Whether you recently started your business, or you’ve been at it for 20 years, there will always be more work to do and not enough hands to do it. So there you are, hard at work but your biggest ideas still not brought to life. As a busy entrepreneur, you’re faced with a common dilemma. Do you refuse to work more hours at the expense of staying stuck at your current growth level? Or do …
Now that you’ve started your own business your time is finally yours. Or is it? You unchained yourself from the corporate cubicle and said goodbye to the long commutes, scheduled break times, and clock watching. It’s a wonderful feeling controlling your own schedule and doing whatever you choose each day. But a lack of structure can also sink you right from the start. So many new entrepreneurs look forward to the freedom and flexibility of …
There are no obstacles on the path, the obstacles are the path. – Zen quote Recently I was talking with Audra Casino, our podcaster/AV-master extraordinaire here at Mirasee. I remarked how I’ve come to learn that all of the struggles, challenges, and apparent obstacles I’ve encountered on my path to success (still very much in process) have actually been part of the path… not obstructions to it.
You’ve done it. You’ve decided to start your own business and quit your job. Congratulations! Even if you’re one of the lucky ones and have enough cash stockpiled for a decent “runway,” you probably still feel a twinge of fear and uncertainty around your decision despite your confidence in your obsessive work ethic and ability to focus.
The first weeks of life are truly magical. My daughter was born just a few weeks ago, and it’s amazing how much personality is already evident in a baby that would seem to do little more than sleep, eat, and poop. But no, the personality is definitely there, and every day I learn something new about her.
Does this sound familiar? A small business owner sells her products online and to a few select resellers. She manages all her sales and inventory in scattered spreadsheets, and laboriously creates custom invoicing with Word documents. She uses a basic email provider, and has a WordPress site to sell her products and represent her company.
Growing up, no one would have believed me if I told them that I would graduate from Georgia Tech and go on to manage $11 million in revenue as an associate product manager for my first job. In fact, the odds were always against me being born in the USA to a working-class immigrant family. After my father’s family business burned down, my grandfather decided to bring the family to the US from Korea.
We all know entrepreneurship has its ups and downs, and that’s putting it mildly. No doubt, you have days where you imagine ripping your laptop from its power source and throwing it through the window of your beautifully appointed downtown office the cheap café down the street. (However, if you actually did that, I’m not sure if this blog post will help you!)
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs Does this scenario sound familiar? You have a friend who seems to have an uncanny knack of knowing when to start projects and when to hold back, and you wonder how he does it.
You’re out to lunch with a friend you haven’t seen in a while. “How’s business?” your friend asks. “Fine,” you say. “It’s going well.” And while it’s not a total lie – your business is doing OK – it isn’t growing the way you wanted it to. Rather than talk about it with your friend, you quickly change the subject. Does this sound familiar? Unfortunately, too many entrepreneurs are stuck in a place of “not …