20 Business Lessons From My First Year in Business

This first year of business has been a rollercoaster of emotion (see my last blog) and here are 20 things I honestly didn’t know this time last year:

  1. For the first few months (at least!), self-employment will NOT give you that work-life balance you had hoped for. It does get easier. I promise.
  2. Some people will judge, intimidate, criticise and poo-poo on your ideas. They are not your people.
  3. You will reach your goals far more quickly if you pay for a thought-leader’s expertise. It just makes good business sense to invest in your future success.
  4. Your Amazon Wish List for business books will amount to hundreds of pounds.
  5. Keeping an active social media presence will feel like a full-time job in itself (or is that just me?!).
  6. Finding time to work on your business is equally as important as working in it.
  7. Moving away from the employee mindset will be a regular battle. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
  8. You will never be able to convince people to see the value in what you do if they barter over the price from the start. You want to work with dream clients; those who pay full price and on time.
  9. When speaking with new people, go with your gut instinct. It’s rarely wrong.
  10. It isn’t what you know, it’s who you know. Really, it is.
  11. People who are almost strangers in the grand scheme of things may show more kindness and generosity than you had ever expected. It’s heart-warming stuff, that’s for sure.
  12. Prospective clients will still ask for your CV, even though you’ve painstakingly created a beautiful website and have a heap of awesome testimonials on LinkedIn, both of which contain far more valuable information than two sides of A4 paper.
  13. Things will go wrong and you’ll make mistakes, but handle those situations with pure grace and integrity, despite being in a perceived position of weakness.
  14. There will be a time when you’ll need to put on your CEO hat and deal with that client who hasn’t paid on time. And it’ll suck. But you’re not here to work for free, my friend.
  15. Ethics and morals will prove to be far more important than your desire to earn money. Always do what is right, not what is easy.
  16. Thanks to the rise of social media, many of your biggest supporters will be people you’ve never had the pleasure to meet.
  17. Clients will come and go; it’s just business and never personal.
  18. Success isn’t something that’s for other people, it’s yours for the taking.
  19. When you read the quote, “As long as you are alive, you will either live to accomplish your own goals and dreams or be used as a resource to accomplish someone else’s” by Grant Cardone, you know it rings true.
  20. A year in, you’ll simply wish you had the guts to do it all sooner.

 

My business birthday is on Saturday 12 August and I honestly can’t thank you enough for your continued support and encouragement.

 

From the bottom of my heart, thank YOU.

 

“The world is my classroom, each day is a new lesson, and every person I meet is my teacher.” Craig Harper.