22 Jun Where did the time go? Top 3 lessons after 10 years in business
I had a bit of a realisation a couple of weeks ago, whilst spending some time working on my business…
It’s 10 years ago since I started my business – yep, Alison Bradford Coaching is officially 10 years old!
10 years ago I was finishing my maternity leave from my youngest daughter and handing in my notice for my well paid corporate job.
No more fixed salary, no more holiday pay, no company car, no company pension and no more nightmare commuting, office politics or working ridiculously long hours!
I registered as self-employed with HMRC, set up my business bank account, then faffed about for around the next six months designing my business cards, building my own website, waiting for the phone to ring.
Of course, I soon got my act together, with my business evolving lots over the first 2 years, and continuing to evolve today, 10 years later.
There have been plenty of scary times, and plenty of amazing times, and I’m sure there will continue to be.
So, I thought I’d just quickly share with you my top 3 lessons from the past 10 years in business. I’d love to hear your top lessons you’ve learnt – just hit reply to this email to let me know.
1. Progress Not Perfection!
One of my favourite mantras I’m always sharing. It’s so important to keep going, put things out there, and not hold back waiting for perfection (which, incidentally, never comes!) Doing things perfectly imperfectly will move your business forward much more quickly than doing nothing.
2. You overestimate what you can do in the short term, and underestimate what you can do in the long term.
It’s why you end up with a huge list of tasks to get done today, but barely anything in your plans for the final half of the year. Learn to pace yourself and use your time wisely.
3. New Level, New Devil
Every new level you reach in your business brings with it new and different challenges. That’s normal, trust yourself to do deal with them when they come up. Whether it’s breaking through a profit target, taking on new staff or moving to new premises, they are all signs of growth but, don’t think everything will be okay once you achieve x,y or z. It’s all a journey!
Do any of these resonate with you?
Please let me know any other lessons you’ve learnt in business as I’d love to hear from you – just comment below 🙂
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