I truly wish I had a core group of female business owners I could run to in the beginning. It wasn’t until a year or two in that I found a group I could honestly and openly talk with and share tips with.
I was so overwhelmed and I spent a lot of days feeling horrible about myself and my work because I felt like an outcast, sort of riding the waves of “what comes next.”
If you’re finding yourself lost in the sea of overwhelm when it comes to owning a business, here are my tips:
1: Find friends who understand what it’s like to own a business, let them in. Trust them, share with them, and support them.
2: Invest in the courses & never stop learning (the funny thing is – the shift that happens here where you go from HOLY SHIT I CAN’T SPEND THIS MONEY to WOW I’M SO FREAKING PROUD OF MYSELF is incredible). I suggest really focusing on what you need to learn instead of feeling heart-eyed about what someone else is selling only because you like that person.
3: Stop watching other people who make you feel horrible about what you’re creating. It’s really difficult to do in the beginning but it’s incredibly crucial to ensuring you stay on-task.
4: It’s okay to unfollow people if you find your work imitating it a little too closely. And, you can even mute them. You don’t need to follow 100 other people in your niche. Remember: protect your mind, body, and soul always.
5: Just because someone else does it, doesn’t mean you need to (say this one about 10 times again!) I’ve fallen into this trap more times than I care to admit! It’s tough to realize you are doing something special when we have things like Instagram and others are sharing their highlight reels.
So, what would you add? Any pointers for our new business owners out there?