Seven Mistakes of Self Employed

Seven common mistakes when setting up your business - and it is amazing how these 7 mistakes become some of the greatest time wasters we face....

1. Taking rejection personally - no is a fact of life... just as you should be comfortable saying no to others, you must be comfortable hearing no from others as well. Struggling with anxiety or fear of hearing no can cause us to waste a lot of time.

2. Perfectionism - "Done is better than perfect". Something many struggle with... and feel they should apologize repeatedly and beat themselves up when told of an error they made... and we are not talking about an error that costs your client a considerable amount of money or something illegal... but often we will not proceed with a task, project, or marketing until we can get it perfect... and then if we are too hard on ourselves, perfection never comes and we sit there wondering why we even thought this was a good idea. Sometimes it is better to get the project or task done and not worry if it is perfect. Often those who are receiving our project or task never notice the non-perfect elements... and if they do... they don give much thought to it... of course, there are always exceptions to the rule... and that is when you can say with your head up high... "I felt it was better to have the 'task' done than worrying if it was perfect. I can always fine tune it later, but you can still understand the intent of what I wanted to present."

3. Impatience - You have a goal to be here by this time... and it isn't going as fast as you would like... you are frustrated and consider yourself a failure... or you try to ramp things up and do something else that doesn't quite fit into what your original intent was, just so you can get something else started... it never works as you hoped. Sometimes we need to learn what 'patience is a virtue' means and apply it to our situations.

4. Feeling isolated and not sharing - Yep, working from home in many cases leaves you feeling like no one is around... you have to get out and be a part of civilization. And it is hard... taking that first step... making an effort... and then you must be honest... you know... admit that working from home or in your own business where all you do is work is isolating... and you have to share with others for them to understand you and your needs while you learn their similarities in their situations... ah, the moment when you make a real authentic connection with another person and can see what you are missing out on in life...

5. Not self-promoting enough - This doesn't mean shoving your products and services into EVERY conversation you have with EVERYONE... This is taking time and consideration to talk about your business with others in a context where it is a conversation rather than a sales pitch. It is the ability to demonstrate to others that what you offer is valuable to them... or someone they know... and taking that information and moving it towards the connections that matter... (I can tell you that last part of the sentence is a big deal to me - connections that matter)... You want to talk about your products or services... and not wait until a great launch is about to happen... but you want to do it in a natural and authentic manner that really makes a connection.

6. Trying to do everything yourself and getting overwhelmed - Yep, we do that... marketing, product development, website development, blogging, networking, sales, data entry, accounting... and are we any good at all those things or just do good enough to get by? I bet the answers you come up with will depend on a few things like - I can't afford it... and that is a real, live, honest and painful answer... Here is the thing... you don't think that graphic designer you really need to hire but can't afford is looking for some help in something else but hasn't taken the time to see that help because they too do not have the funds to pay for those services... reach out and ask them if you can do an old fashion bartering... Hey that is a great idea... maybe we can start a bartering program here... just a really cool thought...

7. Not making time for self-care - Ah, the essence of Leveraging Your Time... yes siree, if you are so busy with everything... you fail to take care of yourself... and that means you can't take care of your business, your family, your personal life and your professional life as it all melds together...

Honest, all of these things mentioned here by a third party who doesn't even know of me or my good old Leveraging Your Time workshops... illustrated in these 7 common mistakes the benefits you receive from Leveraging Your Time workshops, materials, groups and services... just saying... I may be on to something here you know?

Here is the link to my website... www.readysetgovirtualsolutions.com - take a peek at all I have to offer... there are some great resources that are free and some that have costs associated to them... Let's say you want to purchase something that costs a bit more than you want to pay... go ahead and offer something to barter... I am game for that!