Deciding to cut the ties from your steady eddy job and venture forward with an unknown future business is brave and frightening all at once. But even more challenging is overcoming the fear of making the right choice. Fear of failure …Fear of scrutiny from your family and friends…Fear that you are starting too late . Well it is never too late, you will always meet resistance and naysayers and you could fail. But the real failure is in giving into your fears and not focusing on your dreams.
More and more people are out there working home based businesses and touting their benefits. We are the champions ! We are the people who dare to do more ! So, how do you choose?
I will tell you how I chose and how many people go about their new journey.
Have an open mind and listen to all opportunitues. Not only will you learn about the company, you will get experience on the do’s and don’ts of a product presentation .
Look into the leaders in the company . Who are they ? What is their track record?
Look at the numbers. What is the company grossing? How much have they grown? What is the future growth opportunity?
Look at the product itself and reviews . Remember there are never going to be perfect reviews . Weigh the good and the bad.
Then look at support . Success does not happen overnight . It might look that way but it comes from work and dedication . Will you have the support and tools to succeed?
This is what I did when I joined the Rodan +Fields team. I had already run my own business for 9 years. I was looking for supplemental and renewable income with a group of really fun people, a product I could stand behind and a means to make more money but share the wealth . I also wanted to keep my overhead low. This works for me!
I can work anywhere from my phone any time and I do not have to have inventory in my home .
Think about what you have a passion for. “You are entirely up to you” – unknown author
You can live your life watching opportunities pass you by, blaming everyone else and every situation you experience as the reason you have not achieved your dreams. Or, you can learn from experience and accept all that happens as one step closer to achieving your dreams. I choose the latter. I control my destiny. That doesn’t mean times have not been tough on this road to being the CEO of me. Of course it has. I would be lying if I told you the last 9 years have been smooth sailing. But what I can tell you is that I have learned to be open to new adventures. I have embraced networking. I assume “no” is a given and I move forward. It will take you sometimes 100 No’s to get one Yes, but when it happens, the feeling of success is so sweet! So if you have dreams of working for yourself then make them a reality. Be prepared to put in the effort because contrary to popular belief success does not happen over night but it does come to those who work every night putting in the effort.
When you are ready to start a new path, I am here to help! Looking forward to partnering in business with you! Cheers!
We become what we do repeatedly. Excellence, therefore is not an act, it is a habit.”
The title of this blog is not my own quote. In fact, I have heard versions of it all week from different people, but it rings true. Success really doesn’t happen overnight. There is work and thought that goes into attaining your vision.
Interestingly while I was working on my plan for my next blog topic my friend sent me a great business building tool today and the timing could not have been better.
This week I have been focusing my efforts on taking my business to the next level. I have been working on my two year growth plan. How am I going to work on duplication and excellence? Frankly, these plans can be overwhelming, especially when you are “The boss of you!”
Right on the top of the page was this quote I would like to share.
“We become what we do repeatedly. Excellence, therefore is not an act, it is a habit.”
There it is. Simple. Practical. Realistic.
So my challenge to you in 2018 is to start using this mantra and think of how you can duplicate your habits in a way that will positively affect your business. Maybe this is setting goals for the number of “reach outs” you send a week for your business. Perhaps it is a long term project plan for a new service you will be offering. Or maybe it is just taking the good projects you completed in 2017 and finding a way to do those same projects at a higher volume.
Whatever it is…remember….you can succeed. You will succeed. But you will need to work for it. Good luck In 2018!
Do you ever feel like there is never enough time in the day to accomplish your tasks? “I just can’t add one more thing to my list!” Do you find your list is never ending? That can become a large problem when you start working for yourself. It is easy to have a tendency to over promise in order to get the work . You probably have every intention of following up with your deliverables but maybe your deliverables are unattainable.
When this happens is it is time to reprioritize. You may have a list of current projects but lists are only effective if they help you accomplish your tasks and manage project goals. Here are some tips:
Add no more than 3 items to your daily list of “to do “for that day”
Start with the easier tasks that you can complete quickly, this will give you more time for the others.
Add deadline dates to the additional list items that are in process
Use a visual aid, like a calendar, to view your deadlines by week and month-This will help you view your timeline to see if it is manageable or if it needs to be adjusted.
Set appropriate expectations on completions of work – Don’t automatically tell customers you can have something to them in a week, if you already have multiple projects due at the same time.
Most importantly make time for things that count. It is important to take care of you. Whether that is a 30 minute walk, a trip to the gym or doing the crossword puzzle. You are no good to anyone if you are emotionally drained. Stop and recharge and take care of yourself daily. The tasks will still be there tomorrow!
“Looking out on the road rushing under my wheels, Looking back at the years gone by like so many summer fields, In sixty-five I was seventeen and running up 101, I don’t know where I’m running now, I ‘m just running on.”
It can be daunting, trying to get ahead, running your own company and accomplishing your normal every day tasks. I would be lying to you if I told you I never feel like I am ‘running on empty.’ Sure I feel like that sometimes because it is normal. I just returned from three weeks of non stop travel for Aesthetics 360 and always having to be “on.” I love it! But, this momentum it can take its toll on anyone.
The key is to sit back when you feel this way and readjust. Refocus and look at your current state. Are you still in motion to achieve your desired state or did you get side tracked and derailed? All business plans require adjusting and fine tuning from time to time. This is what you need to do when you see yourself spiraling a bit out of control. Stop, look at what you are doing and own it. Then work on your plan.
Don’t forget to take care of yourself and remember why you have started the path of working for yourself. My reason for working for myself was to have more control over how I live my life and how I can help other people. I am the boss of me.
Do not take on extra projects just because you see dollar signs
Know what you can do and do what you know
Ask for help. It’s not failure to reach out to your colleagues and friends-it is smart.
Be prepared to spend money to make money. That means sometimes outsourcing for some projects that would normally be all yours and paying out more for labor and less for your take. Because growing your business means taking on projects and showing you can deliver!
Know you cannot be the expert on everything. Find your talent and don’t oversell. This way you will always over deliver.
Hire people who may be more talented than you! Create your dream team. Meet mine!
The thought of creating a website, updating a LinkedIn and Facebook profile, starting a newsletter, sending out emails and instant messages-these tasks can be daunting for new business owners. Most people who want to start a new business become paralyzed by the sheer thought of these tasks. For many, getting the word out and landing their first customer seems to be so far into the future, they give up before even starting. DON’T GIVE UP!
No one said it would be easy, but here are some tips on getting yourself moving.
Reach out to the people that know you best, first. Trust me, they want to help you. And they will admire your courage for taking that leap of faith and making your dream job come true.
Look for a team of people who reap success from your success. My team at Rodan + Fields is just one example. We support each other, but we actually are more successful when our team is successful so we all work together. The same goes for my team of consultants at Aesthetics360.
Go to the people who would ‘buy dirt from you’ first and ask for the business.
Get testimonials from as many people as you can.
Get your website up as soon as possible-this is your 24/7 global brochure.
Don’t under sell your services-it is easy to reduce fees but hard to increase. Set a proper value for your time and the project.
Go to any events you are invited to-even if you do not want to go-you never know who you will meet! opportunities!
Walk the walk and talk the talk-look successful! read our blog on first impressions matter.