The 5 Biggest Lessons You Learn Working For Yourself

 

You’ve done it, you’ve set your business up and it’s ready to fly. The training wheels are finally coming off and you’re trying to find your balance. There’s a lot of stuff that’s been thrown at you that you could not prepare for, and did not know how to amend. This is new to you too. But being the boss comes with upholding a certain image. There are a lot of lessons you learn quickly when running your own business, but it is the way you handle and react to these lessons that will make or break your business.

I’ve talked to lots of successful women over the years, here are a few lessons you’ll learn – let us know how many of them you’ve ticked off.

1. You need to learn to trust

One of the biggest things you will learn is that if you want something done right, you need to either do it yourself or learn to trust your team members. It is very rare to come across people who understand your vision, but it’s hard. It’s hard to let go of the reins and give responsibilities away – but you need to do it in order to thrive. The best thing to do is to build your own leadership skills. We’ve got some book recommendations for it, check them out – they helped the CGD team and they’ll help you too!

2. You can’t step away

You can almost foresee how busy you are going to be, but once you’re thrown into it, busy doesn’t seem to define it. Don’t be fooled into thinking that things will calm down, and that you’ll get your weekends and vacations to cool off. Your business is your baby. You have to feed it, change it and constantly give it attention. You dream and dream for a break, but you’ll never take one. There’s too much to do always, and you love it. But you have to step away from it, don’t let it creep into your evenings. It’s never just one more email. In the first few months, it’s only natural, but you need time to sleep, and just breathe.

3. You don’t have to say yes to everyone

When you first start you’re so excited and you’re desperate to be a success. So when clients and opportunities come your way, you’re happy to take them on and open your arms wide to any possibility. However, our advice would be to know your brand completely and never stray away from its image. There’s a whole section on branding and partnering with other brands in our book The Ultimate Blog Plan, so if you’re struggling with this – give it a read.

4. Business is business

Sometimes you’re going to have to make hard decisions, and that may include some difficult conversations. It’s never easy giving negative feedback, and you know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of that conversation. But it’s just business, it’s nothing personal. You will have to constantly do this. Those conversations don’t have to be hard and bitchy, they can be very encouraging – get what you need to say across but end with something uplifting, it will heighten the chance of improvement.

5. It’s like the University of life 

You will learn things about yourself and about other people that you never thought possible. You will overcome every fear you’ve ever had, push yourself to do better and be better and every year look at your accomplishments with pride. It’ll be the best personal growth you’ve ever made – so it’s well worth it if you’re thinking of taking the plunge.

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You’ve done it, you’ve set your business up and it’s ready to fly. The training wheels are finally coming off and you’re trying to find your balance. There’s a lot of stuff that’s been thrown at you that you could not prepare for, and did not know how to amend. This is new to you too. But being the boss comes with upholding a certain image. There are a lot of lessons you learn quickly when running your own business, but it is the way you handle and react to these lessons that will make or break your business.

I’ve talked to lots of successful women over the years, here are a few lessons you’ll learn – let us know how many of them you’ve ticked off.

1. You need to learn to trust

One of the biggest things you will learn is that if you want something done right, you need to either do it yourself or learn to trust your team members. It is very rare to come across people who understand your vision, but it’s hard. It’s hard to let go of the reins and give responsibilities away – but you need to do it in order to thrive. The best thing to do is to build your own leadership skills. We’ve got some book recommendations for it, check them out – they helped the CGD team and they’ll help you too!

2. You can’t step away

You can almost foresee how busy you are going to be, but once you’re thrown into it, busy doesn’t seem to define it. Don’t be fooled into thinking that things will calm down, and that you’ll get your weekends and vacations to cool off. Your business is your baby. You have to feed it, change it and constantly give it attention. You dream and dream for a break, but you’ll never take one. There’s too much to do always, and you love it. But you have to step away from it, don’t let it creep into your evenings. It’s never just one more email. In the first few months, it’s only natural, but you need time to sleep, and just breathe.

3. You don’t have to say yes to everyone

When you first start you’re so excited and you’re desperate to be a success. So when clients and opportunities come your way, you’re happy to take them on and open your arms wide to any possibility. However, our advice would be to know your brand completely and never stray away from its image. There’s a whole section on branding and partnering with other brands in our book The Ultimate Blog Plan, so if you’re struggling with this – give it a read.

4. Business is business

Sometimes you’re going to have to make hard decisions, and that may include some difficult conversations. It’s never easy giving negative feedback, and you know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of that conversation. But it’s just business, it’s nothing personal. You will have to constantly do this. Those conversations don’t have to be hard and bitchy, they can be very encouraging – get what you need to say across but end with something uplifting, it will heighten the chance of improvement.

5. It’s like the University of life 

You will learn things about yourself and about other people that you never thought possible. You will overcome every fear you’ve ever had, push yourself to do better and be better and every year look at your accomplishments with pride. It’ll be the best personal growth you’ve ever made – so it’s well worth it if you’re thinking of taking the plunge.

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  • Angie Young

    I’m wanting to start my own business. I’m just not sure what that business will be yet. But I feel deep down that I’m meant to own my own business. I will keep these tips in mind if and when I get started.

    • Libby

      I was the same, I knew I wanted to do something but I didn’t have a solid idea. What I did was get two friends involved, we all sat together and brainstormed and now we have our business. It’s much easier to discuss ideas with others because you bounce off of each other and plus it’s a great way to stay focused and motivated!

  • Lindsay

    This is so true. Rare to get such honest advice about being your own boss – I’m basically just starting and it’s quite scary, so nice to be reminded that there’s a network of girls who get it out there! xxx

    _LindsayLohLoves x

    • Libby

      The truth is it’s hard, and sometimes it’s easy to get lost in doubt. But don’t let doubt or fear stop you from trying. Life is all about risks, but once you’ve taken them you’re one step closer to your success!