Stop for a second. Take a deep breath—and pat yourself on the back. As an entrepreneur, it can be almost impossible to just stop and take a minute of the day to celebrate the small steps you are taking toward freedom. In order for your businesses to thrive, you have to constantly assess your mistakes and failures. And isn’t it funny how those wrong turns always seem so much LARGER than the wins?
We all get stuck in a rut where the negatives outweigh the positives. When nothing seems to be going right, you might fear the worst for your budding business. The best way to overcome fear is to face the problem head on.
Here are five ways to get out of your own head, and turn your worries into action:
"Successful people do not have a part-time mindset nor a full-time mindset, but a lifetime mindset."-Orrin Woodward
You can’t have a successful business if you’re watching the clock. Greatness doesn’t happen during part-time or full-time hours. It just happens.
So, you've been in business for a year or two. You work hard, you've earned a great reputation and a loyal clientele. But are you working your assets to their full advantage?
When you start to leverage your strengths, growing a successful business is so much easier -- and more fun!
Here are some ways to make the most of your strengths.
Here’s some really good news for entrepreneurs: any trait that will help you succeed in business can be nurtured.
Hiring a virtual, independently contracted team for your small business is a smart move. Not only will you save money on office space, benefits, and insurance—you also get the opportunity to pick and choose from the best talent. In a recent study, it was found that virtual teams typically outperform traditional teams.
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Setting prices for products and services can cause many entrepreneurs to break out in a cold sweat. Set your fees too high and you risk pricing yourself out of the market. Price yourself too low and you might be flushing your profits down the drain. And I’m assuming you went into business with a goal of making a profit.
I'd like to suggest a radical method for setting prices, based on what's at the heart of any good product or service: value.
We all have them. Days when everything goes wrong, you aren't as far ahead as you hoped, and your clients are driving you crazy. Whatever the source of your bad day, these quotes will help you get back to work with a smile.
You've made mistakes.
Mistakes can be frustrating. But they are also the hallmark of innovation and essential to growth. So how to move past them?
"Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations." - Steve Jobs.
Most entrepreneurs share a passion for learning. If you're an avid reader (or an audiobooks-addict, like me), you probably have a few favorite authors and well-loved books in your collection that helped you grow, personally or professionally.
For me, the best business books are the ones that not only inspire us, but guide us through the steps we need to take to get to where we want to go. I'd like to share a few books that have helped me on my entrepreneurial path, as well as a few titles I'll be adding to my reading list this year! Enjoy!
What are your greatest weaknesses? Remember, back in the days before you ran your own business and you were asked that question during a job interview? You hated that question then, and you probably hate answering it now. But if you want to grow your business, you have to know where you’re falling short.
Here's how to see your weaknesses for what they are and make them strengths: