Striking out on your own as an entrepreneur is no easy feat. In fact, while it can be glorified on social platforms and in magazines, entrepreneurship is often one of the hardest career paths to walk.
When I started Imperfect Dust, I had no idea it would grow into the fruitful, small business it is today. I simply wanted to share the Word and embrace my creativity, and if it could pay off some of my family’s debt at the same time, then it was a win-win. (I’ll be diving into paying off debt in a future blog, so fellow savers stay tuned!)
As a creative business owner, it was so challenging navigating the more technical side of the business as it grew and evolved. However, for any of you creative types out there ready to cop out, don’t! It might feel tedious but it is so important to understand this side and not just hand it off to someone else or give up.
To help you keep pushing forward and stay motivated, I jotted down a few small business tips and strategies that kept me both grounded and inspired, and still do today! While I wrote these 5 tips for entrepreneurs from the mindset of a business owner and entrepreneur myself, these principles have also helped me navigate motherhood, friendships, and life in general. I hope they give you encouragement and grace on your journey.
Define your vision and mission.
Your vision and mission make up the compass by which you’ll guide the direction of your business. With a clear vision and mission, you’ll know where you’re going and the standards by which you will conduct your business. This will inform who you do business with, how you do business, and what you hope your business will look like tomorrow and 10 years from now.
Action > procrastination.
Decisions both big and small can feel daunting. They require thoughtfulness and intentionality, and often research and sacrifice. That vision and mission I mentioned a second ago? Those will help make decisions easier, but you’ll still face your fair share of hemming and hawing. However, this can make or break your business. When you are busy and you have a decision on your plate, don’t leave it for “later.” If you don’t act, you will fail. Sure, give things a bit of extra time if you need to, pray about it, or sleep on it, but when in doubt, it is always better to take action than to procrastinate.
Workflow is critical.
When you work for yourself, establishing a framework for your day and your goals is critical. It can feel like “freedom” at first to have total control and authority to dictate what your day will look like, but if you don’t create bumpers, you may end up looking in the mirror at the end of the day wondering where those eight hours went. Establishing a routine, smart systems, and a workflow to guide your day and structure your goals will help you take steps toward achievement every day instead of getting stuck.
Ask for help.
This road isn’t easy. It’s okay to feel overwhelmed. It’s natural to feel lost and wonder if you’re really meant to walk this path. This is where it becomes so important to have a supportive network of mentors who can encourage you, guide you, and provide an objective view for those crossroads where you may find yourself questioning your compass.
Trust in the Lord.
This is the most important sprinkle of wisdom I want to share. You’re working hard. You’re marching into uncharted territory. You’re pushing yourself and growing into who you are meant to be as you build your business. This can be both fulfilling, beautiful, and exhilarating, and also scary, uncertain, and exhausting. But I want to remind you, you are not alone. He is always with you, pouring out the grace you need to keep going.
"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." - Isaiah 41:10
What are your favorite tips or strategies for building your business or managing your household?