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    Top 3 Bosstastic Business Learning Takeaways From 2016-2017

    With 2018 here and in full effect we take time to look back and ponder what we learned in 2016-2017. For me, 2016-2017 was definitely a time of growth & research.  It only seemed right to share my Top 3 Bosstastic Business Learning Takeaways From 2016-2017, especially after I had done my first periscope linked right here: Top 3 Bosstastic Takeaways From 2016 . Truth is, we learn from trial and error. If we are lucky we have people along the way that can teach us through their experiences so that we do not have to make the same mistakes. So, without further ado here are my top 3 lessons from 2016-2017 in no particular order.

    Less Planning & More Action

    So much time can be spent on planning that you end up losing out on time to actually get started in your business. As I stated in the periscope, planning is important. However, there is no need to spend your lifetime planning which ultimately means nothing is getting accomplished to move you any closer to starting your business or progressing in growing that business. Start with the basics and have low expectations. We tend to be our own worst enemies and when we set expectations that are too high or unrealistic this can hinder progression from the start. [ctt template=”5″ link=”b2PpH” via=”no” ]All it really takes is an idea, passion and a little direction to get you started and heading in the right direction.[/ctt]

    In 2017, this was still very true. However, while running multiple businesses you quickly learn that planning has to take place regardless. However, I have learned that for each moment of planning even the smallest actions should be taken . They key is to keep pushing forward and not be discouraged. Take it all is small parts and take every check on your done list as a small victory.

    Eat, Breathe & Sleep Your Business

    No one is capable of growing your business like you! You have to be as committed to your business as you will potentially want any partners you may have in the future. Depending on your financial situation when looking into starting/growing a business this lesson may require a little more attention. I had to work other jobs while growing my businesses. Ultimately , I believe that if given the opportunity people would rather be able to quit their current situation and jump full on into growing their dream business. This, is not always realistic. So, the question is how do you eat, breath & sleep your business? Simple, realize that you may have to go with less sleep, and some of those perks that you are use to may have to take a vacation. For me I wasn’t able to get my nails done, and didn’t have much of a personal life because financially it wasn’t realistic. Sacrifice was easy for me because my eye was never off of the ultimate prize. Having the ability to be home with my children and create an income that could sustain my household. Determining your why and keeping it in front of you at all times can prove extremely useful at this point.  The hours may be long, and I’m not promising that it will be easy, but the rewards are more than you can imagine.

    Continue to be your number one advocate. We all want support from family and loved ones, but you have to be able to push forward regardless of whom is standing behind you to support. Stay focused, keep your eye on the prize and seek mentors and collaborators for support.

    Prepare To Put In The Work

    When you are not sure what resources you have and how many staff you will be able to start with there is one thing that I want you to do. Stand in front of the mirror and meet your new staff. You have to be willing to do all facets of your business within reason. You also have to ask yourself how you intend to know the worth of  positions in your business if you haven’t experienced it yourself? When I hired my very 1st employee I knew exactly what I expected and what was necessary to do the work necessary. It is important to not put more on someone than necessary and you don’t want to give unrealistic expectations. Lastly, there is so much appreciation that I was able to gain from the trial and error of doing things myself. Truthfully, I still prefer this method. By running all aspects of my business and over time being able to delegate out tasks serves two purposes for me. First, I get to see the growth of my business as less and less behind the scenes tasks have to be handled by me personally. Secondly, I know what I should be seeing as results for those delegated tasks. [ctt template=”5″ link=”21eSu” via=”no” ]Everything is a learning process and a potential tool for future growth.[/ctt]

    Don’t be afraid of the road ahead! It can seem overwhelming. Truth is, there is nothing that you cant handle. One thing that 2017 taught me was that you have to get comfortable with realizing when you need help. Be able to hire or learn your weakness.

    What did 2016-2017 teach you that will help you make a bigger move in your business/life in 2018?

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    Learning What Your Money Smells Like.

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    My hope is that the title caught your attention for all the right reasons. Truth is, this is a question that very few people ask themselves. When you finally figure out what your money smells like it is an enlightening and exciting time. so, lets get started and hopefully I can give you some insight into what I mean and you can figure out what your money smells like.

    It all starts with our first jobs or an allowance of some sort. With this new found money comes a plethora of opportunity and dream building. We start to see just what the world has to offer. when we make/earn that first dollar did you know that there is a “smell” associated with it? That’s right every dollar you earn and receive has a “smell associated” and thankfully the scent is different for all of us, that is what makes the world go around.

    The conversation started on one of the many trips back and forth from my son’s school on a break of some sort. As we were driving my youngest pointed out a cow pasture and a chicken coop. she stated that she didn’t know how anyone could live on a farm and deal with all those different smells, it just was way too much for her. I looked in the rear view mirror and I explained that is because her money smells different than that of a farmer. [ctt template=”5″ link=”akW68″ via=”yes” ]When you drive past a chicken coop, a cow pasture, a paper mill, and even a garbage dump you are smelling the sweet aroma of someone’s money. [/ctt]Luckily for you and I that is the best smelling money to someone, somewhere because it is what makes the world go round. Imagine if diffrent things didn’t call to different people. Where would we be without farmers and the sort? Thankfully, that is a world I will never have to envision.

    So, here we are and truth is now you need to determine what your money is going to smell like. We will start with a small group of questions that you may think are simple , but may be a little tricker than you think.

    1. What industry do you see yourself being in i.e. leisure & hospitality, construction, education,health or professional?(Be as specific as possible)
    2. What are your hobbies or recreational interest? (Remember be specific)
    3. what topics (top 4) could you talk about or research 24/7, where do your passions lay ?

    Now, I want to make a important point. These questions aren’t to state whether or not you should be trying to run a business. This is to determine where your passions lay and therefore clarifying what are/or subject matter could prove to be best suited for you and that great smelling money. For me my money smelled like lotion and hairspray at first. Actually, like lotion to be specific. My first business built for longevity was my skincare / makeup business. When I asked myself the above questions my business was the end result. For some of my clients the scent of their money is different from mine. Some, consist of cleaning businesses, consulting businesses, writers, daycare owners, restaurant owners, work at home staff, assistance, and researchers.  The main reason that I gave a couple of examples on what some of my client’s money smell like is to say that not everyone is cut out to do the same thing and not everyone wants to run a business. Truth is we all play an important part. The key is to have the ability to do what you love the most making your money the best way that works for you. Guess what, you may even change your mind as to what your money smells like, and that is okay. Regardless, take the time to figure it out. As yourself those questions and gain clarity into what that great thing is that you want to do.