So many of my fellow military spouses ask me about life as an entrepreneur. Recently Michelle Campbell from Mission Career shared these 3 great tips on entrepreneurship that you need to know!
3 Things Aspiring Entrepreneurs Need to Know
by Michelle Campbell
If you are one of the thousands of people who continue to struggle to build the career your desire, starting your own business may be the answer you’ve been looking for.
The population of military spouse entrepreneurs is growing because many are realizing the benefits of taking back control over their professional lives and financial independence. If you have ever thought about starting a home-based business but haven’t taken the plunge, there’s no time like the present! And here are three things to think about before jump in head first.
You have to get your head in the game: Your mindset will have a significant impact on the success of your business, so it’s really important that you put yourself in the right frame of mind and in a positive place as soon as you make the decision to go for it. If you’re not in the right place emotionally or mentally, you’re going to have a much harder time making a go of it because you will constantly be doubting and second-guessing yourself.A negative mindset keeps you down, holds you back, and keeps you stuck where you are and it typically comes from fear, lack of confidence, and uncertainty about what lies ahead.Remember, if you think you can’t, you won’t. If you think you shouldn’t, you’ll come up with excuses not to. If you aren’t willing to learn, to change, to put forth the effort necessary to get what you want and where you want to be, you’ll remain exactly where you are.
You have to spend money to make money: It’s just about impossible to start and grow a business without having to spend some money. Improving your skills and knowledge in areas you are lacking will make you a more educated and better business owner and a more effective service provider. And that will, in turn, create loyal customers who will keep coming back, which will boost your revenue.Don’t ever be afraid to invest in yourself or your business. If you invest in the things that will help your business grow in the most efficient and cost-effective manner, it will be time and money well-spent. And, if you focus on those areas that are most critical to you, apply what you learn from others who are more experienced than you, and do the things you need to do to keep moving forward, you should make your investment back and then some.You are worth it, and you deserve it!After all, if you are not willing to invest in yourself and business, you can’t expect others to invest in you, your skills, or your services.
You don’t have to go it alone: Starting a business is no small task. There is a lot to do as you launch your new venture. Life as a military spouse and a parent can feel overwhelming in the best of times. Introducing a new business into your life is a big decision and can quickly cause you to feel overwhelmed if you don’t devise a plan early on to manage your business, your household, and your responsibilities to your military family.That plan simply involves creating the structure you need to make it all work. Implementing policies and procedures that allow your business to run more efficiently, establishing dedicated working hours, getting help from your family at home, and even hiring a mentor or coach to provide the guidance and support you need in your business can keep you grounded and focused and give you a greater chance of success.
To find true joy you must see the magic in the little things
The squeal rang out and every mom went running. Imagine our surprise when we rounded the corner and there they were a group of toddlers the oldest maybe 4 who were all gathered in a circle. They were pointing and jumping and "oooing" laughter and delight oozing from every ounce of their body. We expected tears and found none.
Military spouse, Judy Davis, is a motivational speaker, entrepreneur, published author and co-founder of DASIUM. She is an expert in military life, small business success and suicide prevention in teens/young adults.