I both love and hate to break it to ya, but there’s no shortcut to feeling like you know what you’re doing as a new business owner.
The simple truth (that is easier said than digested) is that the more you show up and do the work, the more you’ll feel like you know what you’re doing.
I remember that, as a brand new coach still in school, I made a “cheat sheet” full of questions I could ask my client if I ever got stuck. I feared a long silence so bad! It was my crutch, soothing me that if, say, my client was struggling with a time management question, I could flip to my Time Management section and read off any of the number of questions that were there.
This “cheat sheet” was probably almost a dozen pages, and can you guessed how many times I used it? None! Of course none.
While I might not know you personally, I’ve yet to work with a client who wanted to launch a business that had nothing to do with what they’ve already experienced in their work or their life. I love and hate to tell you, but that is enough to launch a business.
When you want to be a stylist, the outfit you helped your sister put together for a bachelorette weekend totally counts.
When you want to be an event planner, your cousin’s wedding where you were the Day Of Coordinator totally counts.
When you want to be a health coach, your own weight loss journey totally counts.
I don’t care that it was “just” your personal experience. I don’t care that you don’t have you degree it in. I don’t care that you did it for free.
Here’s the bottom line: If you feel you can deliver the promised result on whatever you’re offering from where you are now, it’s time to start.
If you know that you can put together a knockout outfit tomorrow for a stranger based on a questionnaire that discussed their needs and goals? Then you’re a stylist. Go out and style – and charge for it. You’re promising them a knockout outfit, and you’re able to deliver just that. You’re in business.
If you know that you can plan and execute a killer wedding tomorrow? Then you’re an event planner. Go out and sign on that bride and groom – and charge for it. You’re promising them a wedding planner that takes care of all the details, and you’re able to deliver just that. You’re in business.
If you know that you can work with someone next week who wants to take a more healthy approach to weight loss? Then you’re a health coach. Go out and get your client – and charge for it. You’re promising them that they don’t have to diet to feel good about their bodies and/or lose weight, and you’re able to deliver just that. You’re in business.
Wondering what to do from here, with the tiny voice in your head that says “Yup, I’m ready to start putting the time and experience in” even though you have a very scared and excited pit in your stomach? It’s time to let me help you, of course!