Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Do You Have What it Takes to be a Successful Entrepreneur?

By Dana J. Smithers on Jun 18 2013 • Filed under Business

success-revI don't know when you decided that you wanted to become a solopreneur or why you did but I do know that the 'life of an entrepreneur' is not necessarily an easy, steady climb to success. You may have thought it was going to be because you wanted it so badly and you are really good at what you do, so naturally it 'should' be easy to succeed. Well the truth is that the entrepreneurial road is the 'road less travelled' because it isn't easy. It tests your character and your belief in yourself (and perhaps even the Universe). But the rewards are great if you are willing to go the distance. 

So when you find yourself coming up against roadblocks, challenges, sales not happening the way you planned, projects going sideways, clients not buying when you need them to – it's time to examine what it's going to take to get you through the rough spots.

There is of course a flip side to this – things do go smoothly, you achieve your sales targets, you love your clients, your clients love you and you get to do what you love! And for me this is why I am still doing what I started doing 10 years ago. And honestly I have gone through more roadblocks, bumps and hurdles than I ever thought possible. And yet, look where it has taken me – down the 'road less travelled' and the journey just keeps getting more interesting. I think it's a road well worth travelling and I hope you do too! 

So here are three things that will help take you through the 'ups and downs' of being a solpreneur… 

PASSION:

  • Without being passionate about your work you will soon come to resent what you are doing especially if you get to the stage of doing it only for the money. 
  • If you had passion for it at one time, what's changed? Are you doing too many of the things you don't love to do? Delegate them. Look at what it's costing you not to delegate. 
  • Perhaps it's time to just take a break from what you are doing. Take some time to reflect and ask yourself, “If I could do anything in the world would what would I do?” Depending on the answer what is it that you need to change to get where you want to go? 
  • If you are not passionate about your work your clients can easily see this and in the process you become very unauthentic and unattractive to them and to yourself. 

PERSISTENCE:

  • Without you being persistent in taking 'consistent action' to create a successful business nothing will happen to move you forward. 
  • Being persistent means that no matter what your little voice is telling you to do – like throw in the towel and go do something else – do not buy into this – call your coach or a supporter who can help you see the situation in a positive light. 
  • Your obstacles are only temporary and everyone has them – it goes with the territory – it's how you respond to them and the solutions that you find that build your character on your journey. 
  • It might just happen that by your persistence you reach a new level and make new connections that open up some new revenue streams you had never thought. You will never know if you don't persist…

PATIENCE:

  • When I'm coaching business owners I hear this a lot: How can I be patient when I see my expenses exceed my revenues? Every new business faces this scenario. So plan for this. You have to have some faith that everything happens for a reason and that reason is there to serve you. Calm down and decide what is it that you can do to get some business coming your way. Perhaps you haven't been doing the marketing that you need to be doing. What can you do to attract some new clients?‚Äč

"You may never know what results come of YOUR ACTIONS, but if you do nothing there will be NO RESULT." ~ Mahatma Ghandi

  • I can also tell you that if you are not patient you will never know what you could have accomplished. Do you want the 'What if ' scenario? What if I would have been patient just a bit longer for my business to take off. What could I have accomplished? Without patience you will never know.
  • The timing of the Universe is not necessarily your timing is it? While many of us would like to be able to control more things in our life, timing is something we can never control. The 'life happens' stuff happens to all entrepreneurs so be patient and stay focused only on what you want to attract. 

CHALLENGE YOUR THOUGHTS:

If you find that you are missing the passion, lacking in persistence and just not feeling very patient about your business growth or lack of it, take some time to reflect. Create a 'Pros & Cons' list about your home staging business. For the items in the 'Cons' column, what could you do get them into the 'Pros' column. Do you need to do more delegating? Do you need to get out there so you're not the best kept secret? Have you been a little bit lazy on the follow-up calls side of things? Only you know – so be honest and find your passion, be persistent and have patience that it will all work out for you.


Dana J. Smithers

Dana J. Smithers, President of the PRES® Staging Resource Centre, is the  author of Start & Run a Home Staging Business. She has also written several eBooks for the DIY home seller. Her mission is to ‘educate, inspire and empower’ women entrepreneurs to create successful businesses for themselves and thrives on teaching her certified professional PRES staging training courses on-line and off-line.


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  1. 7) Commit to growing as a person and a business owner. Educate yourself! You are the single biggest determining factor in the success or failure of your business. Attend RESA convention. Read books. Find a mentor. We offer a variety of seminars and workshops and would love to help you.

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