My business blunders and my advice to you on how to avoid them.
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I came into my home based business super “green” as they say it. Meaning, I had no idea what I was really signing up for. All I knew was that I was…
- Sick and tired of my job.
- Unsure of what to do with myself next.
- Completely enamored with the idea of being my own boss.
- I wanted more for myself and my growing family.
I didn’t know how much I had to learn, or how much there was to gain.
Let’s back up a minute. I was always told to go to college, get a degree, and get into a career. Let me tell you, I tried.
Sincerely, I really did, I was always miserable though! It sounds cliche or whatever but my husband is who encouraged me to try something different and I’ll never be able to thank him enough (for everything but this in particular.)
We’re both smart. I’m not bragging or patting us on the back, I’m not better than you, I’m just smart. It’s a fact. I’m not the smartest but I know a thing or two about a thing or two.
My biggest challenge in life and business was always not being challenged enough. I love a good challenge. That’s probably problem number one…
Business blunders happen because I’m too stubborn.
I’m too stubborn to admit I’m too stubborn. It’s a running joke in my family because we’re all incredibly thick-skulled. It leads to many business blunders as a matter of fact.
What I mean by this is that my biggest mistakes in my business has been not asking for help. I know when I need help but it takes me a million different tries at ‘figuring it out myself’ until I throw in the towel and admit defeat.
Reasons why I should have invested in myself from the start.
- I started on the wrong platform.
- The theme I chose was pretty but not functional for me.
- I’d made too many different email accounts now only one of which I use.
- There are so many emails I’m signed up for from every ‘expert’ offering free advice.
- One of the biggest business blunders is listening to too many people.
Free advice is worth the price you pay folks.
- I spent months spinning my wheels when I could have been making money.
- I had to transfer a lot of files unnecessarily and at a possible huge loss.
- There’s so much terminology I still don’t know because I have yet to complete a lot of my ‘investing’ in myself.
One of my worst business blunders is I only half invested in myself.
They say when you decide to take the plunge, go all the way, don’t just dip your toe in. Time wasted is money wasted. The idea of making the investments that I was going to initially is still scary. But if I had just done it then I might be farther along by now!
More than that, working from home sometimes you still have to remember to treat it as work. Sometimes that means getting out of your pajamas!
It’s amazing to be able to say I work from home in my pajama’s but sometimes it’s to your own detriment. I suggest every day to…
- Get dressed.
- Maybe do a little makeup!
- Read a book or learn something related to your business.
- Do daily affirmations.
- Remember to breathe or take a lunch. RELAX!
- Get outside!
I don’t admit defeat.
It’s the stubborn thing comes back around. This is great for fixing business blunders sometimes. Sometimes even if you’ve invested in yourself. You put in the time and effort and you still just can’t do it, maybe it’s time to pivot!
There are a few dreams in my heart that I would love to see come to fruition but the fact of the matter is, it’s not always up to me. They say it’s all in God’s time and whether you’re religious or not I think that, yes, the universe will only let you have it when you’re ready to receive it if it’s meant to be. Sometimes it’s not meant to be though.
I don’t give myself enough credit.
I’ll burn myself out a million times from Sunday before admitting defeat, but I won’t even congratulate my efforts?
That’s just silliness. No matter what the results are of your efforts, you have to, have to, pat yourself on the back! If not, then why are you doing this anyway? You have to enjoy the journey too, not just the destination!
Negative thinking is absolutely a big problem I struggle with and it’s something I’ve been diligently working on for a long time. Practice makes perfect though! If all you’re thinking with your business is that it can’t possibly work, then it can’t!
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