I remember the first business I started. I hit the ground running! It was quite a ride! I told my attorney I felt like I had been strapped to a jet! She agreed. I liked being able to provide a service that no one else was offering. It felt good to be ahead of the curve.
I had a little room to make some new choices that I had been waiting for for quite a long time. After careful research, I made the jump. No turning back. But then the economy happened and the services I was offering were no longer in such high demand. I had to adapt, but I did not know how.
From the day I started my first job at 15, I have never gone more than a week looking for work. So finding creative ways to market myself when many people weren't looking was beyond my capacity.
To be honest, I started my first business just as a trial run. I had a marketable skill and decided to use it to get my feet wet on owning my own business. But it was never one that I intended to keep. It was my first lesson, so to speak.
And I learned a lot. Marketing, networking, bookkeeping, time management, client relations. These were all new to me and I relished in it.
Do you remember feeling that exhilaration when you landing your first big client? When you sold your first product? When you opened the doors for business for the first time? What a rush!
I am happy for you that you took the step of faith, into the unknown, and made an idea a reality!
But each of us faces times of adjustment. Times where problems arise and we don't know how to solve them. You may have missed it, but it's important in the planning process to imagine what you want your business to give you. If you devote more hours to your business than your family or personal life, then you have in effect, created a job. You are an employee (or better yet, a slave) to your business. Nobody wants that!
Planning your business by starting with the end in mind is how you avoid the pitfalls that so many entrepreneurs find themselves in. But in order to design your business with your life in mind, you need a reputable business coach to guide you and ask the right questions.
You also need a business coach to help get you back on track when you are struggling. My business coach, Rich Schefren said,
“Your current frustrations are driven by success traits that when harness will cause your success to come quickly.”
Growing pains are difficult. I mean, the word says it all … PAIN! But with the right guidance and a little soul searching, you will be able to move beyond that into real business growth faster than you think!