The Raw Truth About Being An Entrepreneur
Today’s post will be a bit different than what you’ve been accustomed to seeing from me in the past months. I felt the need to share a post on the raw facts and truths of being a work-at-home mom and entrepreneur. I trust this will not make me look any less in your eyes, but I wanted to share the truth and ensure that all of you know that I am not here to present a look that everything can be done without hiccups, trials and errors. I am human, I am not a robot, I am not some computer machine who can just spit out something as someone wishes it to be, being an entrepreneur is hard work!
Recently, I was reminded of the need to be very transparent and open with those who you are endeavoring to support and help along the way and that has inspired this post today. I never want to make things look like I’m just faking it till I make it. I don’t believe in that philosophy, there is too much mental illness in the world and impostor syndrome is a real thing. In my nearly 3 years of doing this online business thing there have been highs and lows, some lows where I thought I was going to just throw in the towel and be done. Somehow, I found the strength and the will to trudge on through those times, put a smile on my face, get behind the camera/video and post yet again. So, you might be asking “well, how did you do it?” Honestly at times, I wasn’t sure how I functioned on. But, I’m going to share some things with you today about staying the course and sticking it out.
I will be honest and say that I haven’t arrived yet, I’ve not reached all my business goals, but I’m sure working hard on them. Been distracted? Oh, yes many, many times. I’m a creative entrepreneur so it seems like everyday there is something new out there you know “shiny object syndrome“, to grab my attention. My business coach put the idea in my head to create a big book of ideas and start writing things down to try to brain dump, well it’s about time to do that again and get my ideas out in the open in order to move forward.
I will be honest and say that I haven’t arrived yet, I’ve not reached all my business goals. #entrepreneur #keepingitreal #bossmom
Tip #1: Get a large notebook and write down your ideas
Being a creative entrepreneur is challenging, you often have a lot of ideas for programs, services, and/or products that you could be offering. So, get out that big book of ideas and start writing them down, it doesn’t mean that you’ll never get to them, but it helps to clear the mind of constantly running away with those ideas. Then you can remember them and revisit them when your business is in a slow spot as we all know happens.
Tip #2: Have the motivational quotes handy.
Sometimes it’s difficult when you work from home to stay focused and to feel like you’re a part of something bigger. We are responsible for motivating ourselves to do whatever it is that we have on our plates for that particular day. Especially if you’re a mom and wife on top of being a boss! You’ve got those loads of laundry, the kids, the husband/significant other, maybe the dog or the cat or both to deal with and it can get real overwhelming. So, one thing that has helped me is to write motivational quotes or self affirmations on the bathroom mirror. Yes, my kids asked me why I was writing on the mirror and what it said. One quote that I have running through my mind a lot is:
“There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask “What if I fall?”
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?”
― Erin Hanson
Tip #3: Get an accountability partner
If you don’t already have one, an accountability partner is a great resource and friend! There are many different groups on Facebook that are directed towards business. They are great places to put out feelers for an accountability partner. It is nice if said partner is close in area to you so that you can even meet up for coffee and help to encourage one another. Being an entrepreneur is hard work, it’s not a one and done, overnight rich thing. Some people might think “Wow, you have the freedom to do what you want, when you want!” when in truth there are certain things that have to be done at certain times.