One of the challenges of starting your own business and being a solopreneur, is needing to decide on what to do and when to do it. I used to think this would never be a problem for me. Then, I stepped out on my own.
No one tells me when to take lunch, how much time to invest in social media, what my rates and policies should be, or how to deal with unhappy customers.
Before I quit my job to work fulltime in my business, I would scoff quietly when I heard others talk about this challenge. I thought, “for me, it’ll be a walk in the park.”
Well, not exactly.
For instance, I stressed and labored for forever deciding on rates and setting up policies, just ask Claudia! If someone decided not to hire me because of either my price or policies, it was initially very discouraging. I have now gained the wisdom to know which clients to pursue and which to let go.
It’s a little different when you’re working for a company. There’s always a boss or manager you can check in with when you’re not sure how to proceed. Not only that, they’ll often send you to seminars and workshops to train you and give you the confidence needed to perform at your best.
These are the types of things we must put into place when we’re out on our own. I’ve read lots of books on business (see our resources page for some of these) and joined groups like Free Agent Academy and 48days.net. These have helped, a lot!
However, there are always new challenges and new mountains to climb. But hey, that’s half the fun of starting your own business.
Question: What are some of the challenges you’ve faced with starting your own business?