So I made it to my first birthday in my Aloe business and I’m pretty pleased with that. Yay 🍾🎉
When I started, was I sure I’d still be going strong 12 months later? If I’m honest, probably not. But do I know I’ll still be here 12 months from now? Yes I do! Now I’m no expert and I’ve still got a way to go to get to where I’ve set myself. But I am consistent, and have been since my first month. So I thought why not share how I’ve managed that 🙂 If you’re interested, here are the things that have worked for me…
- Just be yourself
If you’re anything like me, you may well be a little clueless in the beginning. And you know what? That’s perfectly fine! But the worst thing you can do is pretend to be something you’re not. I don’t mind the saying fake it til you make it but only from a mind set point of view. In a practical sense, never fake it. Be honest. Always. If you can’t answer a question straight away, don’t make it up. Just say you don’t know but you’ll find out. Then make sure you do find the answer. You’ll be thanked for your honesty in the long run.
- Take the time to know your stuff
I completely appreciate that starting a business is exciting and you’ll be itching to just get cracking. But how can you build trust with your future customers if you haven’t taken time to really know your products? The simplest way is to just use them yourself. If you already used them before starting then you have a head start! But it doesn’t end there. There are hours of video trainings available on all the products and they give you the opportunity to become an expert. Lots choose to dive in and not bother with the videos. But to me that’s madness! Use the training!
- Work on your mindset
Personal development is so important when you’re working for yourself. Work out the bits you need some help with and commit to learning them. And that’s not always easy, admitting there are some things you’re not that good at. But admitting and improving is so much better than winging it and never feeling confident. Believe in yourself and believe in the goals you’ve set. It’s your business and your vision – even if it’s invisible to everyone else never lose sight of it.
- Avoid spamming
Always remember that not everyone is interested in what you do. You’ll have people that want to help you and support you but you’ll also have people that just aren’t that interested. And that is perfectly ok! Don’t annoy them by constantly shoving your business down their throats. Remember social media is, on the whole, a place where people go to look at photos, catch up with people they haven’t the time to see, reconnect with people they’ve lost touch with. They don’t necessarily want posts every 5 minutes about your new venture.
- Hang on in there!
Don’t fall into the trap of believing it will all happen overnight. Sustainable businesses take time to build. They take hard work, consistency, determination and a lot of heart ❤❤ So many people give up when results aren’t immediate. If you were a teacher or a nurse or an accountant – would you give up trying for a promotion if you knew you had to wait 2 years to get there? Or would you work hard, get the training you need in the meantime and keep ploughing on until that promotion was yours? So never give up.
So those are the 5 things that have got me here, to the here and now. And no doubt there will be countless more lessons I’ll learn in my next 12, 24, 36 months. And I can’t wait! Really hope you find this helpful and I’ll speak you again soon.
Laters lovelies 😘