Starting A Business

what i’ve learned in 6 years of ups and downs in business

do you ever feel so pumped after listening to someone so successful only to feel deflated when you look at your own life? i’m with you. today, i want to share with you the ups and downs i’ve had in my own business. totally raw and real.

i’ll just start by telling you that i run a local service-based business in nashville. it’s all about interacting with customers and closing sales every day. i’m not a multi-millionaire, but i have successfully started and still run a 6 figure business which i’ll get to later.

here are the 5 things i’ve learned in the past 6 years.

1. hold on to your vision: no one will understand your vision until it is working. when i first started my company, i knew exactly how successful it could be…but no one else did. i almost quit several times in my first year. now that it is working successfully, the vision is a reality and people get it.

bottom line: you’ve got to prove it for people to believe your vision. don’t lose heart!

2. it’s supposed to be hard: anything worth doing in life has to be hard. if it were easy, everyone would do it and then it would be meaningless.

bottom line: make sure you have a good idea, and then just persist.

3. there are good phases and bad phases: the best day of your business life can be followed by the worst day ever. you might feel the need to go into therapy because you feel so emotionally unstable. don’t sweat it. it’s all normal. every entrepreneur feels this way.

bottom line: take the good and the bad with a large grain of salt. learn what you can from both success and failure.

4. obsess about your product and customer experience: do all that you can to make sure your product or service is unmatched. do it for the integrity of business and other benefits will follow. the best marketing is a happy customer.

bottom line: stay far away from people who market bad products. make your product excellent.

5. enjoy the process: for too long, i felt uneasy about where i was. i wanted to be in a thriving and self-sufficient business. there’s nothing wrong with being there now, but looking back, i realize how sweet the grind really is. it makes the payoff that much better.

bottom line: be where you are. push for more, but enjoy the day.

like i mentioned earlier, i am blessed to be among the businesses to survive and thrive¬†and i now use the resources my business generates to support other creative ventures like writing a children’s book and some charity work that is in it’s infancy.

tell me…

what are you thinking these days? what lessons have you learned on your journey?

till next time,

grace

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