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.
4. IT’S OK TO NOT KNOW EVERYTHING
Unfortunately, I’ve seen a lot of women hold back from diving into their business and going after their dreams because of the fear of not being “prepared enough”. Owning a business is like getting a puppy or having a baby. You truly can only prepare so much, and in order to make something amazing, you have to just go out and try. Don’t let the fear of the unknown hold you back from creating your dream life. Everything truly is figureoutable and you just have to trust yourself through each and every step of the way.
5. BECOME YOUR BIGGEST FAN AND #1 CHEERLEADER
You have to believe and fully committed to yourself, your vision and your dreams more than anyone else if you want to make it really happen!!
When we first started this business I envisioned big things for Joe and I. So much so, that at first, it was very hard for even Joe to understand me sometimes. I would talk about making six figures in year one, traveling the world, and building something big and something truly meaningful. If you want to get a bunch of crazy looks, tell a bunch of people you’re gonna clear 6 figures in your first year of business -haha! I am a big dreamer (Pisces) at my core and I have always believed this to be my biggest advantage in Business.
I didn’t get into this thing to play small and you can’t either. You’ve gotta think, act, and play big in order to make shit happen – and sometimes that means telling your family members at Christmas before you’ve even gone full-time in your business, you’ll be driving a brand new Mercedes by next Christmas. Be unapologetically driven and dedicated to your passion regardless of what anyone else thinks. Because at the end of the day, you owe it to yourself more than anyone else to go as hard as you can for all your hopes and dreams and if I ever stopped for one second when people told me I was crazy of that it was “nice to have big fantasy dreams” I wouldn’t be where I’m at today and the would be an absolute shame.