HERE ARE THE 5 THINGS I WISH SOMEONE WOULD HAVE TOLD ME BEFORE I STARTED A BUSINESS!
If you haven’t already read my blog on the things I wish I knew before working from home, I’d love for you to check that out here. That blog along with this one pretty much sums up my feelings about all the things I wish I knew beforehand!
1. YOU’RE GONNA HAVE TO FIGHT THE URGE TO ALWAYS WORK
I know a lot of these online influencers and boss babes talk about the freedom of working for yourself. And it is true to a degree. But something no one told me was that I’d be wanting to work when I need to be playing. You see, working is important especially when you are building your own thing, but all work and no play can hurt you in the long run and I learned this the hard way. I found myself working on vacation and “off days”. Hell, I’m even writing this post at 3:00 am! And as much as that is a good problem to have sometimes, it’s still a problem and it will run you into the ground if you let it. Make time for play, creativity, inspiration and all that makes your soul sing. Your business will be better for it in the long run.
2. WORKING FOR YOURSELF CAN BE LONELY AS HELL
To be honest I’m kind of in that phase right now. I’ve been working at home for a solid year already, full-time, and as much as I love it and would never go back to my old life (pre-boss-babe) I wish I would have prepared myself a little more for how lonely it is. Build a network of friends online and in person that will be there for you and understand you and that you commit to seeing on a semi-regular basis. You’ll be much happier on the long run.
3. TREAT IT LIKE A REGULAR JOB – GET UP AND GET DRESSED EVERY SINGLE DAY
This one is huge for me. It may not apply to everyone, but I’ve found that on the days I get dressed, even if it’s just jeans, and I do a little something with my hair and makeup – I’m 100% times more productive. If you want to succeed you have to dress the part. I had to tell myself that just because I’m the boss doesn’t mean I get to wear pajamas to work everyday and its been super important for me and my business growth.