5 Things I Learned as a Business Owner in 2018

 
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1. It’s ok to say no. This is something I’ve heard a thousand times on podcasts, blogs, Instagram posts, etc., but it wasn’t something I really practiced until my second year in business. And it’s changed the game.

2. Write down your goals and check in on them. I remember writing my goals in my notebook at the beginning of 2018… Fast forward 6 months and three notebooks later and I’m ready to take a look at how the year has progressed so far. But I have no idea where the piece of paper went. Also I probably shouldn’t have waited until half the year was gone to check in on my goals… This year, I have them written in my notebook AND posted to my bulletin board. I also have created reminders in my phone for every two months to spend some time reviewing progress of the year.

 
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3. Work to a schedule that fits YOU. I’ve learned to embrace the fact that I’m not a morning person, and for me to enjoy mornings, they need to be a lot slower than the rest of my day. That means getting to my desk a little later than I think I should and being ok with that. I also have a very rambunctious 4-legged office buddy who get restless after lunch, so I take a break for walks in the mid-afternoon. Embracing the natural rhythms of my life instead of trying to make them fit a rigid schedule means I enjoy my days more AND I’m more productive during the times I am working.

4. Never stop learning and refining your process. 2018 provided a diverse group of businesses and a variety of client personalities. I tried to find at least one learning point from each project, whether a straightforward one or a challenging one, to make my service and process better for my next client. I learned a lot last year that I’ve put into my new 2019 packages!

 
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5. Being kind doesn’t mean you have to be taken advantage of. Something I’ve learned as both a client and a vendor. You can be a kind person and still stand behind your services, process and, most importantly, your prices. Let’s just be nice people that help each other out. Getting ahead doesn’t mean you have to put someone else down.

What about you? What has been a big lesson that kept coming up throughout the past year? Would love to hear in the comments!