It has been a busy two weeks. I have been traveling and running the business. It never ends. I am not complaining. But, we as business owners have to slow down and learn how to say “no” sometimes. “No” is not a bad word. We can’t be everything for everybody all the time.
We all need words of encouragement sometimes. I am talking about words that go beyond “Don’t Give Up” or “Believe in Yourself.” I am not knocking them because I share this advice and will continue to do so. Those words are important. But, let me share what a friend told me recently about success. He said, “You have to out work your opponent.” That is powerful. You have to be willing to go that extra mile (sometimes, ten extra miles). You may have to stay up a little later or study a little harder and that’s okay. Do what you have to do to ensure you and your business make it to the top.
There is always something new to learn in this small business venture. I still ask a lot of questions. My fellow business owners ask me a lot of questions as well. A good friend and I were recently talking about whether she should take the leap. Of course, I told her to go for it. There are so many advantages to being your own boss. I also shared some of my twists and turns of being a business lady.
We cannot be afraid to showcase our talent. As business owners, we have to continue to grow, take chances and try new things. I talked with a friend recently about how people often want you to be stuck in one place. Don’t let that happen. Continued training is vital. Entrepreneurs, take time to do research in your field. I must confess that I love reading articles on Pinterest. You can find great information. Also, you should attend conferences that can assist with your expansion.
Networking is an essential step to success. As a small business owner, you have to be around people to drum up business. Sometimes, that can be hard, especially when you are initially getting started. (You are in front of the computer for hours setting up social media sites and websites and getting your paperwork in order.) Some people are shy and don’t like being around crowds. I want to share my two cents about engaging with community and business leaders.