What would you change about your business or blog since you started? Look back to when you started – how much has changed? Have the changes been gradual? Have you made decisions that you regretted?
My business has evolved since I launched in 2012. It has been an amazing journey and I have loved every minute. I have not once regretted the decision to set up my own business. It has been tough at times, and frustrating, and I have felt I am going round in circles, wasting time and effort on things that perhaps were distractions or ineffective. However that’s how you learn. I absolutely adore what my business has become and I love what I do. I still love my branding, and even though at the time it felt like a lot of money to spend, to me getting the look and feel right was very important. Even now, every time I look at my business cards, I fall in love with them all over again. That has got to be a positive! They were designed for me by somebody who understood what I was trying to achieve. (If you are looking for a designer, talk to Mark Palmer Studio. I highly recommend Mark. He’s brilliant – tell him I sent you. He doesn’t have a website but I can put you in touch with him.)
What I missed at the beginning was the camaraderie and peer collaboration that you enjoy if you work in a larger organisation. To counteract those feelings of isolation, I have developed support networks around me. I attend a local networking group, I have connected with other small business owners in various ways, I run my own Facebook group for mums who run their own business, and I belong to a mastermind. The mastermind is a group of female business owners and we support each other in our businesses. We share our knowledge and experience. We all work in different fields and come from a range of backgrounds. It’s like having your own personal board of directors. We meet monthly however we “talk” on Facebook and email almost daily.
The power of a mastermind is incredible. I love it! Earlier this year, I trained with one of the best mastermind specialists in the US. I already run one very specialised mastermind group and next year I will be launching a mastermind group for other mums who run their own business. It’s the one thing I would change in my business. I wish I had known about business masterminds earlier. It really does propel your business forward. Not sure what a mastermind is? Discover more here.