Ok, so of course I knew that it would be hard, but I don’t think anything can prepare you for taking on your own business. No matter how many people tell you its going to be hard work, you never truly will know the extent of it until you do it. It doesn’t matter how many lists you write, or people you speak to, its an almost certainty that you will have forgotten something or something will go wrong.
I have jumped feet first into business, acted first and thought later. This approach is one which tends to be my ‘go to’ for most big decisions in life and that may bring criticism my way for having little patience, but I think now more than ever it is vital I stay true to myself.
One of the most important things to remember is that its OK….it’s OK to make a mistake, it’s OK to have a cry, it’s OK to feel overwhelmed because at the end of the day, I did it. I had the courage to take the leap into the unknown world of business.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to be Lord Sugars new business partner any time soon, and I still have A LOT to learn, but would I be learning it if I was still sat at home talking about it?…probably not.
My business is my baby and the reality is, I suddenly have this thing that needs all of my energy and attention and although I know the end goal, there is no set way to reach it. Like every other person nurturing something which can only survive if you give it the means to do so, I am driven, devoted and passionate but I too am tried, and I make mistakes…because I am human and that’s OK.
It has taken me a while to realise I need to start taking my own advice. And when people come to me for guidance, I always try to be objective, see it from all points of view and help them reach a balanced, informed decision. However, my parting piece of advice is always ‘Do what feels right for you at the time’. And I believe the same applies to business, of course there needs to be logic and lists and professional advice…but why does anyone start a business in the first place…? I know why I started;-
– Sometimes you get it right, sometimes you get it wrong, sometimes you turn your brand new tea urn on with the instructions and drip tray inside and then wonder what that funny smell is…but as long as you remember why you’re doing it, why you started, what drives you, the mistakes don’t matter, it’s what you learn from them, no matter how big or small a lesson it is.
At the end of the day, when I power down, whether that be the coffee machine, my laptop or just my little brain, I love the feeling I get from knowing why I started and most importantly…that I’m doing it my way.