I think it’s important to outline the things we learn as we grow our businesses, that way we can look back and not only see how far we’ve come, but remind ourselves of the lessons learned. So, I’m going to outline each month some of the things that I learned as a solopreneur, in the hopes that maybe you’ll identify with these, or you’ll learn from them as well!
1. Sometimes people will reach out to you before they’re really ready to invest.
I was pretty excited about a potential project recently. The client and I seemed on the same page about things, and I could envision a really awesome final product. I sent the quote for the project, though, and heard crickets. It turns out that a less expensive option opened up, so they went with that one. And I don’t blame them for doing that. But I learned that I while I provide a valuable and high-quality service, sometimes people who approach me just haven’t reach the point where they’re ready to invest yet.
2. Patience is key!
I had a few other clients who reached out to me for possible projects, and when I didn’t hear back within a week, I assumed they had moved in a different direction. That was not the case – they just needed more time to decide on their project before committing. And I need to chill out and realize people are busy and need to take time to figure their biz out.
3. I am not a robot, and I need sleep.
I had two projects come up that had quick turnaround times. This meant that when I wasn’t at my 9-5, I was working on those projects and had a few late nights. I really loved the work, but it hit me this past week. I was always tired, and I took a week off from my weightlifting, which I religiously attend to, to focus on sleep. Running a side biz and having a 9-5 is definitely not without challenges, but it’s possible. I just need to listen to my body to figure out the balance.
4. Compliments are amazing, and I’m heading in the right direction.
I’m slowly branching out my biz to be an online marketing strategist for gym owners. Fitness is something I’m passionate about, so if I can use my skill-set to help change people’s lives – I’m in! I’ve started promoting article for gym owners, and I received this incredibly nice message… it let me know that I’m on the right path to a fulfilling service! Also, this reminds me that giving unprovoked compliments on a job well done means more than we all think.
I could probably go on with more ideas, but these are the main things that stand out. What did you learn last month in your biz?
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