We are celebrating in Scarletta world.
My Dad after years and years of hard slog and graft has finally joined my Mum in retirement and Scarletta Media and I will be celebrating three years in business.
Three years that went quickly…
The last three years has flown by, some days I do wonder how on earth I ended up in the position I am in. As I may have mentioned before that it was never my intention to run my own business. It has been quite a journey so far.
So what lessons have I learned?
Earlier this week I met up with a new contact who is three months in to her new business and she asked me what lessons stood out for me, that really got me thinking.
And this is what I have learnt, there is probably an awful lot more and so in no particular order:
- To really look after the customers you love working with.
- They stick with you and then it really doesn’t feel like work.
- To regularly ask them for feedback, what it is about your business that works, what doesn’t and then do something about it.
- That you need to get out and meet other people regularly, not just have virtual relationships.
- There will be days when you feel uninspired, demotivated, defeated, exhausted and unable to carry on, but out of nowhere find the strength to pick yourself up and get on with it.
- That not everyone you meet has your best interests at heart.
- That there are others who will offer you amazing opportunities and support you and your business wholeheartedly. And tell their contacts about you too.
- That you will learn to trust your instincts, which are about 99% of the time completely spot on.
- That business planning often goes out the window, life often gets in the way and you have to divert onto a different course.
- That what people say they will do and what they actually do are two different things.
- That people are often in no hurry to make decisions. They work to their agenda not yours.
- To learn to say no, without feeling you have to offer any explanation.
- To learn to say yes, even if you feel you are totally out of your comfort zone.
- To realise that everything takes longer than you thought it would.
- That there is no short cut to success. You simply have to do the work.
- That if you don’t do the work, you don’t get paid.
- That you are likely to miss the security of a monthly pay cheque.
- To bill in advance, you get paid to do the work with minimal hassle and the majority of people are happy to do this.
- There will be sacrifices you have to make along the way. Including financial aspirations, friends, dreams, personal goals and holidays.
- To have a trusted support network around you, that includes family, loved ones, friends, associates and acquaintances. You need them all especially when the wobbles kick in. Which they do.
- That you will lose friends along the way. And make new ones, who share similar values, ideas and interests.
- That the people who mattered the most when you started, matter even more now.
- That you will have opportunities to meet some amazing, inspiring, creative and very talented people.
- That you will change and learn a lot about your character in the process.
- Not all the rewards and successes are financial.
- That it is not a 9-5 job, you rarely switch off. Ever.
- That unscrupulous people will take and steal your ideas, words, work, copy your LinkedIn profile and create a pretty similar website to your own. But use a girl with a horn instead of a boy image instead. Yep I noticed this and so did others.
- That when someone reads your blog, buys your ebook, or tells you you’ve made a difference to them and their business. This is one the best rewards.
- To start believing in yourself. You don’t need anyone else’s permission or approval to do what you want to do.
- That waiting for things to be perfect before you release them into cyber space can hold you back. Blog posts, tweets, Facebook up-dates, LinkedIn profiles will all be re-written, websites evolve and tweaks will be made constantly. But sometimes you just have to hit publish and go for it.
- To keep on testing, working and innovating.
- To invest in your own training and learning. It is money well spent.
- To take regular time off and try not to feel guilty about it.
- To get out of the home office at least once a day. Working from home can be very isolating. So isolating that there will be days when the only human you talk to is the postman. I
have a very nice postie who even offered to help carry in my shopping.
- To expect the unexpected.
- To remember to have some fun it can all get a bit serious sometimes.
- To create an office space filled with things you love. My polka dot mug and notebooks are some of my faves.
- To be prepared that there will be some tough decisions to be made. But you get there in the end.
- To regularly share thanks and gratitude to everyone who supports you along the way.
- And to celebrate every success, however small. It keeps you going and going and going.
Time to Celebrate and say THANK YOU!
So happy retirement to my Mum and Dad. Enjoy every moment of your new chapter, you both deserve it so much.
A big thank you to all my lovely Scarletta clients, Twitter followers, Facebook Likers, Newsletter subscribers and overall lovely nice supporters.
A big, big thank you to my parents, my sister Carla, my Uncle Ray and to all my family and friends who have helped me to keep on going and like my posts on Facebook. Just because every little helps…. xxx
And an even bigger thank you to my hubby Darrin aka Mr Scarletta, none of this would have been possible without you! Thank you, thank you and for the beautiful pink Scarletta flowers. xxxx
Happy 3rd Birthday to my Scarletta, what shall we do next?!