I wrote this post some time ago (just never posted it), but I thought it was necessary to share it with you as one mom in business to another. When I first started doing business, I didn’t know what it meant to really run an online business, including all of the self-work that I needed to do. In the words of Lauryn Hill, “how you gonna win when you ain’t right within”. And this lyric is sooo true. Now these elements aren’t everything you need (of course) but it sure is necessary….
Keep posting and they will come.
Keep promoting and they will buy.
Nope, not at all. And definitely not in that order. Having a business was nothing like I expected it to be, and some days, it still isn’t. When I first started the whole “making money online” thing, it was just that…making money. It wasn’t about building a brand or developing a sustainable business for years to come.
It was like literally throwing spaghetti on the wall and seeing what would stick. So, over the years I learned a lot more about what it means to build an online business from scratch and the personal development haul that comes along right with it.
I’ve put together 6 key factors for thriving online, whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been in the game for awhile.
Acquire the Skills of a Leader
When we think of leading we often think of one who calls the shots and makes the final decisions. While this is true, leading in entrepreneurship comes with several different components as it pertains to your life and business.
Leaders are equipped with the intent of accepting challenges, facing effective changes, and taking risks. All of these traits are conducive with thinking like a boss. And as you make the transition from an employee to an entrepreneur, you will find that becoming a leader is just as important as owning your business.
There is no doubt that every entrepreneur wants to be great and successful. However, success comes with a lot of hard work, including personal development and management skills.
Let me explain….
As you transition out of corporate and into the business world (if you haven’t done so already), you’re going to feel a new found freedom that you haven’t experienced before. This is a change that effects you and your family tremendously. It is always suggested that you work on your self-development as you work on starting and maintaining your business.
Here’s the reason why: Your mindset has to shift because over 90% of your success will depend on it. This means you are no longer waiting for what comes your way, you are going after it. You don’t give up when things don’t go your way, you face fear with courage.
Lead with Passion and Purpose
One thing that I’ve learned over the years, is what separates the purpose-driven entrepreneur from the money-driven entrepreneur. When you are doing business from a place of passion and purpose, you are not only fulfilling the lives of others through impact, but you are also fulfilling your own life.
Looking at this from a perspective of “it’s not about me, it’s about others” allows you to use your gifts and uniqueness to make a difference in the lives of other people. Your goals are more meaningful, you become more resilient, and your dreams seem more like reality.
On the other hand, when your focus is on money, you miss out on the joy that empowers you to succeed.
Have you ever wondered why so many successful business owners are so unhappy? More than likely it’s because they aren’t operating from their soul or living their purpose.
As mothers and as women, we all have concerns about our path and expectations for the future. At some point, you might feel as though you don’t have what it takes to continue on your journey.
Remember this: There is no specific box that you must fit into. What you are passionate about will look different in the eyes of others and while your ideas may seem crazy to some, your strengths should be used for many. This is what makes entrepreneurship so brilliant. You have the ability to be creative and monetize your ideas, all while making an impact.
Set Specific Goals
Setting goals are an important part of business ownership. No matter what you plan on doing as you start and run your home based business, creating specific goals will help you with the transition.
Let’s say you are still working a job and you just aren’t finding enough time to get things done business wise. You might have to stretch beyond your comfort zone to move forward. But when you are specific and realistic, it makes the process a lot easier.
If it looks overwhelming, it probably is. If it’s easier to set goals weekly, do it. You’re not in competition with yourself. Do things with ease in your business.
Implement to completion
You don’t need to stress yourself out by trying to do too many things at one time. All you need to do is stay on track. Too many things will burn you out quicker than you can say “BOO”. Do a little today and a little tomorrow. Just keep going until the task is done.
Decide and conquer
Believe in what you are doing and make it a priority in your life. Change your self-talk from “I can’t right now” to “I’m going to do this now”. This can be a challenge for some, but it’s worth the fight. Make concrete decisions about what you will do, without excuses.
When I stopped making excuses for why I couldn’t get things done, a lot of sh*t got done. It’s called self-discipline. It’s like a muscle that needs to be exercised on a regular, consistent basis to be effective. Yes, just like physical exercise.
Inspiration will add fuel to your fire. Sometimes you need a little pick-me-up to keep going. Think about your “why” for motivation. I promise you, I seek inspiration daily. I get tons of ideas (sometimes it’s idea overload) and encouragement to keep pushing through.
If you ever find yourself looking a blank computer screen, not knowing what to write or not knowing what to do next, start seeking. Sometimes what you are looking for is right around you.
Define Your Own Success
Success is not defined by one person. What looks like success to one person might look different to another. It’s important for you to know what your vision is and get clarity there first, before you begin your journey.
As you begin to open up and discover more about what’s meaningful to you, you’ll have a better idea of what elements make up success as you see it. It could be losing 20 pounds in the next three months, taking a dream vacation, or sending your kids to private school.
I define success as: Serving others purposefully, with gratitude, and encountering happiness through it all. However you define it, make it so that it’s your own, according to your purpose.
Never underestimate your worth or where you are on your journey according to a timetable other than your own. We spoke earlier about the skills of a leader in which one of them had to do with mindset.
Being continuous with the renewing of your mind will enable you to move beyond a level of being comfortable and help you to become more aware of your capabilities. As you open your mind to many possibilities, realize that where you are now is just the surface. There are no limitations on your potential.