There is so much opportunity as one begins to build a business.
Many think that you need to attend classes or achieve a degree or certification to build a business. They bypass looking at all the free offerings that are out there - especially on the internet.
One example of this … podcasts!
Podcasts can be of great value. Turn your ears over to the free information that awaits you. You can learn from those who have gone before you and are willing to teach you such valuable information.
Nurses are resourceful. A lot of what we have learned in nursing was self-taught. If you think about those early days of nursing school, we had nothing to compare to what we were being taught. Your education depended on the strength of your instructors.
Let’s be honest … the best instructors more often were the adjunct instructors who were still working in the trenches of the nursing field. They knew the tricks; the updated trends, and they knew the reality of what worked and what did not because they were living it in their own job as a bedside nurse.
Beyond what was taught in school, we had to do a lot of self-teaching through reading and studying on our own. One of the advantages of today’s tech world is that we live in a world where we can jump onto a platform and do a quick Google search - or better yet watch a “How To” video on YouTube. What I would have paid for examples of “how to insert an IV” back in the early 90’s!
The Internet was in dial up mode at that stage. Now we are inundated with a variety of learning platforms. Many of them are free!
It is the same way with building a business. You can learn what steps are necessary to open a business. You can add to that and self-teach yourself marketing, speaking, social media content creation and so on.
Start with the basics of what you know and build on that foundation. Use a variety of resources such as books, online courses, and podcasts. Set goals and develop a clear strategy to achieve them. Hold yourself accountable but give yourself grace. If you don’t hit your goals, do not be hard on yourself. Building a startup independently is a learning curve, especially if you are going from employee mindset to boss mindset.
Pace yourself … do not get burned out. Part of the reason you are shifting into business ownership is most likely because you want to have a different career lifestyle from the previous. Put simply, the employee grind is not working for you any longer. Just be aware that action yields results. In business ownership, you are the boss. You must be the one to execute the deliverable, regardless of how big or small the task may be.
You must search and find the resources to grow within yourself. This requires taking your time and doing the research. We live in an instant answer world. Your business is not going to be built in an instant. Neither is learning how to build that business. Having a mentor is fantastic to cut down on the amount of time necessary to build a business, but if you do not have the financial means for that or you cannot find a mentor to help you, you by all means can self-teach and self-build any business.
With today’s platforms, answers can be found in books, courses, podcasts, webinars, classes, etc. The internet is a treasure trove of ideas just waiting for you to explore. It’s what you do with that knowledge and how you apply them that will help with the advancements of your business.