Owner of Current Design Studio, yogi + adventurer obsessed with living life to it's fullest + inspiring you to do the same!
Everyday before I even open my eyes I express gratitude. Not in a weird hippie moon circle dance my brothers think I do, but silently to myself. It’s usually things like getting to be barefoot, the wind blowing through the window, getting to live close to my parents, etc. but no matter what I’m always grateful that I spring out of bed and love my freaking job.
You guys, I’m not kidding. I’m obsessed. I dream about projects, get stoked to chat with my clients and I’m always thinking of my next big move – I. love. it.
But, there’s a lot that goes into running a small business that no one sees and this journey has been way different than I expected. To be honest, I’m not even sure what I thought it would be like I just really didn’t want to sit in a cubicle anymore.
It might all look like traveling and mimosas (in my case at least), but behind the scenes there’s late nights googling “how to make a spreadsheet” (yes, I did that), there’s self doubt wondering WTF you’re doing or if you even can, sacrificing time with friends and family and a lot, A LOT of your heart on the line.
It’s easy to stay comfortable, to do the thing that’s expected of you, to stay in your lane, but if you’re feeling there’s more than hating your 9 to 5 – I’m here to tell you there is.
Whether you’re a fellow entrepreneur (go us!), or you’re thinking of diving in, here are 10 things no one told me about entrepreneurship that I’ve learned over the years I hope you can relate to.
Just as the IRS considers you, you and your business are one and there’s really no separating you two. When you’re scaling your business, reading a bad review or working on a challenging project, you are pushing the limits to what you think you know and can go and that takes a lot of exploration personally.
Exploring your limits, checking in to you limiting beliefs, releasing the stories you’ve been telling yourself all these years – all require you to step OUT of your comfort zone and IN to the person (and business) you were meant to be.
Those negative thoughts, lazy habits and caring about what other people think HAVE to be left at the door or you will get nowhere. Didn’t you just read #1? I said you grow a lot (incase you skipped it), but you can’t grow if you don’t have a good mindset.
Exceeding goals, crushing your numbers and bringing in clients left and right does not come from rolling out of your bed and reading your phone. I just doesn’t. You have to be committed everyday to be being the best possible version of yourself or you will never make it.
A friend one time said to me, “I wish I was an entrepreneur so I could take a lot of vacations”. Umm, WTF does she think I do before I go on those vacations? Obviously I’m not posting pictures of me in my robe until 3am trying to get a new contract out, or the fact that I have been on back to back client calls all morning or that I’ve worked the past 6 Sundays in a row just to go on this trip.
Okay, rant over, but if you are seeing these #digitalnomads pictures of people traveling and working, don’t be mistaken by the amount of planning, grit and HUSTLE that goes into getting that done.
Now, I’m not saying it’s not possible, because it is – I’m doing it, but I’m saying that it takes a lot of work and mindset (back to #2) in order to create discipline within your freedom.
As the great Marie Forleo says, “Marketing is the lifeblood of your business” and this is absolutely true. You can’t have a website and then tell the universe okay I’m ready – bring me the clients! You will hear crickets.
Without marketing your business has nothing. Don’t know marketing? Google, YouTube and Teachable are great resources – invest. Instagram stories, Facebook Live, Pinterest, LinkedIn, networking events, cold emails, ANYTHING, you have to get yourself out there in order to get clients.
You just can’t go at it alone. You can’t. I have an army of people in order to get where I am today (shout out to my team), but over everything I have a tribe of fellow entrepreneurs to support me, bounce ideas off each other and just be there to vent.
It has been a game changer.
So, before you even get started, know that you cannot and will not reach your goals without support from others and open yourself up!
Originally I was going to put all 10 of these into one blog post, but I realize I have a lot to say and I think it’s important for you to read this. Next week I’ll post about the next five.
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