This year marks the fifth year I’ve been in business working with clients from all around the world in branding and web design projects. While it’s easy to write and even easier to say, it has been a journey filled with ups and downs since I started my business. It seems it’s the perfect time to write this post since it’s always nice to take a moment to look back and realize how far you’ve come and also to make a mental note that you can always keep learning.
It was five years ago that I decided to make a career change and pursue my passion for graphic design. Needless to say, there were so many details about starting my small design studio that I didn’t have clue about.
Most business owners probably feel that way at some point, so today’s post is dedicated to every creative out there who might need words of encouragement in their entrepreneurial journey.
Here are 5 things I wish I knew when I started my business:
1. Learn as much as you can and then keep learning
Preparing to start your own business means spending hours learning everything there is to know about it. But even after you’ve been in business for years, you should always be willing to learn something new.
Don’t forget to set aside time to enroll in courses, masterminds, and getting involved with others in your industry.
2. Don’t be scared to change things around
Having your own business means that sometimes things work out, others not so much. Be prepared to make changes along the way and don’t be scared to try something new. Do your research first, of course, and then go for it.
3. Don’t wait for things to feel perfect before taking action
I can’t tell you how many times I overanalyzed something, in particular when it came to the designs I made for my clients when I started my business.
It’s important to never forget how capable you are and trust your talent. Even if something doesn’t feel 100% ready, you need to take action. Otherwise, you will be stuck in the same place.
4. Stop comparing yourself to others, instead learn about them
Comparing yourself to others is never a good idea, especially when you don’t analyze the whole picture. Instead of spending hours and hours thinking about what others have and you don’t, take a moment to learn from them. Be curious about their progress and how they got to where they are now and let that motivate you.
5. Every step counts, every decision matters
Sometimes it might feel like you are not moving forward or that you are not doing it fast enough. Be sure that when you are consistent and work hard, you will see the results you want. Every single action you take counts, so keep going.
We all have different lessons learned as business owners and it’s important to look back every once in a while and remember those lessons so that you can keep moving forward. Hopefully, this post will inspire you to do the same!