I’ve been running my own business now for almost 5 years. In various capacities, shapes and forms this business has grown and developed to what it is today. I’ve not ever worked officially a full time job and this is what I do – Run my business.
I’ve learnt a thing or two along the way – sometimes the hard way and sometime through the kind guidance of others but this is what I would like to share with you.
The 5 thing that are good to know when you are thinking of starting your own business.
- Just do it! If you have a dream, an idea or a plan… the first step is starting. The rest just happens in time. You have to just start!
- Communication is everything. The way you communicate with people on all forms of media needs to be timely but also personable. Discussing issues early, talking about your expectations and generally having a dialogue with people you work with is so important. Communication will help in building relationships. I thought it so important I included it in the business name!
- Patience is a virtue.
- Shameless self promotion is a must! I know it can seem as though your big noting yourself but honestly, if you aren’t even able to talk about you, who will!
- Celebrate the little wins. When you work on your own business, it can feel like a constant uphill battle. Stop sometimes, acknowledge what you’ve achieved and celebrate when you do something well. Set up a Facebook page – have a glass of champagne. Get your business cards printed- buy a cupcake. Land your first client – get a manicure! Whatever it is, enjoy the business rollercoaster!
Written by Lovelly Communciations Director, Emma Lovell.
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