Whether your are just starting out or have been in the game for a moment, building and maintaining confidence as an entrepreneur is vital. I'm a blogger who just added photography as a service. To improve my skills, I did quite a few free photo sessions. One day I was online and noticed that a fellow, well established photographer, captioned his photo with "I get paid to do this." Know, I knew that the comment wasn't directed at me, but for a slight moment, I stepped in the comment and got in my feelings. However, I quickly got out of them because I have given myself permission to make mistakes and grow in my craft. I also affirmed and am confident that I will be able to charge premium prices for my service in due time. I could have easily remained stuck, but I didn't.
Every now and then, things will come along to challenge your confidence as an entrepreneur. I would like to share with you three steps on how to increase your confidence as one.
1. Give yourself permission to make mistakes and grow in your craft. To do this, you will need to stop comparing yourself to others that are in your line of work. Expecting to be perfect in something you just started is setting up an unrealistic expectation. You are also inviting unnecessary stress to the table. Resist the desire to be so hard on yourself. Leave room for a positive learning experience.
2. Plan for success. Make a list of things that you feel are needed in order to support your success. Then seek those things. From social media to administrative support. If you lack expertise, experience, or need more time to devote to other aspects of the business , then be willing to outsource some things. Typically, as an entrepreneur we try to DIY to our own detriment. Reclaim your time and keep your sanity. Having too much on your plate can impact your creative juices from flowing freely.
3. Be absolutely sure about your target audience. When you take the funnel approach as opposed to the targeted approach to your audience, you can easily give the impression that one, you are all over the place and two you are trying to be all things to all people. Which means your potential clients don't know what you are an expertise in or what they should seek you for. Again, be still and take the time to really identify your target audience and began to create products or services that speak directly to them.
To recap, the three steps to increase your confidence as a entrepreneur include: giving yourself permission to make mistakes and grow your craft, planning for success, and being sure about your target audience.
You made a very important decision to become an entrepreneur. Often people become infatuated with the glitz and glamour without understanding the hard work that goes on behind the scene. If you commit to increasing your confidence in business, your audience will be able to detect it. The proof will be in what you produce. Perhaps, you will finally get the results you have have been searching for. Maintain your confidence and blaze the trail.
Janet Michelle is a blogger, motivational speaker and most recently the author of Finding My Happy: Chucking the Deuces to Toxic Thinking. Janet resides in St. Petersburg, Florida and is the mother of three beautiful children. In her spare time she loves listening to live music and eating good food.