I had a moment today where I thought about what I would I love "new business Maz" to remember from the journey that she started back in 2011. While she was very eager, motivated and hard working, that unfortunately wasn't always enough. I spent years working this out and I like to think I have worked out somewhat of a formula!
Here are my top 3 things I wish I knew when I started:
1. Get a sponsor. No, don't hit up Nike or Billabong, although if you can that's an option! What I mean is, work out what is going to sponsor your dream. Is it time, money or support people? Work that part out first. Reality is that your new business will have an impact on all three of these so planning ahead is very important. There are creative ways to do this. Talk to your loved ones, get into consulting work if you need to, budget and re-budget, find space and time to do the work, but most of all plan and problem solve!!
2. Know yourself. You will get tempted to swing into so many directions, you will be excited about so many projects and opportunities. You will also be let down by many of them and some may not work out exactly as you planned. What's important to remember when embarking on changes and new adventures is this:
what type of work and who aligns with your long term business vision,
what is the time/cost value ratio for the opportunity and
how will you know it worked!
3. Be patient. This one is easier said than done, especially when you are working in a business full of passion and purpose. But the truth is, good things take time, people take time, growth takes time. It does not mean your idea has no value, it does not mean your business won't work, it does mean that you have a long season ahead and you need to be aware of this so you don't quit prematurely!
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