5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started My Business

Starting a business is terrifying. You’ve never done it before, you don’t know how things work or how things will go, and you’re taking a huge risk. Kudos to all business owners! If you’re just starting out, this blog is for you. I want to share five things I wish I knew before I started my business. I hope it prepares you even just a little more for the highs and lows to come.

1. Anxiety is just part of it.

College was the first time I realized I had anxiety and experienced a panic attack. Starting my own business, I learned about so many new ways anxiety can happen.

Anxious-excited. Anxious-nervous. Anxious-scared. Anxious can’t-breathe. 

Anxious-happy.

Anxiety is natural when you’re taking risks and trying new things. Just don’t let it take hold of you and keep you from following your dreams and continuing to take risks. That’s what business is all about.

Find your own healthy way to cope with it. I make a conscious effort to take time off and set boundaries related to working hours. I also make time for my hobbies outside of work. Both of these have really helped my anxiety. Once you can get a handle on it, you’ll be okay. 

2. Comparing yourself to others can kill you.

Social media makes it super easy to look at other business owners and see their success and wish it was your own.

Stop doing that right now.

You don’t know their journey and what they went through to get there. Again, social media only shows you what people want you to see. Their “perfect life” might not be so perfect offline. You don’t see the tears, stress, anxiety, frustration, self-doubt, and imposter syndrome on Instagram. You see the highs and wins that they’re willing to share with the world to keep up an appearance. 

Plus, they might have an extra ten years on your business. If you’re a beginner, you can’t compare where you are to someone who has been in business much longer than you. They’re just in a different place, and that’s okay! You’ll get there someday, but don’t let it distract you from where you are now.

Stay in your lane, keep doing what you’re doing, and you’ll be much happier.

3. Take advice with a grain of salt.

You’re going to get a lot of advice from a ton of people – some with years of experience, some with little to none – both solicited and not solicited. People are always putting out content, and you’ll be bombarded with advice, tips, checklists, resources, and much more. Be picky on what email lists you sign up for, who you follow on social media, and from whom you follow advice. Always listen, but sift through it wisely. It’ll make your life much easier. 

4. Find your community.

“Your community” is not everyone. They are those that not only support you, but make you better, inspire you, challenge you, and believe in you. But also, they are the ones that are going to be real with you and be hard on you when they know you need to hear the hard truth. These are the people who you can trust to give you the best advice that will help you improve. 

Your community might not be your friends or family. Don’t get me wrong, friends and family can be amazing support systems. But if you’re the only entrepreneur in your close friends or family, you should look for others to be part of your community. You want people who personally know what you’re going through, your goals, and your dreams. Join a few Facebook groups The Break Room ☕️ | A Community for Service Providers and find like-minded people who can be part of your supportive community.

5. It’s totally worth it – 100%.

Buckle up and enjoy the ride. Between all the highs and the lows, the risk is totally worth it. You’re building a legacy to be proud of. You’re helping people solve a problem. You’re making a difference. No one can take that away from you. You’re in charge of your destiny, so stick with it. 

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