6 things I've learned in my first 2 years of business.
Let's face it, there's definitely a learning curve when you start a business. No matter how much experience you have a specific area or niche, nothing is going to prepare you for the first two years.
Seriously... it's been a bumpy road, but I wouldn't change it for anything.
Mindset and spiritual wellness have played a huge part in my transformation not only as a human being, but as a business owner.
My mindset is now in a much better place than it was two years ago, but that's because I've taken the time to work on myself before doing anything else. Even if that means taking time off here and there for self care.
Here are 6 important things that I've learned in my first 2 years of being an entrepreneur:
It's okay to work full time and start your own business.
When I started my business I was drowning in the whole "you need to quit your 9-5 to be successful in your business" belief system. I became so discouraged because I knew that wouldn't happen any time soon, yet I wanted to grow my business. You need money to start and maintain a business and if you're not making money in your business, where are you going to get it? Also, do NOT max out your credit cards or take out a loan to work with a coach, mentor, or anyone who is promising you the world. You need to focus on YOUR financial needs first. Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise. If they do, it should be a major red flag!
You're going to screw up a lot, shift directions, and feel more confused than you have ever been in your entire life.
I think I shifted directions at least 10-15 times or came up with 100 different ideas on how to make money. Yet, none of them worked because they were not aligned with my values. They were aligned with everyone else's. I'm a big believer in following your own strategy and trusting your intuition. If someone else's strategy didn't work for you, there's a reason for it. You need to be energetically aligned with all that the strategy encompasses, or it's going to do nothing for you.
You'll learn a lot more about yourself, your dreams, and desires.
Owning my business has shined a light on things about myself that I've never knew. I learned that I'm more intuitive than I thought, I can pull and read oracle card decks, I absolutely love crystals and crystal energy (I even found out that I used to collect them as a kid!), I became a Certified Reiki Practitioner, and I'm into metaphysical and spiritual wellness practices to better my own health.
You're going to change. It's a transformational journey that will start slow, but know it's going to be worth it.
When I say it's been a transformation, I don't even recognize the old me. I am now more awake, attuned to energy, and feel so much more in my life. I've also realized that my intuitive gifts go far beyond where I ever thought I could go. I mean, yeah, I always knew my intuition was strong and joked that I was psychic... but that's all I thought it was - a joke.
You may lose some friendships (and maybe family) over it.
They're not going to understand what you're trying to do with your business if they haven't gone through it themselves. It's okay though! You're finally taking the initiative to do something that means something to do you and benefits your wants and needs over anyone else's. Put the focus on yourself and keep going!
You'll find your tribe and people who truly get what you're trying to do.
Throughout the process of growing and running your business, you'll start meeting likeminded people. These people will understand what it's like to do what you're doing and some may be super supportive and become your business bestie, or even your real best friend. Believe me, I have a few!
Entrepreneurship can be an experience like no other, only if you let it happen. A lot of times, your mindset is the only thing that's holding you back, even if you don't realize it. Knowing the value of yourself, your message, and your overall vision allows you to open up in ways you never thought possible. Let your world reflect how much you value yourself.
Building my business into what it is today has been one of the most rewarding things in my life and I couldn't be more thankful for all of the ups and downs that I've gone through in the past two years. It's even helped me find my own tribe and I love connecting with them in a private group!
Learn to trust that you're on the path to success, even if you can't see it yet!
The best is yet to come.
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