Happy one year, Wilco! And whoa, what a year it has been.
When I officially started this journey, I wasn’t sure where it would take me. I have grown so much, personally and professionally, and wanted to share four things I have learned since launching my business one year ago .
#1 Don’t ever underestimate yourself. This may seem cheesy, but don’t get in the way of your dreams. I had been a stay-at-home mom for the last seven years, and I knew when my little guy started Kindergarten this fall, I would need something to fill my time. I absolutely love people and helping others so when a friend suggested I start a business doing just that, I was hesitant. Will anybody hire me? Do I have what it takes to make this work? The questions went on and on. We are always our own worst critic, but the age old saying, “You never know what you can do until you try” couldn’t be more true! Are you thinking about starting a new chapter in your life? Go for it!
#2 Surround yourself with a supportive team and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Starting something new doesn’t mean you are on your own. Actually, it could be the complete opposite. I have always been blessed with a super supportive husband and group of friends. I received so much encouragement from the very beginning of The Wilco Concierge that I knew I couldn’t fail. If all of these people believe in me and what I am doing, surely there is a reason for it. I also knew if I did fall, they would be there to pick me up. Perfect example - I was doing a party and got myself in a time crunch. With one text, I had two sweet friends jump in right away to help make everything perfect and exceed my client’s expectations. Simply put, I couldn’t have done it without their help.
#3 Get into a routine. Because I work for myself, it is easy to do what I want to do, when I want to do it. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely have days that I stay in my pj’s and google vacation spots. But on days that I do not have clients, I make sure to use my time wisely. A typical, non-client day, I drop off my kiddos at school, get my fitness on, schedule a lunch with an old friend or networking contact, head home to take care of household duties, blog, answer emails, and do research for clients. I get the kiddos off the bus, cook dinner, and enjoy a nice glass of wine (OK, the wine part may happen before dinner). Knowing when I have the time to exercise and meet up with friends helps me make the time to pour into growing my business.
#4 Have fun. Yes, this may seem obvious but not everybody does this on a daily basis. Things won’t always go as planned, people aren’t always going to agree with you, and honestly some people are just jerks. Don’t get me wrong, I can definitely get upset. I’m human, it’s what we do. But I try to find the humor in situations and more importantly be thick skinned. I absolutely love this quote by The Dalai Lama XIV, “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do, and mostly Live.” It is SO true! We can’t change what happened yesterday and we don’t know what will happen tomorrow.
Have you started a new adventure in your life? Tell me about it!