Haven’t you heard? All of the cool kids are starting a business these days! Sometimes they even passively aggressively bash W-2 earners. As if they’re in an elite club that makes them better than employees. For the record, I AM an entrepreneur. I run my own writing and editing firm and am here for anyone who needs help bringing a project to life.
But I understand something. Running a business isn’t for everybody. It’s a life changing decision whether you do it part timer or full time. Anyone can come up with an idea for a business and even start it. But can you sustain what you started? If you’re thinking of becoming an entrepreneur, you may want to reconsider if…
As an introvert I understand how challenging it can be to grow a small business. One of the easiest ways to generate leads is to network. Go out and talk to people that you don’t know – with your introverted self. Of course you’d rather be at home curled up on the couch with a blanket and a cup of tea. But you can’t grow professionally like that. Hell, you can’t grow period in that case. So how do you expand your business without having a mini (or huge) anxiety attack from dealing with people?
Well I’m glad you asked, haha! First of all let me be honest. To reach your full potential in business you will have to come out of your safe place. Being an introvert isn’t a valid excuse when you have goals to reach. If your tendency to withdraw comes from depression or low self-esteem then you need to deal with those things. From experience I can tell you that your business will suffer if the personal mental and emotional struggles aren’t handled.
Alright now that we’ve gotten that bit out of the way, let’s get down to business. If you’re an introvert but still want to grow your business, here’s how you can do it.
If you’re working on a book you’ll need an editor at some point. I know it’s tempting to save money by editing the book yourself but that’s such a bad idea. Your opinion of the book will be biased and your analysis of the book won’t be objective. But finding an editor that you’re comfortable with can be a challenge.
If you need an editor you probably will have more than enough things to ask! But for starters, here are 4 questions to ask before hiring them that will go a long way.
Millennials have changed the game. The American dream for us isn’t all about getting a good job and house with the white picket fence ASAP. Oh no, not anymore. What do we want? A fulfilling career! When do we want it? NOW! We crave freedom and want to make our money on our own terms. Which is exactly why a lot of us are turning to entrepreneurship.
Building a business isn’t easy. Thankfully we have pioneers to look up to that can help deter some bad decision making. But beware! I’ve yet to come across a one size fits all guide to growing a successful business. Even for my own company, I read books and get advice – but will tweak some of the information to fit my goals. Here are 4 things that I chose not to worry about as I built my writing business.
Lately I’ve been getting questions from people who are interested in starting a blog. Woo hoo! Of course I’m totally supportive of anyone who wants to do this because – hello, I’m a blogger! Realistically though, blogging isn’t for everyone. You may start out with great intentions and then lose that wind beneath your wings if you’re not really passionate about doing this. If you are, you can find the 5 things you need to lay your blogging foundation here. To go along with that download, here are 5 questions you’ll need to answer before launching a blog.
We all need biography at some point. If you’re in business, if you do performing arts….even when you die people will want to read your story. You should know yourself better than anyone else but it can be hard to take everything and condense it into a snapshot.
I’ve written bios for myself and clients too and want to share some tips that should help get you going.
Well 2016 sure is moving right along isn’t it? A new month, a new set of goals. Straight to the point today!
Confession: I used to self sabotage A LOT. There were times that I was aware of what I was doing, but other times I didn’t know I was doing anything wrong. Isn’t it crazy how we can form unhealthy habits without even realizing how much we;’re hurting ourselves. Here are some ways that you may be working against yourself.
Am I the only one feeling a bit overwhelmed by life lately? Things can move so fast sometimes and everywhere you look everyone is talking about constantly making progress. You know, the ones who claim to be #temnosleep. They hustle all the time, they’re always moving, travelling, at events. And you feel like you’re behind in the dust. I think this feeling happens to everyone at some point.