One of the best decisions I’ve made in my career life was to start my own location independent business and become a solopreneur. Don’t get me wrong, the transition was a little scary and this path has had it’s challenges, but it was all worth it in the end.
I started down this path in the middle of 2012 and I’ve learned a ton of valuable lessons along the way. Today, I’d like to share the 3 most important lessons that every entreprenuer should keep in mind when building their businesses.
1)Results Aren’t Instant
I’ve seen quite a few entrepreneurial friends start down paths and then give up because they didn’t have instant results. Yes I get it…you’ve follow all of the top business blogs and so you’ve heard a million stories about people whose businesses blew up overnight. Those stories are incredible, but it takes time for most people to build their businesses. It took me 6 months of preparation before I made my first dollar online as a freelancer. Every case is different, so the most important thing to keep in mind is to never compare your path to anyone else’s. If you really believe in your dream, keep at it. You may want to stop and examine the route you’re taking to get to your goal, maybe you need to tweak your plan a little…Just Don’t Give Up!!!
2)You Don’t Have To Do Everything
Most people start down this path totally clueless about all the the moving parts that have to work in perfect harmony in order to make a business successful. We, as solopreneurs, have to wear a zillion hats. Let me let you in on a secret…You don’t have to do everything!!
Have you heard this quote: “Jack of all trades, master of none?” Well…the same applies in business. Figure out what your strengths are, and if you can, outsource the other tasks to people that specialize in those areas. This saves you from getting burned out.
3)Balance Is Everything
Growing a business takes dedication, focus, most of your time, and even your money. Don’t fall into the trap of ignoring everything else in your life. You need balance. Without it, you’ll burn yourself out and your relationships with your loved ones will suffer. Solopreneurs need to set time aside to engage in self care activities (working out, hanging out with friends, meditation, etc) so they can recharge their minds, bodies and souls….you’ll need to have some energy to continue down the path of the solopreneur.
If your a solopreneur too, you’ve probably already learned these tips and may have just needed a quick reminder. In order to stay the course, you have to figure out how to run your business in a balanced way without putting too much pressure on yourself to achieve success overnight. What are some of the lessons you’ve learned since you’ve started your business?