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3 things I wish I'd known when I started my business

Ever wish you had a crystal ball? Could see into the future?

 

Wouldn't life be easier and simpler if we could see the mistakes we are about to make and map out a perfect path to reach our goals?

 

I think sometimes we assume this is how our life actually is and don't give ourselves permission to make mistakes. We look around us and assume everyone else is getting everything right first time and they know so much more than us about how to run their business, get more clients or whatever it is we are aiming for.

But, then again, what a boring way to live a life!  Never taking the wrong turn, never making what seems like a huge mistake at the time.

 

There are things I wish I had known when I started out and launched Weddingesque so I will share them here in case they help you to avoid making the same ones, to save you time and energy (probably to make other mistakes you and others can learn from!)

 

Everything does not have to perfect

We have to accept that as life can be messy and complex, so our business can be too. Don't put so much pressure on yourself to make every single aspect of your business prefect to the point where it takes you forever to make decision or launch a new service out of fear of things not being totally 100% perfect or as you want them right now.

You don’t have to do everything all at once and you don’t have to wait until everything is perfect and you feel like you are ready. You will never feel that you are ready enough. Get everything as close to complete as possible and then take action and move forward. Even huge multi-national corporations like Apple get things wrong in the marketplace - how many issues has the iPhone had and it seems all terrible and damaging at the time but time moves on and as long as they keep putting out quality products that the marketplace wants, all is forgiven. Now, if they can mistakes, please give yourself permission to make them too.

 

Just take action

Sometimes we just need to make a start, take the next step, however small and that can be the hardest thing. My advice is to just start, take action and do something.

Focus on taking action and choose one thing to do and get it done.

Then move onto the next thing.

If you don’t, you will stay in analysis paralysis and do nothing.

You will learn tonnes more by actually getting in there and completing a small step you have never done before than by endlessly telling yourself that you don't have time or don't know how to do something. Just resolve to do one thing per day, whether that is making a decision, putting up a blog post, chasing up that hot client lead, whatever will help you move your business forward.  Once its done, move on to the next thing and don’t waste time and energy second guessing your decisions.

Bit by bit build the momentum and your business will develop. Make connections, listen to podcasts, find a mentor, chose a niche...whatever is right for you.

 

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Block them out

For the sake of your sanity and your business, please don’t spend time worrying about what everyone else is doing in your industry, block them out and do your own thing.

Of course it's important to have an awareness of who else is in your niche and industry but don't waste time obsessing about what they are doing and comparing it to your business. I have found that by doing my own thing and focusing my energy on developing my business, others in the industry will naturally be drawn to you and often you will work on projects together and combine your energies to drive both of your businesses forward.

This is currently evident for me with the launch of my online vintage wedding planning hub Plan Vintage {wedding} as more and more industry professionals reach out to me, as I have to them, and so the industry moves forward and becomes more open and has more of a spirit of sharing knowledge, which can only benefit the people we do all this for...our brides and grooms.

 

 

So, go ahead, take action and make mistakes but don't beat yourself up when you get things wrong.

Never be afraid of sharing your mistakes and doubts, the more we share things like this, the more we all learn and develop and so the industry will move forward.

 

As Steve Jobs told us in his famous 2005 Stamford commencement speech...

"..you can't connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards, so you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something --your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever-- because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference."

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Hi! I'm Rebecca of 'Weddingesque by Rebecca Price', the vintage and retro wedding planning specialists. I was so happy to be asked to be a regular blog contributor and I promise to write for you in a straight forward and down to earth style, cutting through the 'noise' and giving you easy to digest information ... I LOVE what I do & I LOVE this wedding industry of ours so let's go

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