Recently, we’ve covered what to accomplish before starting a new business. But what should you expect after you’ve started? Say, within your first year? Here are three things to expect during the first year you get your business off the ground:
#1: You’ll have doubts.
Rest assured that you’ll doubt yourself (and your entire business) at some point or another within the first year. Most likely, it will occur multiple times. You might be doubting yourself the whole time, in fact. And that’s okay. Getting a new venture off the ground is stressful and it’s easy to get down on yourself when the numbers aren’t where you expected them to be, or when your sales aren’t hitting the way you thought they might. Stay the course and trust your instincts—remember that business take some time to succeed, and it doesn’t happen overnight.
#2: You’ll think you can do it all by yourself.
Because you’re excited about your business, you’re going to want to oversee every inch of it and you might even become a bit of a control freak about it. But you may learn that you can’t do it all by yourself. And if you obsess to the degree of burnout, you’re shooting yourself in the foot—you’ll become less productive and it can start to affect your business in a negative way. So, while the answer might not be hiring your first employee or outsourcing to a contractor, it’s important to remember to not push yourself too hard. In the long run, tackling what you can and avoiding burnout is what’s important.
#3: You’ll adjust as you learn more.
The first year of your business is a learning period. You’ll adjust as needed as you get more and more familiar with the way your business functions and what your customers are looking for. Being aware ahead of time that you don’t know everything and that you’ll learn as you go is always recommended.
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