1. Remember why you left, this will see you through some of the darker days.
2. Find your tribe, most non-entrepreneurs will think you are crackers. They will likely ask you what the chuff you are doing such unsociable hours for if you work for yourself. This may cause you to grind your teeth so find some likeminded, been there, people to hang out with. We don’t work for ourselves to work less hours in the beginning (although that can come when you are in your groove, if you choose). We work for ourselves for the freedom, because we are following our dreams and because we want something different (and sometimes because we really just aren’t that good at working for someone else). Also, a Christmas party for one sucks, so you need to find people you like to hang out with!
3. Understand that FOMO really should be medically diagnosed. You don’t need to do all the courses, hire all the coaches, spend all the money you have not earned. Focus, knuckle down, know that you have good instincts that you can follow (you’ve done it at least once when you took the leap) and seek advice and mentorship from someone who has been where you are now and is now where you want to be….invest wisely, always.
4. Do not panic if clients aren’t kicking your door down by the end of your first month in business. It takes time to build the know, like and trust factor. People just don’t know you in the beginning, they don’t know what you are about or how you can help them and you may be unproven. Time will give you all of that. But you need to show up and be seen. Visibility is vital.
5. If you are just starting out in a new direction, consider trading services or offering freebies so you can practice and get experience in what you want to offer. Don’t blag it, be honest. There’s still a lot of good people out there and you’ll be amazed at how many people will happily help you get the experience you need. Recognise when what you are offering is working and generating the promised results for your clients and stop giving freebies. Sometimes we get so comfortable giving it for free, we become afraid to charge. When you’ve got experience and know you can deliver what you are selling, you can charge.
6. Don’t set up a business selling a service that you haven’t ever given or have no experience in. The number of people selling services to give you a result they have never generated for themselves or anyone else is unnerving…If people are selling you a result, make sure they have given that result to themselves or someone else before.
7. Accept that mindset isn’t a buzzword. It’s the absolute crux to making it in your business. You’ve inevitably got the ability, but will you do what it takes. Our mind is a funny old thing and holds us back in what we know as familiar to keep us safe. Starting your own business is about as unfamiliar and “unsafe” as it gets, so be prepared to spot the blocks and limiting beliefs and then work on them EVERY DAY.
8. When you are starting in business, (unless you have a big starting cash balance), you are going to be all things to your business. Learn what you need to, to be good in all areas but you want to be looking at hiring in what is not in your skillset asap.
9. You need a vision. What do you want your business to look like? What are you selling? How are you selling it? Who are you selling it to? Where do you want to be in 12 months’ time? In 5 years? How do you want to feel?
10. Know your numbers. Forecast your numbers, break it down. And do what it takes every day, to deliver those forecasts. Plan your weeks, plan your next 3 months at a time, working towards your big vision.
11. Take action. Some days you will feel like hiding under the duvet. Like you’ve made the biggest mistake of your life. On those days, especially, keep going. Look at your plan for the week and do something on that list, no matter how small. Inaction breeds inaction and you can’t afford that.
12. Take care of yourself. For the first time in your life, if you’ve just left corporate, you are most likely selling yourself. You have to believe in your product. You have to believe in you. Look after your physical health, your mental health and your emotional health. It matters more than you probably realise right now.
13. Finally, reward yourself. It doesn’t have to mean spending money but always recognise your achievements. Essential for motivation.
Congratulations on taking the leap. It’s a rollercoaster but it’s totally worth it.
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