Three Mistakes New Business Owners Make And How to Avoid Them

Thinking of setting up a business and turning your passion into a job?

Setting up a business that will change your hobby in to a career is an exciting and often overwhelming time. In amongst all the decisions, enthusiasm, activity and choices it can be easy to make a few mistakes, especially as most people haven’t set up a business before.

In the years I have been working with small business owners, three mistakes come up time and time again but the good news is that they’re easily avoidable if you know what to look out for…

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Technology Isn’t The Bad Guy

Many new business owners, don’t embrace technology.

I know that is a very general statement to make but when I talk technology so many of the clients I work with say things like “Oh that’s not me. I’m people orientated. I need to be with people and not online”.

And that’s fine if you want to limit your practice to your local community but if you really want to grow your business you need to start using technology such as Skype, social media, email, SMS, accepting credit card payments and so on to help you.

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Hobby or Business … It’s All in Your Attitude!

Does it seem as though others see your business as a hobby?

If you dig deep down in to your subconscious and are really honest with yourself, do you see your business as more like a hobby than a ‘proper job’?

Struggling to persuade yourself and others that your business is a ‘real’ business and deserves respect is a common problem for new business owners but if you want to be successful it is essential to get out of the hobbyist mindset.

Many of us tend to be focused on helping people, rather than financial gain, yet it’s important to recognise that you can still help people and make money from your work.

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Don’t Let Fear in Business Hold You Back

Taking a risk and leaping out of your comfort zone can be very scary but it is an important tool in building your business. In order to succeed you need to conquer your fear, be brave and harness that anxious energy as a positive instead of a crippling negative.

So many of my clients raise the issue of fear; fear of making a mistake, fear of what people will think, fear of becoming a huge success, fear of not becoming a huge success.

When it comes to fear in business my answer is always the same. Acknowledge your fear, then embrace it and harness the energy it brings.

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Are you struggling to succeed in business?

It may be your subconscious mind that is holding you back.

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What do you do when you just don’t feel like working?

Everyone has days when they don’t feel like working – perhaps something has gone wrong or got you down? Perhaps you’ve just finished a big project and are having trouble getting started on the next one or maybe it is a beautiful day and you would just rather be outside?

Whatever the reason, it can be really challenging to motivate yourself to work on the days when it all feels too hard.

So what can you do to get your mojo back?

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Work and kids: How to find the balance between family and business

I’ve run my own businesses for 11 years and I am the mother of two beautiful sons. My boys were 5 and 3 when I started out on my own, so I know how challenging it can be to manage the needs of a business and motherhood at the same time.

During my business journey I’ve learnt some tricks that can help you find the balance between family and work while staying on top of both and without any need to feel guilty about either!

It is still hard to find time for everything, but with a few changes life can be much, much easier than you think.

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