This is an exciting week here, as I am celebrating my 9 year anniversary of starting this company and being an entrepreneur! In today’s world, being in business for 9 years makes your business established and old… as many entrepreneurs don’t get past year 2 or 3.
What started out as a small idea to just have something to keep me busy, has evolved into a full-fledged marketing agency. I have been blessed with experiences and clients who have become near and dear to me. It’s amazing to look back at this journey and see how this business has evolved and how I have grown as a result of it.
Most people know that being an entrepreneur can be exhausting! In my “previous life” of neuropsychology and administrative healthcare… I had one job. I had specific hours I worked. I could come home at night and turn it all off. That’s not exactly the life of an entrepreneur! We wear so many hats… CEO, marketing, accountant, sales, advertising, worker bee, negotiator, and so many more. It can be hard to keep things going and in all honesty, sometimes you wonder why you put forth the effort.
But then you take a look at the big picture and realize you would never have it any other way. The long days (and nights), the good clients and the ones who are a little more challenging, the frustrations and the triumphs… they all equal to something that you have built on your own and made successful. In the end, it’s all worth it!
Are there things I would have changed? Absolutely! Are there things I didn’t do that I wish I did? Of course! It’s all part of the learning process. But in the long run, I know that this company is here because of a lot of blood, sweat and tears and lessons learned along the way.
Here are 9 key lessons I have learned in the last 9 years…
Keep learning – There is nothing constant in this world and in an age of technology, you have to keep learning. I purposely looked for certifications with companies that aligned with my business, so I could stay on top of what was going on in my industry. Some of these companies include Infusionsoft, DigitalMarketer, Memberium, PlusThis and more. You must keep learning, no matter what industry you are in. Keep seeking that knowledge every day.
It’s okay to fail – Learning that failure was actually okay was a hard lesson to learn. It’s a rare in business to hit a home-run when launching a product or service. Most ideas end up going through multiple versions or in the wastebasket all together. I took failure VERY personally. It took me a long time to learn that failure taught me something every single time. Maybe my timing wasn’t good. Maybe what I thought was a great idea my clients thought was unnecessary. Maybe my pricing was off. Regardless of the issue, you take every failure as a chance to look at what happened and learn where you need to go next.