This time of year is always a time to reflect and plan ahead. Some businesses are very busy, while others are less so as the silly season comes upon us. All routines tend to go out the window. Planning ahead tends to happen only after the New Year festivities are over, so take a little time for yourself in early January to think about what you want to be known for in 2019, and ask yourself the following questions:
There has never been a better time to be an entrepreneur. But when starting out in business, it can be tough to be the little fish in the big pond. The questions arise in your mind ‘Who is going to want what I offer?’, ‘What if I can’t help the client enough when they pay for my services?’, ‘Who am I to think I’m an expert?’.
So you are busy juggling and managing and balancing all the different areas of your life, and you are trying to get some spare time in your day to work on your side business.
What are the best ways to get this done without compromising any of the other things you need to get done in your day, the full time job, the kids (or pets or partner), hobbies (things you need for a work life balance), and time to relax and unwind at the end of the day.
There will be times that you feel the road is long and you may never get things off the ground the way you want to, and do you know what - that's OK! Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither will your business. If you want to avoid the complete loss of motivation and drive to move things forward, it's time to get accountable.
It’s easy in our digital age to see how much others are getting on with their lives. Facebook posts are always of happy couples, new babies, new jobs, all that good stuff. It would be easy to get stuck in the ‘comparisonitis’ game, wondering why you’re not as lucky, as thin, as smart, or as far ahead in your life as others.
There is always so much going on in our lives every day, it's hard to keep up with ourselves sometimes! However, 'clarity is power'as they say, so having clarity on what you are doing in your day when time is limited in starting a side business and there are a hundred and one things to do every day besides!
So you don’t know what you’re doing, and everyone is going to find out about it and point at you knowingly – welcome to Imposter Syndrome. This syndrome is very real for most of us – no matter how many accolades or how much success you achieve, you still don’t think you deserve the success that comes with it. You feel like a fraud, any success you have is linked to just good timing or a stroke of luck, or that you have blagged and conned your way into making everyone around you believe that you are better than you actually are