When starting any business, you have to go in knowing it may takes some time to build. Things don’t happen overnight but it would be nice if they did, right? Truth is, you need to set realistic goals.

Being Realistic

I was listening to a fellow small business owner the other day and she said give it 5 years. That may sound like a long time, but it also sounds realistic. I mean 5 years will go by either way, wouldn’t be nice to have something your working towards?

Start slow and really build your brand. The first few years maybe tough but that doesn’t give you a reason to quit. There is going to be set backs, things that didn’t work, that doesn’t mean failure. The is a learning curve for everything. That just means you need to try a different approach.

Being a Small Business Owner

During my life, I have had the pleasure of owning a few businesses. One thing I learned is things take time and consistency. I started my photography business 13 years ago. You need to write down your goals and use that as a map to get to where you want to be. You are 42% likely to achieve your goals if you write them down.

It was 18 months ago when I started with Monat. I had two promotions within the first 6 months (YAY!). I know deep down, I have an amazing product to share with the world. This business has changed my life in so many ways. I know that moving forward I will need to be consistent. Take it one step at a time, one customer at a time, changing one life at a time.

For the past 13 years, I have been my own boss. I can never see myself going back to work for someone else. Learning to run a successful business has been so rewarding. Also, I learned that having multiple sources of income is the smart way to go, Dave Ramsey will tell you. Direct sales is not the enemy. It can only help, it can’t hurt you.

Write Your Goals Down

Next time you write down your goals, make them realistic. Take small steps, celebrate small wins. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Then reward yourself once you achieve those goals. If you want to start a side business, do it! What’s holding you back?