It’s impossible to run a small business or be a soloprenuer without at some point losing confidence or self-belief. Starting out can be very nerve racking until you have had some wins in your business to build your confidence so you can move forward in a much more positive manner. But how can you gain confidence? how do you build confidence in yourself and your business?
One really effective way to build your own confidence is to learn.
Put some time aside each week to learn more to help you as a business owner. This may be more on your own subject for example if you are a web designer there are always new things coming out about different platforms, methods of lead generating etc. Also learn about other aspects of your business even if you don’t want to implement that training. For example learning basic accounting so when you employ an accountant or bookkeeper you will be in an informed position to contract them into your business giving you the confidence to make an informed decision when taking them on.
There are so many ways to educate yourself in business. You can hire a business coach to help you one-on-one. You can also download eBooks, join a business mastermind group, sign in groups on social media where you can ask questions and find information. Subscribe to blogs like Sarke Media
Getting educated is key to getting focused. You really can’t boldly march forward if you don’t know what direction you’re going in. Take some time to focus on your business. What, exactly, are you doing? What do you want to do? Who is your target market or demographic?
If you have diverse interests, this can be difficult – but it’s even more necessary because diverse interests can be distracting if you don’t focus on one at a time. So once you get yourself educated about your market and what you want to do, you can launch a focused business (or focus an existing one).
We all know that businessman or woman – the one who has written ten books, has a dozen jobs, and has a perfect house. You may not be that kind of person, and such a schedule and goals are just not realistic for you. It’s really not advantageous to compare yourself to others. Set your own realistic standards and compare your progress against those.
A lot of people swear by the power of positive thinking. It is said that visualising your goals can attract the very things you need to reach your goals. Even if you don’t get into the visualisation bit, you can benefit from believing in your business and your own competence.Look at past success and realise that yes you did well, yes you helped that client to succeed yes you delivered an awesome bit of work that a happy client has paid for. Look at your previous testimonials for inspiration and allow others to recognise for you how good you are, this will all help you in becoming more confident as its easy to focus on our struggles and overlook our success.
When you get a win even if its a small one recognise that win, congratulate yourself and celebrate that win so it implants itself into your being. I know that sounds a bit mad but when you feel great about a small win and you celebrate with that fancy coffee or walk in the park with the dog just think what will be your celebration treat when you get a bigger win?
Once you get confident, you will be much more likely to attract clients, which in turn will boost your confidence. It’s a good cycle to get into.
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