What I Learned in my First Year of Owning an Online Business

Time flies when you’re having fun! It was over a year and a half ago now that I “Officially” made the steps to be my own boss. I had always had the dream of owning my own business and have the flexibility to be present in my kid's life. At the time I worked from home with my 2 year old and was pregnant with my daughter when the idea finally came to me of what I wanted to do and then little by little these arrows started showing up pointing me in the direction of the next step.

Looking back I was pretty crazy to start this journey with a toddler still working full time and pregnant! But I am beyond thankful I did!

This year I have learned a lot both personally and professionally. On a professional level I learned:

1. How to legally incorporate my business and the ins and outs of actually running a small business with taxes and accounting. Both of which are sadly not my strong suit.

2. I learned so many awesome tools to use in my day to day business that I can’t believe I just started using. (Stay Tuned… another blog is coming soon on my favorite ones J)

3. I learned how to market myself and explain the value of what my business offers to other small business owners.

4. I learned how to automate my work and the value of having these procedures in place so you can continue to grow strategically.

My business in a way has become my third baby I have also learned and evolved so much as a person from embarking on this journey. On a personal level I learned:

1. To value “ME”, my worth and the knowledge and expertise I can offer other small businesses.

2. When to say yes and when to say no. A little something about me, saying “No” in my career has always been very difficult for me, so this right here was a huge development.

3. I learned not to take things too personally when changes happen that may not have been expected.

But the absolute best part of this journey thus far is I started to see my spark come back out, for the first time in many years I was doing things I loved and better yet on my own terms. I began to want to expand and do more than I may have at times been truly ready to take on and have then figured out.

The moral of this story is, you have to start before your truly ready and sometimes the timing is crazy (aka pregnant with a toddler, working full time) but when it’s all said and done it will be worth it! If you are a small business owner how did you get started? If you are looking to embark on this journey, then my advice to you is GO!

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