Well, it’s been just over a year now since I started Foggygirl Consulting and there’s been some ups and downs, some tears, some screams but mostly smiles. I can’t say I’m an expert yet, but here are a few points that I would love to share with anyone else following in the same footsteps:
- Don’t think you know everything. It’s great to work on your own but make sure you bounce ideas off friends and colleagues working in the same field as yourself.
- At the same time, don’t fret and sit in misery on your own. Make coffee dates weekly to talk to others and get out of your home office.
- When times are slow, don’t sleep in. Get up like you would if you were going to an office job and brainstorm ideas, learn new tricks on Facebook, Twitter, Excel, WordPress, etc. (don’t play too much on Candy Crush…..)
- Go for a walk when you are stressed or stumped on a project. It’ll clear your head and give you a chance to think of other ideas.
- Join local groups that support your work. There are many Meet-Up groups and free seminars to take advantage of in most cities.
- Set a daily, weekly and monthly goal for yourself. Where do you see yourself in a month or 6 months from now?
Volunteer your time for a good cause. Put your talent to work when you aren’t busy. Everyone should do this.
- Keep your office tidy. Don’t let your kids use it as a play area or a hangout. Keep it for you only. Many times I came down to find crumbs and jumbo 7-11 Slurpee cups on my desk, yuk.
- Have an ideas board (dry erase) to brainstorm things and then bounce them off people. I recently used a Google survey to get an idea of what direction to follow and what kinds of projects I should pursue. It was very helpful.
- Only take projects on that you like and are passionate about. Don’t start your business by taking on things you really don’t like. It’s a bad habit to get into. Go after the ones you want and with the company you like.
- Don’t be afraid to talk to other business owners. At one point or another they were in the same position as you.
- Make a list of the “low-hanging fruit” prospects. These are usually contacts of people you know quite well that you feel comfortable talking freely to.
- Finally, don’t be hard on yourself. Just be yourself, keep meeting people and things will happen (I feel like I’m actually saying this to myself as I type :)! This has helped me in developing my business further. Many of my clients over the last year were from people I know or referred to me by people I know.
- GOOD LUCK!