We held the Build my Brand Workshop last Saturday and it was great but you see, I was a nervous wreck before the event. There was so much going through my head before the D –Day. Needed to be sure it was worthwhile, needed to ensure we answered all their burning questions, needed to be sure we have people actually attend. There were loads of enquiries but a lot of people dropped off with excuses… “Oh I have another event that day”, “The fee” , ‘Oh I don’t plan to feel well that day”, loll. You get the point. These and more were issues that contributed to my nerves, but you see, anyone who wants to do anything new (at least for them), or something ,worthwhile will have the mental struggle, it is pretty standard. I did learn from the experience.
So we celebrated 6 years of marriage recently, yay! And being the blogger that I am, I simply must document my thoughts and learnings to encourage someone. Here are 6 of my many reflections. Enjoy and be sure to read my other articles-links below.
We live in different times. These are times in which the walls of distance, space, and time zones have crashed significantly. Those are not the only things that have crashed however, we can finally begin to shed all our mindset prisons with regards to how life should be lived in general. Many of us, millennials, are finally able to live our truths. We don’t have to adhere to prototypes as established by our parents’ and grandparents’ generations with regards making a living, marriage, family-life relationships and more.
I remember when I was in a 9-5 job and I would joke about how hard I worked and say things like “ If I worked for myself, I know where I would be today”. Oh well, it certainly is not that cut and dried because you go through so many seasons when you work for yourself.
Since I started working for myself, I‘ve realised there will be days of obscurity, lack, pain, gruelling work and long hours but there will be moments of triumph, hope and “pay”!!! That being said, this life is not for everyone! In fact, I embarked on it unwittingly! Here are 3 reasons why you should start your own business and 3 reasons why you should not:
I NEVER SET OUT TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR, NEVER! As far as I knew, I was not cut out for navigating the business world on my own. I was a good employee at a decent place with a steady income. I was fine until I was not fine anymore. I wanted to use those gifts on my inside the way I wanted, I wanted to optimize them. You know, those gifts that show up as tiny glimpses in moments of inspiration. In December 2015, I suddenly decided to take the plunge and not start my business but work with the family business for a bit to enable me re-discover some things, see things from a different perspective.
After a bit, I became restless again. I still wanted more so I asked myself “ What innate and acquired skills do I have that will provide more self fulfilment and earn me additional income?” I decided to offer my brand building, marketing and creative skills to businesses who can’t afford an agency. Believe me, the day I wanted to launch, I was terrified! I postponed that day several times, asking myself deprecating and needless questions but I’ve so evolved….. below are few of the lessons I have learnt and re-learnt.
Starting a new business is exciting…and scary, very scary. You’re surviving on little more than adrenaline coffee and a dream. You’re making lots of important decisions that will undoubtedly affect your future, and you don’t know if they’re going to pay off or not. It’s a lot to deal with, so it isn’t surprising that around 80 percent of new businesses fail in the first year!
The stats might not look good, but you need to remember that 20 percent of startup do fight to live another day and there is no reason you cannot be one of them, especially if you apply these first-year startup tips:
Toxic employees can really kill the morale in any workplace. They can turn a once happy workforce into a bunch of anxious, stressed, angry and even depressed bunch. This, in turn, can affect productivity and lead to the loss of some great talent.
As a result, it is important that you, as an employer, are equipped to deal with these sneaky, disrespectful, sometimes downright nasty people swiftly. Here are some tips to help you with that: