Go the extra mile? Can you do it? What does it take? You might be a little uncomfortable with these questions.
So, you decide to start your own business. Maybe, it is a brick and mortar business with an actual storefront. Or, perhaps, you have an online side gig that you are trying to launch. You just know that you want to work for yourself.
Working for Yourself
Working for yourself has a lot of perks. To name a few…
- Flexible hours
- Unlimited earning potential
- Ability to choose where you work
- Opportunity to follow a passion
- Opportunity to develop a talent
Trying to Go that Extra Mile
Truthfully, I don’t know which is more difficult – opening a brick and mortar storefront or building an online business. In the last eight years, I have done both. Having worked for someone else since I was fifteen years of age, I knew that I was ready to do whatever it took to work for myself.
In 2011, I had retired from my first career, went back to school, and got my Master Cosmetologist License. If you know my story, then you know that I grew up in my grandparents’ beauty and barber shops. My goal was to open my beauty and barber shop. In 2016, that dream came true.
About the time I retired, I went into the direct selling industry. I have been with my present company for eight years and have done well locally.
A steady clientele enables me even to afford to open my beauty and barber shop. So, the direct selling side gig provided that extra income needed to make one goal become a reality.
About the time I retired, I went into the direct selling industry. I have been with my present company for eight years and have done well locally. I have a steady clientele that enables me even to afford to open my beauty and barber shop. So, the direct selling side gig provided that extra income needed to make one goal become a reality.
A couple of years ago, I decided to step up my online activity. Now, I was as clueless as a goat in a snowstorm. I only knew that this was the direction that I needed to go in. Boy, I have had a huge learning curve!
Through it all, I have learned a few things that might be helpful to you! Recently, one of my mentors reaffirmed this learning. So, maybe, this insight can help you.
What have I learned from starting up my businesses? Well, here it goes.
Pursue your dream. When your peers give you a hard time, just smile. They are probably jealous or cannot believe that you have the guts to follow your dream. It is okay!
Exercise passionate in your pursue. If you don’t love what you do, then you won’t enjoy it as much.
Invest in your learning and your business. You are worth the money investment!
Stay focused on your long term goals breaking them down into smaller, more manageable goals.
Master one marketing or business method or strategy in the beginning. Example: Facebook marketing and ads.
Channel your energy to achieve a particular goal using an action plan. Action plans have to have legs and feet. So, focus on income-producing activities to accomplish that goal. Be sure to evaluate the outcome of your events. If they are working, keep them. If not, either revamp those activities or ditch them
Get creative. And if you have don’t have that creative, then surround yourself with folks who are. You can pick up ideas from the people hang out with offline and online. Thus, be selective about who you hang out within the first place.
Get Down to the Gritty Truth
Be persistent and consistent. Most success stories don’t happen overnight.
Have a vision of where you are going and don’t be afraid to put it down on paper. A vision board is an excellent tool to help flesh out your dreams, vision, and goals.
Take massive actions. If you are going to launch, build and grow an offline or online business, you can dive in feet first. Or, you can put a couple of toes in the water before you dive in. Just be prepared for the ride.
If you are willing to do what has to be done, then you can go the extra mile. So, there you go. I hope that you find something in this writing that you can use.
If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact me!
Have a blessed and happy day!
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