In all phases of business I have experienced my patience tested and for those of you who are thinking about or in the starting phases of business, I wanted to share my experiences.
One of the biggest challenges in my business life has been TECHNOLOGY - especially when you are dependent on others to create the content or make the technology work for you. Read; websites, newsletters, shout outs, etc.
I find the easiest way to deal with it... ehm... I don't know...
I started with talking about patience with technology because it is the one thing I have not mastered yet! There is NOTHING quite as frustrating as your website showing all kinds of errors and you can't just fix it. With a website for example it can be your hosting company's problem and all you can do is nag them to fix it for you - but so are all the other people facing the same issue.... With Facebook it happens too; all of a sudden you can't see any of your messages or in my case; your insights just disappear for a few months...
and there is NOTHING you can do about it.
All I can say is; try to set all your technology up so you have easy access as much as possible and if you are technically challenged, make sure you use platforms which are reliable and preferably with a personal touch.
Can you completely avoid tech issues? No, we never will be able to. We can try to prevent things from going wrong as much as possible but that's pretty much it.
Another great patience tester is WORK FLOW - with that I mean everything to do with your process to create, advertise and sell your product. You might go through phases in which you are really busy and then all of a sudden it is quiet around you.
Don't worry!! It literally happens to everyone.
In pretty much any industry there is times every year where it gets super busy and where all the sales dip down low.
It is vital in my experience to have a list ready of things you can do, which will help you in your busy time.... and you do them when you are less busy.
Don't let your never-ending TO-DO list worry you; pick the urgent things to do now and the others will be perfect to accomplish when you are having less busy times.
If sewing is your thing then maybe washing, ironing and organsing all your fabrics is a perfect job to do when you are not so busy.
Perfect for down times is ADMIN too; organising your files in a way where you can work faster when you are super busy.
It will help you use your time better and you'll be more efficient!
For a lot of people - including me a few years ago - the success of others really tests their patience!
I remember looking at other businesses similar to mine and seeing their massive success, wondering why I did not have that flying start.... 'where am I going wrong'.... 'what should I do different'
Now, having those questions is never a bad thing in my opinion as you will keep challenging yourself because of them - and that's good!
It can become a problem though when the way you view your business and your perceived value of it is lower because you think you should be making the same progress as others.
Having different businesses in totally different industries over the last 12+ years has shown me that there is only very few people who start a business and make their own salaries within the first year.
We all (should) know the stats, right? Most small businesses do not survive past 3 years and definitely not 5! This clearly means most of us don't earn our first million this year - and although I hope you definitely do, it just means we should not expect to.
Yes, look at others and learn from them, see where their strengths are and really work on your own. But never ever think your business 'should' be somewhere it's not, based on what you THINK others are doing.
Some people are just really lucky and some people are REALLY good at faking it until they make it.
I feel social media of any kind needs a whole chapter when it comes to patience! It is so easy to get really impatient with social media... when am I getting to 1000 likers, Why don't I have many followers?, When will I have my first viral post? When are my likers going to comment more? etc. etc.
All I can say is; it is HARD WORK!
It's not like 5 years ago when it was just much easier - as its popularity has grown these businesses (that IS what Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. are) are seeing where they can charge you and to get you to PAY for your reach, therefor they will bring your reach down if you do not pay.
Well... that's the theory but ACTUALLY, you can still do really well on social media without paying much at all - I will one day spend a whole blog post on this subject,
My biggest tip would be to find people who do well on certain platforms and who are willing to share. Ask them questions and learn from the best.
Also; don't buy into the hype these social media platforms create - you know; 'reach more people with this post'
The amount of times I have seen 20 people's comments and Facebook tells us a month later still that we only reached 10 people... Not all you see is real but I will spare you my 'conspiracy theories' right now , lol
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
Did I get you to sing that to the tune of the ABBA song?
Anyway - I think as a small business owner we ALL ultimately look at our finances and we get REALLY impatient as we need to pay for things to be able to grow...right?
I have noticed though that the more I focus on what I DO NOT have - the harder it becomes to earn money. It's definitely that law of attraction but also; you're so pre-occupied with worrying and wanting that you're not spending time on MAKING money.
As mentioned above; it's not bad to grow slowly and you are definitely NOT the only one... take your time... It just means you get time to really think about where you spend your money and which programs will actually help your business the most in its growth.
Have I covered all the facets in your business where you experience a challenge on your patience?
Please let me know below in the comments :)
Author; Queen Bee
As a business owner for the last 12 years in various different industries our Queen Bee definitely has a lot of value to add for your business.
With advice and strategies at the ready which a practical and easy to do.