Today, October 1, 2015 marks one year since I started accepting business coaching clients. I want to share with you lessons I learned within my first year in business. As you know I don’t mind being transparent about the failures and successes that I’ve experience in business because the goal is to prevent others from making the same mistakes. Although I founded a nonprofit organization in 2011, this is my first time owning a for profit business.
- Optimistic about future opportunities
- Our ideas make 100% sense to you but no one else
- Late nights, early mornings
- Laptop = BFF
So, we’ve all gone through something where we feel like we’ve done our best and the results aren’t what we prayed and hoped for; that initial shock hurts. However, once that is gone, you feel a relief and you get yourself together and prepare to move forward. You gather your thoughts and you clear your mind, you go back and ask God for guidance. This is the same thing that we should do in regards to the Presidential election.
- Starbucks Gift Card – Entrepreneurs cannot get enough of Starbucks, not just because of the variety of coffee, teas, food, and treats, but because of the calming atmosphere and free Wi-Fi. Being in an atmosphere like Starbucks allows entrepreneurs to stay focused and get work done especially if they do not have an office space. Most times when entrepreneurs start their business they have a home office or work from their beds, it’s refreshing to work outside of that space. Starbucks gift cards can range from $5 and up.
“I’m having a private party, ain’t nobody here but me, my angles, and my guitar singin’ baby look how far we’ve come” – India Arie
As an entrepreneur, even as an aspiring entrepreneur we tend to be hard on ourselves when we haven’t met our goals or when we aren’t in the place we feel like we should be in. We have to sometimes stop and think about what we have already accomplished.