There are so many hills and valleys in one’s business life. When I look back at some of my earlier years, I wish the experienced me had been there to say, “Brenda, it really all does work out.” Wow, I had doubts…many times!
Many of you may know the Serenity Prayer. It goes like this:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
I sat down one day recently thinking about the Serenity Prayer and thinking about business life. Living out a dream of having a successful business takes a lot of acceptance, courage, and wisdom.
Today I’m sharing some of what I’ve learned along the way. I hope maybe one or two of these bits of business advice gives you strength to go out there do one more good thing for your business that leads to having a great week. Those weeks turn into months which turn into years…successful ones!
- It’s okay to dream big but don’t forget to take the small steps necessary to reach goals.
- “Getting there” really is the best part. Enjoy the journey of your career.
- Make a practice of paying off your business credit card every month.
- Save…every week. Get a savings account and fill it regularly so you never feel stuck.
- Not all clients are right for you.
- Lean on colleagues. They’ll become friends along the way.
- Seek the counsel of someone who can see what’s in your blindspot.
- There are many reasons to get down when you’re running your own business but there’s always a reason to get back up: the look on your client’s happy face!
- If you mess up with a client do what you can to clean it up. And then stop beating yourself up and move on.
- Don’t compare your career to the career of others. Your business is unique and your own.
- When you panic, as you will, remember the good work you do. Tomorrow will be better.
- Don’t assume no one sees your newsletters or Facebook posts.
- The best antidote to the fear of public speaking is preparation.
- Practice the beginning and the ending of your presentation. Everything else can be improvised if necessary.
- Listen three times more than you speak.
- Pick up the phone and talk to people: colleagues, clients, associates.
- Your best day financially is not going to magically be repeated every single day. It’s okay.
- Believe it: Good people want to help you.
- A good night’s sleep is your best tool for preparing to see a client.
- Keep a client journal so before your next appointment you can refresh your memory of what your client wants to accomplish this next time.
- Never expect a client to remember what you said. This is easy stuff for you to understand but hard for her. Be a patient wardrobe coach.
- Dress so you don’t ever have anything to apologize for.
- Leave your personal life details out of your client appointment. That appointment is all about them.
- Get interested in your money. Learn to read a profit and loss statement.
- Acknowledge your wins and accomplishments each week. Share them with someone else.
Are there things you’d add to this list? Do share!