A recent networking session in the Digital Women community posed the question: ‘What is the best piece of business advice you have ever been given?’. The gems of advice were so great that we wanted to share the top 10 with you!
1. Be yourself, it’s what makes you memorable
It can be easy to feel you have to conform to a certain type to be a ‘real’ business owner. You and your story are unique and you should embrace it. It’s what makes you interesting, memorable and human!
2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
There are loads of great sources for support and advice out there, for example the Digital Women community or Enterprise Nation. There are also many local initiatives which provide great support and training opportunities.
Networking doesn’t have to be awkward and all about the hard sell! Networking can be an invaluable resource of like-minded people coming together if you find the right networking group for you.
4. View failure as an opportunity to learn
No one likes to fail; let’s be honest, it feels crap. Once you get over the disappointment, take time to take stock of what happened. Look back over the timeline of events, learn from the experience and know that you are more prepared and wiser for having experienced that failure. Then use it as a stepping stone to propel you forward.
5. Surround yourself with inspirational people to help you level up
Surrounding yourself with people who are successful, forward-thinking and positive helps you to see what is possible and leads you along the right path.
6. Accountability partners are great
Accountability partners are great and worth their weight in gold, especially if you work as a freelancer, when it can often be a lonely time. An accountability partner will help keep you motivated and also be someone to bounce ideas off.
7. Outsource your weaknesses; you are not expected to be an expert in everything
Whether you work as a freelancer or within a company, it is often tempting to try and do everything yourself, but knowing when to outsource is actually a strength. Becoming a specialist and outsourcing the tasks that someone else can do better than you then leaves you the time and energy to do more of what you do well!
8. Work with a business coach
Finding the right business coach for you is a game changer. It can help you to shift your mindset, find your worth and achieve things you only thought were achievable by others.
9. Listen to your gut and build your business on your terms
It can be all too easy to take on a project or terms of business that don’t really align with your values and working practices, but you do it in the hopes that all will be ok. More often than not this leads to frustrations and stress, so make sure you listen to your gut if the red flags start popping up. Turning down an opportunity that isn’t right for you is a positive thing and leaves you open to take on that dream opportunity with your dream client!
10. Schedule time out and take holiday time
Now more than ever in the working from home environment it’s important to schedule regular time out and make sure you book holiday time. Book it in advance, get it in your diary and make it non-negotiable. Also, book your birthday off every single year. Make sure you make time for yourself, because if you don’t nobody else will, and it is often too late by the time you realise that you are fast approaching burnout.