I have been dipping my toes into the big bad world of business since the early age of 19. There have been many ups, many downs, and many in-betweens. At the end of the day, there was always a lesson to be had and progress to be made.
Whenever I look back at where I have been in business and where I am now, I always refer to a couple simple things… two things that I feel every business owner should ALWAYS remember.
1.) Have Confidence.
I decided to open my own store when I was 19. My goals were endless, and my plans were huge. When I was going through the motions of my business plan, I kept running into people whom I like to call “Negative Nancy’s.” (No offense, Nancy).
I would hear things like: “Do you have any idea what you are getting yourself into?” “How old are you again?” “Do your parents know that you are doing this?”
Let me tell you… the thing that saved me was my persistence and confidence. I knew what I wanted, and I wasn’t going to let anyone get in my way.
Be confident in your choices and in your business. The moment you let that slip, you may find your goals a lot further away than you’d like.
2.) Do Your Research.
One thing that I learned REALLY quickly when I decided to open my business was that it’s best to do your research SOONER rather than LATER. There are people you will encounter who will support and encourage you, and there are people who will try and shut you down and stop your momentum.
Avoid any slow-downs or hiccups in your business by knowing exactly who, what, when, where, and why.
The more details and information you have in order before you begin to implement, the quicker and smoother your process will be.
There you have it. Whether you're just starting out, or you've been in business for 15+ years, know what you are talking about and radiate that confidence.
What have you learned from your years in business? Let us know in the comments below!
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