We all know owning a small business can be tough. The days and nights are long. But, there are many benefits such as being your own boss and setting your own hours. You set the tone for how you run your company and treat your customers. At the root of it all, you must be passionate about your dream.
I have written about this before, but it’s important that we, as small business owners, know our worth. And we can’t be ashamed of it either. I recently talked with an entrepreneur about his pricing and he didn’t flinch. He was very confident when he stated the costs for his services. Let’s think about it, when you go to the grocery store or a restaurant, the person taking the money tells you the total and you pay.
I remain excited about my new journey. I am learning that you gain and lose business. Any small business owner must know that patience is a virtue. This is a lesson I learned in the 11th grade after I wrote that sentence 50 times for my geometry teacher. But, that’s another story for another day. Back to the world of entrepreneurship. As you experience ups, downs and those times in between, you have to continue to go harder.
Don’t let any barriers get in your way. Sometimes, we can be our worst enemy. So, don’t let you get in the way of you. Push yourself! Even when you think things are going downhill, look for unique opportunities and think outside of the box.
Of course, not everyone will be on your side. Some people will question your abilities. They will push their insecurities on you. Don’t take it personally. Keep it moving! Don’t let any barriers keep you down. Remember, that sentence I had to write 50 times. Patience is a virtue. Write it down a few times if you have to. Good things take time. The next big opportunity is coming your way.
I believe it is important to give back to our community, especially to the next generation of leaders. As a small business owner (and even before my new venture), I find time to volunteer. I really enjoy working with our young people. They have so many fresh ideas. Their take on the world is inspiring. It is crucial to encourage and nurture their creativity. I recently ran into a young man who wants to get into the communication field. He asked if he could call me because he wanted to learn so much more. I loved his confidence and ability to ask questions. I, of course, gave him my card and told him to call whenever he wanted.
But, unfortunately, not all young people have that drive and determination. Some have no hope, goals or aspirations. My heart was broken not long ago when a middle school student told me her future consisted of her probably going to jail or being dead in the next five years or so. I told her that I believed in her and had more hope for her future.
I am sharing these stories because this proves that we need to spend time educating, inspiring and motivating our kids. Their road to success is under construction. We have to believe in them and let them know they must reach for the stars and beyond. Let them know that they have the ability to achieve as long as they are willing to work hard. I know we all get busy, but let’s not forget the kids who need us. I challenge you, entrepreneurs, to find a way to help at least one youth. Give him or her an internship, call the student or just listen. Our youth are depending on us.
My circle is tight. But, I am fortunate to have two sister friends, or as I call them my Ride or Die, who encourage and support me. They give me their opinion, sometimes whether I like it or not. They give me a dose of “real talk” when needed. And believe me, sometimes I don’t want to hear the negative. But, I know what they have to say comes from the heart.