It’s exciting to embark on a new venture. There are so many possibilities, your enthusiasm is high and you want to get started. This is until you run into a snag that you didn’t anticipate!
Larger Family Life is the UK’s largest online resource for large families. She has had her share of entrepreneurial ups and downs. She now shares the lessons she has learned to help others avoid the most common mistakes when starting a blog or business.
Things to avoid when starting a new business
It is difficult to launch a business without any experience. Often, it takes a lot of planning and hard work to see the results. While planning and theory are great, we don’t see the results until we put those plans and theories into action.
We can’t predict how things will turn out. You can’t learn from your mistakes until you’ve made them. I’m proud to say that I’ve made many more over the years than I should have. I have compiled my top ‘don’ts’ for starting a new venture. It doesn’t matter if you are just beginning to blog or if you’re a seasoned entrepreneur.
1) Do not try to be someone that you aren’t
This is a common mistake, especially in the blogging world. People admire someone successfully and try to imitate their style or voice.
This is a sure way to fail at the first hurdle. You are what makes you unique. It is impossible to imitate someone else. You’ll lose your ability to maintain it and come off as a faker. Others will see what you’re doing. You are setting yourself up for failure.
You are truly unique, so look at the positive side! You are unique and no one can ever copy you. You can be your best self and create your style.
2) Don’t underestimate yourself
As a follow-up to the previous point, don’t underestimate yourself and what you can do. Believe in yourself and your plans.
3) Don’t be too proud of yourself
We continue from the previous point. First, believe in yourself and then tell the rest of the world about how amazing you are. Are you too ashamed to tell the world what you think? What is the point of telling people how amazing you are, how great your work, and how fantastic your products are?
Business is not for the timid. Potential customers and clients must know why you are the best choice. You should give them 100 reasons to choose you/your product/your services, and not one reason to switch.
4) Try new things!
It’s part of everyday life. The reality is that you won’t know unless you try.
Never be afraid to experiment with new ideas. Your idea may fail to take root. What if it does? Never stop asking yourself “What if?”
5) Don’t view failure as a problem
Consider everything that you do as part of your learning curve. Lessons can be learned from more than just the good things. Sometimes, the most valuable lessons come from our mistakes and those that didn’t work out.
It is possible to learn a lot about how to spot mistakes, how they were made, and how to deal with them. But, look at it this manner: The more you experience both good and poor, the better you will be next time.
6) Do not be ashamed to ask for advice or help
No one knows everything. Not even you. While you might be competent in one area, you may lack expertise in another.
Don’t be afraid of asking for advice or help from others who have been there before you. To be successful, you will need someone to bounce ideas off of, get advice from, or just to encourage. Learn from others’ mistakes, but don’t be too proud. They are often more than happy sharing their experiences.