Hi Everyone. I lost track of my days and missed posting it on Monday and woke up today thinking it was Sunday. So clearly my head is in the clouds this week. However, I really want to share our lessons learned in 2018. Not everything is sunshine and roses and I don’t believe in only posting highlights. Hopefully some of this can help you avoid the same mistakes.
I am going to share the top 5 lessons I have learned the hard way.
Lessons Learned in 2018
Paperwork! Oh my goodness this makes it to number one! I was used to being an employee. I got paid on payday and things like tax, NI, etc. was sorted for me. I didn’t track mileage, I didn’t need to keep receipts blah, blah! Except it isn’t ‘blah’ at all!!
I have been in a word, rubbish. I just haven’t got my head into business woman mode quick enough. Please be organised and sort things as you go. If you want to grow your business on strong foundations, get your systems in place.
Timings! Whatever time you think something is going to take, add more. We do this anyway but not enough. The stress that has been caused this year by timings alone has been high. Plan for the worst case, re-finances, mortgages, builds, refurbs, building control; whatever it is, if you have a time limit, make sure you are super organised. Deal with things in good time and don’t leave things until the last minute. I will say, we don’t leave things to the last minute and I do my best to keep everything on track and we have still be caught out!
Momentum. You may have heard the various of analogies for momentum? When you have to start really hard at the beginning, but once you’re going you can keep it going more easily. This is so true. Every time you have a knockback, you just have to keep taking steps forward. When you stop, a day becomes, a week, becomes a month. You lose your flow. Try your best to deal with the inevitable problems that come your way whilst keeping your eyes ahead on the goal.
I have struggled this year with my headspace, confidence, things going wrong. But, if I had quit, I doubt I will have been able to keep on, keeping on with it. It’s easy to give up when it’s difficult, but you just have to find a way of having little mental breaks and recovery time.
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” This is not my wisdom, but I don’t know who the quote is from. Comparing yourself to others is the worst thing to do, if you end up comparing yourself for the purpose of putting yourself down. If you look at others as inspiration and motivation, then power to you.
Trust your own instincts. If something doesn’t sit right, if the numbers don’t stack up, you have a voice and a choice (un-intentional rhyming) You don’t have to tolerate being messed about. You are allowed to question something if it’s not right or you don’t understand. Do your due diligence and seek guidance from those more experienced. We have taken our education really seriously and we continue to learn and ask questions to avoid pitfalls. But ultimately, you need to take responsibility for every area of your business, because I promise you, nobody cares about it as much as you.
Here’s to 2019, with all the new lessons to be learned, but I won’t be repeating these ones! Mistakes aren’t a bad thing, not learning from them is what causes people to keep making the same ones.