I try to encourage people who are passionate about what they do and have interest in entrepreneurialism to take the risk. I know everyone’s journey in starting a business can be vastly different, but I’ll share with you five important things that made it possible to do what I do.
As for knowledge, you may be really good at what you do, but perhaps you’re not quite there yet to be the “expert” you want to be in order to have the confidence to get this going. Take classes, whether it pertains to building direct skills surrounding creating your product or service, or to become familiar with business practice. Arm yourself with confidence, and understand that you can’t possibly know everything. You’re going to learn more than you can imagine as you go, so at some point you just have to bite the bullet and GO!
It’s easy to feel intimidated at the idea of reaching out to someone who’s work you admire to ask for their advice or help. We can put people on pedestals, especially if they’re doing something we want to be doing. I’ve found that 90% of times, people are happy to help you out. You’d be surprised what you can learn. And don’t take it personally if you don’t hear back from them. Just go for it! You have nothing to lose. I’ve gained a mentor and a partnership, just because of an initial email for advice.
After having stuck up a conversation with someone, be it a competitor or potential customer, it’s really amazing when you can contact them down the road to thank them and let them know that their input helped to get you where you are now and that they were a part of your journey. Also, remember to return the favor. One day you might be in a position to help someone get their biz off the ground. Pay it forward!
You may have a grand vision from your brand. That’s amazing! Keep that vision! But I’d suggest starting small and grow slowly and organically. You’re likely not going to be rolling in money overnight, so take your time to get there. Running like a tortoise will take some of the pressure off your business plan predictions and help you to win the race!
Also, practice selective hearing. There will be people that tell you what you’re about to do is a crazy idea and warn you to not do it. Even close friends may surprise you by their attitudes towards your courage, or even your success. This is often a reflection of their own insecurity. This has nothing to do with you. After all, after having written a wicked business plan, you’re going to be super sure that this is something you want to explore, and no one should be able to rock your boat!
Make a promise to yourself to schedule in things that are important to you that have nothing to do with work. Build taking care of yourself into your daily routine!
Thanks so much for having me on your beautiful blog! Dream big, lovelies, and good luck realizing it!
Thankyou so much Kristiann! I know that there are many of us out there who dream of turning something we love into a living; and it’s great to get some insight and advice from someone who’s only gone and done it!! If you guys want to hear more about how Kristiann got started, she and Etsy teamed up recently to make this fantastic video; and to keep updated with where this business is going (places methinks!) you can follow Victory Pattern’s blog here.
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Have a great day!!