Welcome to Spark Bits Weekly where I ask a panel of homeprenuers a blazing question about running and growing their business from home.
Today’s Q is:
As you look back on your business to date, where do you wish you’d been bolder and trusted yourself enough to take a risk?
Jessica Lee from Psychic Readings Guide says:
To tell you the truth, I wish I had been bolder and trusted myself more overall. I’m now about 15 months into my business and the one thing I kick myself for is over analyzing every decision I made last year. I second-guessed, analyzed, and researched every decision so much that it became really stressful. For example, sometimes I would spend days trying to decide on a title for an article.
Over thinking slowed me down tremendously and kept me from being as productive as I wanted to be. It’s only in the last few months that I’ve been much bolder about this. I’m learning that I don’t have to marry each decision I make. It’s OK if I make a mistake – things can always be changed down the road.
Stephanie L. Watson from Barry Publishing says
This is a really loaded question for me. There are too many times since the mid 1990′s when I entered the online marketing and business arena where I did not trust myself, or take a risk when my gut told me to. Email lists, using & learning WordPress, Self-Promotion are all areas in which I failed.
I’ve developed a system that works for me now, and I am working on every one of those things and then some, today. But it took me going through both undergraduate school and graduate school before I got it. Not everyone has to do that to finally realize the opportunities that are available to them, but I needed all that to gain confidence in my abilities and trust in my ideas.
Back in 1998 or 99, I was invited to a conference for an online magazine based on my association with a particular community website — I felt so out of place. I had no idea what anyone was talking about. In my mind I was just a mother earning pocket money so she didn’t have to get a job. It didn’t matter that I had a great mentor who was trying to help me. I didn’t trust myself to move forward — and frankly, I was very intimidated. That’s when I decided to get a degree in Business.
I earned enough money to put myself through college helping local businesses build simple HTML based websites. I also performed administrative tasks, like creating snail mail invitations, basically working as a Virtual Assistant before we knew that term. This was before the advent of inexpensive email. I still remember when it cost 25 cents to send an email and being online was very expensive. My business slowly moved forward to being 99 percent online with the advent of AdSense and niche mini websites.
But, I still just saw it all as a hobby. When I finished school, I’d get a real job. My hobby put me through grad school. I graduated in 2011. My children left the nest. Only then did I finally see that what I have is a real business. When I went to job interviews and realized what they were offering was far less than I was already making on an hourly basis, and that my freedom would be taken from me, I finally gave into the idea that I’m an online business owner and I need to trust myself.
So, if I could have just trusted myself more, that would be nice. However, I am where I am, and due to these experiences I can help other women who want to start online businesses realize, sooner than I did, that this is a real life business, not a hobby, that can produce real life changing income. If only you believe in it and do the work.
Courtney Chowning from CourtneyChowning.com says:
When I first started online back in 2006 social media wasn’t what it is today. In a way, running a online business was so much easier for me then. I only had to worry about SEO and ranking in search results. When social media started to get really popular I didn’t jump on board. In fact, I still struggle with social media today. I wish I would have been bolder in social media and putting myself out there to make connections. I feel like I am late to the party and playing catch up. But late is better than never and I’m making social media a priority this year.
Reba Collins from PLR One Stop says:
There’s no doubt there are a lot of areas where I could be bolder but I’m learning how to ‘feel the fear and then do it anyway’. I’ve been telling my kids that since they were tiny but so often I don’t listen to my own advice. Knowing that, I decided to make my word for the year – GUTS! I’ve got to have the guts to do the stuff that will make my website a success, there’s no way around it.
With PLR One Stop being so new, I haven’t yet run across much I wouldn’t do to make it grow. But that being said, I know I’m avoiding video and webinars. I will need to ‘feel the fear and then do it anyway’, and I will, I just need feel the fear a little bit longer
As an avid life long learner and person who seeks to constantly grow personally, this question invited me to deeply reflect. I didn’t expect it to be very popular but I asked it because like some of you, I love to feel inspired.
I’ve become mindful of the notion that it’s perhaps too easy to get caught up with the strategies, practices and numbers of the game. Every now and then, I think it serves some good to take a look at other factors that may put your business in control of you rather than you in control of it.
Yes, most people can attest to the fact that there were instances when they could have been bolder and trusted themselves a little more to take a leap. I for one, despite not having the experience and years collected in online marketing, have restricted myself tremendously. Let’s just say I’ve been spending way too much time preparing and not enough time doing. The lack of being bold in business kept me from launching when I needed to.
Personally, I’ve been fascinated with entrepreneurship for a good chunk of my life. What I’ve learned in my years studying businesses and the people who run them is that there are no real concrete rules when it comes to starting and growing a business.
So why do we insist on creating rules for ourselves?