Running your own business isn’t anything to be scared about. Yes, there are things you need to learn, obviously but that is what Google is for, but then there are things you should always keep learning, no matter what it is you are doing with your life. Sometimes, especially when it all feels a bit overwhelming, it helps to look at what works for others, and what kind of common qualities can be seen among those with healthy businesses.
I am a firm believer in the “work smarter not harder” motto & Lord knows recreating the wheel is just a waste of time in my opinion so keep your eyes & ears open at all times because the men & women of Lularoe have some pretty rad ideas.
It is important as a business owner you showcase your unique personality, there are no cookie cutter rule books on how to be a successful entrepreneur, however, I do think there are definitely some qualities that those who run successful businesses have in common. I have gathered what I believe to be the most common ‘traits of successful entrepreneurs’. Keeping on top of these things may just make the difference between your business struggling or striving. In the very least, I hope they’ll help to keep you inspired to always keep raising your own standards.
10 TIPS ON BEING A SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR
1. DOING SOMETHING YOU LOVE
There is a reason the word ‘passion’ is bandied about so much. To be successful, and more importantly, feel like you’re successful, you have to be doing something you love, and you have to have the passion to keep pushing forward even when times get tough. Can I get an AMEN? How many times have you opened a shipment you have eagerly been waiting for to find multiple duplicates or not ONE “unicorn” your customers have been begging for…I promise it has happened to me more than once. Guess what I didn’t give up, I didn’t close my business, I moved forward because of the passion I have for the company I work for. I truly love Lularoe & what is has done for myself & my family.
2. HAVING SOLID SYSTEMS IN PLACE
The earlier you start implementing systems, from workflows to how you deal with emails or fulfil your orders, the better prepared you will be for when business does start picking up. One of the saddest things to witness is when new businesses with great potential fail, because they don’t have systems in place to handle future growth. Start using Audrey from the jump, implement new online sale systems (Roe with me, Booteek, Shop the Roe), Quickbooks will change your business & help balance the rest of your life.
3. STAYING ON TOP OF YOUR CASH-FLOW
This is hands down one of the biggest reasons news businesses fail. If you know you are bad at planning your finances, you need to have someone, such as an accountant, involved to keep you on top of things. Deanne believes in “outsourcing” if you aren’t an expert then don’t take on the task. Business finances aren’t something to dabble in, don’t waste your time trying its just not worth your time. Focus on your passion, Lularoe.
4. RESPECTING THE POWER OF WORD OF MOUTH
Want to know what your biggest marketing avenue is? WOM is where it’s at. Don’t treat it lightly. BOOM.
5. GETTING COMFORTABLE WITH SELF PROMOTION
This is a hard one, especially for you introverts. It is however something you have to get comfortable with if you want to run a successful small business. Step outside your comfort zone & pass out leggings, business cards, & reach out to local businesses to spread the word about your new venture. Remember people LOVE supporting small businesses so make sure they know you own one.
6. LEVERAGING THE UNIQUE ASPECTS OF WHO YOU ARE
The thing that makes our business special is us. The more distinctive your voice, the better you’ll reach those who are in the market for what only you can offer. That’s right get JIGGY with it, spark up conversation with anyone & everyone you know about why Lularoe is not just about clothing this company is so much more! LuLaRoe; where through fashion we create freedom, serve others and strengthen families. A place where lives are being blessed and dreams achieved through love, confidence, purpose and growth!
7. ALWAYS BE WILLING TO LEARN NEW THINGS
There is always more to learn. Always. Tune into all the trainings on Like A Boss, Tuesday Training calls, attend Super Saturday events, Sunday Suppers, & most important make it a priority to attend the Inspire Tour your business will thank you!
8. SURROUNDING YOURSELF WITH PASSIONATE, MOTIVATED PEOPLE
It’s crucial to have people around you who light a fire under you, and get you reaching further. It is not a coincidence that Oprah's friends are all successful men & women she purposely surrounds herself with the BEST OF THE BEST. Be Oprah. Surround yourself with winners.
9. BEING CONSISTENT WITH HOW YOU CONDUCT YOUR BUSINESS
Leave surprise and unpredictability to the creative product. When it comes to other aspects of your business, consistency is what makes your clients feel taken care of. Your customers are what keep you in business so make sure you treat them like no other.
10. STAY FOCUSED ON WHAT YOUR GOALS ARE
It’s so easy to lose sight on what our goals for starting a business actually were. Review where you’re going often, and stay focused on what you want to achieve, and remember that ‘success’ looks different to each and everyone of us. Never compare yourself to others you never know where their journey began <3