Last year I started my own business. It was tough to start, and of course there was that little voice of doubt in my head. The one that says “what if it doesn’t work out, what if nobody wants my services, what if I make no money, what if people think I had a silly idea”?
All of these doubts swirling around in my head. But I forced myself not to listen to them.
It was going to be a success. I was going to be able to live a life that included running a succesful business, and having many of my “life dreams” come true (like living part time in the country, part time in the city).
So, I started the company and didn’t look back. I worked my tail off putting together some promotional materials, and emailed and called everyone I knew telling them I’d opened my own marketing company. I went to networking events where I knew nobody.
I’m not great at selling myself – so I didn’t pretend that I was. I let my work speak for itself… and showcased the great results we’d been able to provide for other clients.
I knew that speaking live was something I enjoyed, and people tell me that they really enjoy seeing me speak at events. So I took that as my natural advantage, and applied to speak at many events to get our company’s name out to the public.
Last year was decent…I was happy with how many clients had signed up, and I really enjoyed what I was doing.
This year, things are exploding. This week I’ve been asked by two big companies to speak at live events, and I’ve been approached by two big organizations to work on marketing programs for them.
It’s true, good thoughts (with a lot of work, a little luck and a supportive husband) can become good things!
P.S. Do you dream of starting your own business one day? Tell me about it – I’d love to hear your story.