It’s been over three years now.
Writer for You celebrated it’s 3rd birthday back at the beginning of September and I’ve spent some time since then thinking about what that means.
Quite frankly, I’m proud of myself. I’ve got happy clients, services which work for me and them – and I can see a future that works as a copywriter. Wahey!
So, what have I learnt in these last three years? If you’re interested, or just have nothing better to do for a few minutes, read on.
What I’ve learnt about running a business
1. You’re not on your own
When I started copywriting, I – almost immediately – started networking. And I’m so glad I did.
Even before I started looking to my network for clients, I looked to them for support. Whether it was talking about their own business experience, asking them to share their expertise or even discussing how to balance work and home – I’ve met so many amazing individuals who have helped me through these years and I know I wouldn’t have got this far without them.
2. You don’t need to know everything
As my previous point has already made clear, I’ve been fortunate to meet some amazing people who have helped me with those things I can’t do myself.
Before starting my own business I was terrified of having to manage my own accounts, it turns out that if you meet a lovely accountant at the start of your journey, that doesn’t need to be a problem at all.
3. A business isn’t the same as a hobby
I could write for myself all I like, I would enjoy it but it wouldn’t be a business. I need to take myself and my work seriously if I’m going to support the people who need a copywriter.
Running a business is a huge achievement and much more impressive than writing for the sake of it (although I’d quite like to find some time to do that too!).
What I’ve learnt about Me
4. I can walk into a room full of strangers without bursting into flames or collapsing on the floor.
I was terrified of the thought of networking, it turns out that in the right group it can be an incredibly positive experience. A room full of supportive, interested and successful people is a great room to be in. I’ve been fortunate to have found many of those rooms locally and online.
5. I can manage the financial bits… sort of
And the bits I can’t manage, I can give to the person who can!
6. I know things which will help other people
We often undervalue the things we know, we think that if we know them everyone else must too. But that’s not true.
Whether these things come naturally to me, are things I have practised for years or have studied for hours – I know lots of things I know and can help people with them. Often, these are things which they didn’t even know they were looking for.
I’m doing a good thing by providing my information and services.
The biggest learning of all
7. Change is ok… in fact it might even be a good thing.
It’s all going to keep changing – business will change, I’ll change, my life will change and that’s all ok.
Three years is an achievement and I’m proud of it, but I’ve got a lot more to learn.
These lessons here will take me onwards – who knows how far – but there will always be a lot more to learn.