Starting a business or venturing out to do something entrepreneurial on your own is risky and most people won’t have the nerve to do it, but for those of us who refuse to settle it’s a challenge we are willing to accept. I’ve always know since I was young that I wanted to be my own boss. I thrive on independence and having control of my freedom. I launched my own fashion brand – MyTee B.A.D. Clothing about 3 years ago and it hasn’t been easy to say the least.
I am still a work in progress every single day, but here are three of the biggest lessons I have learned thus far.
- Scared Money Won’t Make Money: To be an entrepreneur you have to be okay with the idea of being broke. You will blow money and fast and if you’re lucky make just enough to keep you from starving. Starting a business costs and you will need to invest everything that you can into it so if not being able to go out for dinner or buy the latest shoes is going to be a problem for you then stick to your day job.
- Strangers Will Show More Love: It’s still crazy to think that many of my biggest supporters have been people I have never met before. Unfortunately many of your friends and family will not be as supportive of your endeavors as you might like them to be. This was a tough pill to swallow and can really make things hard if you let it get it to you. Know that just because your friends aren’t buying what you’re selling it doesn’t mean that there aren’t way more people out there who will.
- Your Attitude is EVERYTHING: If you don’t feel confident in what you are doing or have a negative attitude be prepared for a whole lot of going nowhere with your business. You have to wholeheartedly believe in what you are doing in order to really succeed. Doubt, negativity and fear will keep you stuck in a terribly awful rut feeling like a dog chasing its tail. Trust me, I’ve been there. Believe that you deserve success and that what you are putting out there is worth it. If you don’t believe in what you are doing how can you expect anyone else to buy into it?
What has been a hard lesson (business or personal) you have learned recently?
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