You’re the boss but also the employee.
I am a professional Interior designer, gradually transitioning to Digital marketing.
I have learnt a few important lessons in the past few months, which I feel you can benefit from.
- Everyday hustle: The amount of time and hard work you invest in your business will be directly proportionate to the results you get. There is literally no one who can get you where you want to be.
- You’re the boss but also the employee: Binge watching netflix or chilling is easy but being discipline enough is hard but once you realize you’re the only person responsible for the progress that you make everyday. It gets easier to figure out what work needs to be done, and allocate that work to yourself so it gets completed efficiently basically you’re a one person team playing multiple roles.
- Prioritize: You can always go ahead and party with friends or make plans but you need to prioritize. When you don’t have a fixed income and don’t know where your next paycheck is going to come from, every second is valuable. Instead of getting overwhelmed with all the work that you have to do, take some time everyday to organize your tasks and make sure to complete the more important tasks first, when your mind is at its best.
- You’re always going to feel like you’re not doing enough: I always have this feeling at the back of my mind that I’m not doing enough and not living up to my full potential. At first, these thoughts would really bring me down and demotivate me but over time, I’ve learnt that it’s actually good to feel this way because it means you care and you want to be the best version of yourself.
- There’s no shame in personal branding: Branding/selling yourself is one of the most awkward things you’ll probably ever do. When I started blogging, I would feel so awkward sharing my posts with people I knew, but if you want to make a positive impact, grow your brand and gain people’s trust it’s just something you’ll have to learn to do. It definitely gets easier with practice.
- Don’t be cheap on the way to greatness: When you are on the way to success, you will need to invest in your business. Maybe in your learnings or maybe some tools/softwares or paying an eligible employee. Do not think twice. A journey to greatness cannot be cheap.
- Make your bed: Waking up early and making your bed would organise you for throughout your day, what you do in the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day so be more mindful of how you’re spending your mornings.
- Know when to stop: When you’re working for yourself, it’s easy to be so caught up with your work that other major things like your health and wellbeing end up taking a back seat. As important as it is to hustle, to be able to do your best work, you need to spend some time during the day NOT thinking about your work. Taking is break is always a good idea.
- Keep learning: So many people assume they’re done learning once they’re out of college but I think the actual learning starts only once you’re out in the real world. And once you are out there is so much, you might feel vulnerable but taking that step, calling the first consumer/customer is what leads to learning.
- It’s not easy: NO it’s not you might end up spending more hours than in any other job but nothing as great in life comes easy.