Top 10 Lessons I Learned in ’09 While Starting My Own Business…

Patience, Patience, Patience. Keep in mind that the ultimate vision that I am building towards will be my life journey and not an overnight transformation.

Just Be Me. 99.9% of the time, someone is already offering the same product or service that we are now selling. What differentiates me from my competitors is my authentic signature brand.

It’s A Family Affair. The risks, costs and rewards that are incurred in my business venture involve my entire family so I have learned to involve them in any strategy and decision making processes.

Know When To Hold ‘Em, Know When To Fold ‘Em. Evaluate my revenue model regularly and be sure to constantly adapt so that I am spending my time and resources on my most profitable activities.

Adopt A Platform Building Mentality. Construction begins in 2010.

Take Time To Get Inspired. I uncover my greatest ideas and solutions when I am swimming or running, not when I am staring at my laptop and forcing the process.

To The Market We Go! Determine what forms of marketing I can and will do myself and hire someone to manage that which I don’t enjoy. Love it or hate it, either way, we all must embrace social media but be cautious not to lose ourselves in it.

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained. #1 way to build my business is through public and private speaking opportunities. Get out of the office and behind the podiums as much as possible.

Prioritize Your Priorities. It sounds so obvious, but now that I am blessed to have a husband and a four month old baby-I am amazed at the challenge of focusing on what needs to get done and what would be  ‘nice’ to get done for my business,  for our family and for myself-each day.

Educate, Entertain, Inspire. By doing these three things for current and future clients, I am slowly but most definitely growing the business of my dreams.

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2 Responses to Top 10 Lessons I Learned in ’09 While Starting My Own Business…

  1. Arrs says:

    Thanks for sharing this. Your patience lesson really resonates with me. I sometimes get so set in the input should equal output mentality. Thanks for reminder!

    I can’t believe you balanced your launch + a cross country move + a wee one + LWL. That’s amazing! m’dear. Congrats! Happy 2010!

  2. Thank you Arwa-it is nice to know I am not alone in the ‘patience’ struggle. And, yes, it was a very very exciting and insane year. Look forward to growing our businesses together in 2010. Love GemKitty!

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