So it’s the day after the Melbourne Cup, and we all know that two horses sadly lost their lives after the great race at Flemington. One by a complete freak accident, the other by what seems to be a heart attack. Social media is completely on fire with arguments for and against racing, with propaganda, emotional outbursts, some abuse and graphic images. Continue reading
I know, I know- I’ve been super quiet the last few months… but I have a good reason! I followed my own advice and stopped trying to do everything at once, and instead focused with laser accuracy on achieving one goal. And you know what? it worked!
Find out what happened in this weeks blog- Continue reading
I’ve just got back in the office after 2 weeks holidays in the North West of Western Australia, where I was lucky enough to spend time swimming with Whale Sharks and green Turtles at Ningaloo reef, and hanging out with the dolphins at Monkey Mia.
It was a well deserved break, let me tell you!
When was the last time you too time out from your business?
It can be a scary thing to do. To change your answering machine message and pop on an autoresponder on your email if you are a sole trader, or even to leave your staff in charge if you work with a team.
But it’s VITAL to the growth and development of your business.
It’s VITAL to keep your passion for your clients and customers alive.
It’s VITAL to your own health and wellbeing, as well as your family!
Remember why you started your business- for the freedom, the choice, the independence? If you get stuck in the day to day cycle of work, work work IN your business, you never get the chance to step back, recharge, rejuvenate and enjoy the spoils of all your hard work.
If taking time out freaks you out, start small. Take a long weekend away, and TURN OFF YOUR PHONE. Enjoy it, do something completely different. Live life.
Of course, you need to have systems in place to let you do this, and not have your business fall in a heap while you are away. If you want to ask me about what systems you need so that you can finally take a holiday, I would love to share! Pop you name in the box to the right and I’ll be in touch.
I bet you started your business the same way huh? You came up with this great idea to work for yourself, working your own hours, doing the thing that you love the most. I bet that it was a bit of a leap of faith for most of you, without a huge capital investment behind you to get you going, and just your trusty little credit card to get you started.
You started a little website, you bought the products that you loved and knew would help your potential clients, and then you set out to tell people about them. Or, you decided to put yourself out there offering a unique service that you loved to do because it makes such a huge difference in to your client’s lives, and you figured you could make a living from it, right?
Small business is hard. It’s super hard and really scary when you get to the point that your credit card is maxed out, there’s not enough cash coming in, and you start to doubt. You start to feel the fear. You start to wonder if you really can help these people and their animals. What the hell are you doing? What was wrong with working for someone else and earning a wage anyway??
I understand, I’ve felt that fear. I’ve cried those tears. I’ve maxed out my card too many times to remember. I almost have given everything up, for real, twice. I even sold half my business to someone else, and then regretted it instantly and had to work to buy it back.
The important thing, is that when things got really bad, I had someone to help me. I had someone that I could turn to, who could see the wood from the trees and calmly ask me “What can you do TODAY to bring in more leads?”. “What can you do NOW to improve your cashflow?” And then they worked with me to get me out of survival mode and into a profitable, workable business.
That “someone” was actually three people- my lovely supportive husband was certainly one. My business coach was a huge factor, and the ME with my Big Girl Pants on. The bigger, braver version of me that really, REALLY believed in what I was doing and that I could make it work. The SuperHero version of ME that kept learning, kept exploring, kept experimenting and testing to see what worked, and then implementing and doing MORE of what was working.
So, from those 3 businesses started from scratch I learned from the failures of the first one, created and developed something really cool and unique and PROFITABLE with the second, and now with the third, I hope to show you how to develop your business into something really cool and unique and profitable- a business that will support your life, your loves, your passion. A business that brings joy not only to you, but joy to the people and the animals you are helping as well.
If you are feeling lost, alone or a little bit of the fear, let me help you. Lean on someone who has been there before you, you don’t have to go it alone.
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Here’s a little countdown for you that was inspired by a video I watched yesterday (I’ll post a link at the end, it’s super!). I’ve called it 10 Things You Might Not Know About Me, because well, we’re just getting to know each other a little bit!
#10- I’ve Failed.
Yup, I admit it, I have failed. It is not always rosey and cheery and puppies and unicorns in the world of small business, just as it is with life in general. I have certainly made my fair share of mistakes and errors, and yes even what I would call great failures.
Personally, I don’t think there is anything to be ashamed of about your failures, as long as you come out of them having grown and learned a lesson from it. A lot of great businesses have grown directly from a failure of some kind. Jochan Schleese from Schleese Saddles often tells the story of how he failed his horse as a competitive rider, and from that failure he studied and learned and developed his saddle systems and philosophy. You can hear some of his story here.
Jochan’s failure was a very personal and emotional one, and one that has driven everything that he has done in his business since for the benefit of a great many horses and their riders.
My failure I was not quite so emotionally attached to, but it certainly effected my bank balance. I started an online business a couple of years after returning from traveling and working in the UK and Europe. I did very little preparation. I did no market research. I knew nothing about importing, pricing, websites, e-commcere, marketing. I had no business experience at all, apart from working freelance previously, and some good copy writing skills. I started that business basically with $2000 and my credit cards, and trundled along for almost 4 years getting more and more in debt, listening to more and more poor advice from people who did not understand my market or what I had of value to offer. I ended up in a lot of debt.
That first business failed. I failed. I made poor decisions, sought the wrong advice and even though my products were fabulous and my pricing was reasonable, I never got ahead of the game.
I learned a lot from that failure though. I learned you need to speak with your market, not at them. I learned that no matter how good the product is, if your client does not feel the need for it, they won’t buy it. I learned the value of building a community around what I do, and sharing my knowledge to help others. I learned to “love the numbers” and how to better manage my finances. I upskilled, went on courses, experimented, looked to others outside my industry for inspiration. I learned that I had a lot to learn.
My second business grew from these experiences and failures. From the beginning it grew, and grew and grew, and it’s still growing. I built that business from the skills and knowledge I had gained from the failure of the first. I am so very grateful for those lessons, even though it cost me a great deal of cash in the process.
Now, with Get Up & Gallop I’m on a mission to help other small business owners, just like you, to learn from my failures, my mistakes so that you don’t have to go down that path. So that you can lean on someone who has been there before. So that you don’t have to go through it alone.
And as I promised, here’s the video that has inspired this little countdown of sorts: