I focus my weekly blogs on my perspective as a small business owner. As you might imagine, this is a continuous learning process. In fact, life itself is a series of lessons. (If you don’t know, then keep living.) I learned and heard so many great things this week. I, of course, want to share them with you. So, please forgive me if it feels as if I’m rambling and my thoughts seem out of order.
It’s a been a few weeks since I have shared my thoughts and lessons learned as an entrepreneur. I have really missed blogging about the X’s and O’s as a small business owner. I, of course, have several lessons and ideas to pass along to you from the playbook. (This playbook is a work in progress. I add to it daily.) I continue to say and write that you have to know your worth. You have to realize that your services and products have value. You have to know that you are valuable.
Have you ever had a week when all of those old sayings apply to your life? Let me give you a few. If there is an emergency on a plane, put your mask on first. You can lead a horse to the well, but you can’t make it drink. Don’t take any wooden nickels (that’s my mom’s favorite). Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you. Patience is a virtue (I once had to write that 50 times during my junior year of high school). I could go on and on. You get the point.
Time sure does fly by quickly. Angela Spears Communication is a year old! I can’t believe my company is celebrating its first year in business. For the past few months, I have continuously asked myself if it was a smart decision or stupid decision to go out on my own. I don’t regret this experience. In fact, I am having fun. I love what I do!
I am thankful that my business continues to grow. I put in a lot of hard work and long hours. This is no surprise to many entrepreneurs. I laugh when my mother asks me, “Why can’t you get all of your work done during the day?” It doesn’t always work that way. I don’t know about you, but I learn something new every day. I want to share some tips that I have picked up along the way.
As much as I believe in giving your time, talent and cash (if you have it), there are lessons that I have learned along the way. Of course, you know I am going to share a few. Please know that it is okay to say no. We all try, but we can’t always do everything all the time for everyone. It’s also important to stand up for yourself. There are folks who will try to take advantage of you. Remember this line my mother would tell me when I was a kid, “Don’t take my kindness for foolishness.”