my story.  I have gotten so much better with going Live and being open and honest with my community.  This wasn’t something that happened quickly, so I suggest consistency and patience.  Go at your own pace.

How about YOU?

I hope you have enjoyed reading these 10 lessons I have learned in my first year as an online entrepreneur.  2017 was an AMAZING year for me and I can’t wait to see the growth that happens in the Two Week Notice Society community.  It’s going to be a fantastic 2018!

If you’re a small business owner, what’s the best lesson you’ve learned in your business? Feel free to share in the comments or hop on over to the Two Week Notice Society Community and share with us there!