by: Lauren

Well, it’s official. My husband and I made it through our first two weeks of owning a chiropractic practice. And oh my goodness- the medical world is nothing like the wedding world that I’m used to! I have of course been trying to apply as much of my own business knowledge as I possibly can, but I’ve also had to go back to the basics too. And as I’m looking back on these wild and crazy (and confusing) weeks, the things that stand out to me are more or less lessons. Lessons that are applicable no matter what your business is, and lessons that can apply to life in general…

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1) Never stop learning.

Even if you think you know everything there is to know about your field or craft, you can always learn more. Be open to new opportunities, new processes, and new insights. Knowledge is the best asset to have.

2) It’s okay to ask for help.

There are always going to be people out there who know more you than know, and who have more experience. You don’t have to figure out everything on your own. And you don’t have to DO everything on your own. I myself am facing the harsh reality that I REALLY need to hire someone to help with my own business. (I can’t keep staying up working until 2AM- I’m sure you all know this feeling too.)  There’s nothing wrong with having help!

3) People always want the easiest option.

Do whatever it takes to make things easy for them. Make it easy for them to say yes, easy for them to provide you with the information that you need, and easy to work with you. Heck, I know I myself always want the easiest option too! 🙂

4) A positive outlook helps.

In a world full of negativity, competition, and comparison, having a positive outlook on situations can give you a glimmer of hope. Seeing the silver lining to not-so-great situations can be your saving grace. Not only that, but it really and truly does have a substantial effect on your wellbeing.

5) Patience my dears, patience.

Rome wasn’t built overnight. You have to be patient when it comes to building a business- and even in everyday inner workings. We all get so wrapped up in wanting instant gratification that we can forget about the basics. If you find yourself starting to become impatient, stop, take a moment, and remind yourself where you are at in your business journey, and how far you’ve come.

6) Gratitude can go a long way. 

One of the things that I’ve learned about myself over the years is that I love receiving gratitude from others. It makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something. People tend to remember gratitude for a long time- I know I do!

7) You don’t have to do things the way “everyone else” does them.

In a sea of competitors, you have to stand out… and if that means that you have to do something that is the total opposite of the “norm”, then you shouldn’t be afraid to do that! For some reason, my husband and I always choose the nontraditional ways of doing things. It’s not because we consciously choose it, but because it’s what feels right. And somewhere along making the decision to do the opposite of the norm, I myself experience SO much fear. Sometimes I even procrastinate in making that decision, because it ISN’T what other people typically do. How crazy is that?! I don’t even want to think about the amount of time I’ve wasted because I felt like I had to stick to the normal way of doing things! So don’t be afraid to forego the “norm” and do what feels right!

Clearly, these tidbits are really just pep talks to myself- and now, to you! 😉 And yes, I have definitely been repeating these things to myself over and over these past few weeks. But this is exactly why I created this space- to share my journey as a business owner with hopes that it could help, encourage, or support other business owners too.

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If you saw the “first” post here on ELD For Pros, you may have noticed a little giveaway going on! Well, I was supposed to announce the winner last week, but clearly time flew by and that didn’t happen. But today- it is! Congrats to these 2 randomly chosen winners of a banner ad on Every Last Detail:

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Ladies, I will email you for your ad! Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway… and thank you for your excitement in this fun little journey of ELD For Pros! 🙂

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Okay friends, now it’s time for YOU to share… do you have any of your own business lessons to share in addition to these? 

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Lauren

Owner & Editor at Every Last Detail
Lauren Grove is the editor and owner of Every Last Detail. A clueless bride-turned-wedding planner, Lauren uses her experiences and knowledge to educate and inspire brides all over the world.

3 responses to 7 Business (And Life) Lessons Every Entrepreneur Needs To Know

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  1. Emily (a Vendor)

    Love it Lauren! Exactly the reminders I need as I grow my business. Patience, hard work, lots of heart and creativity… I’ll see big things happen in time.

    Keep inspiring us to be better and work harder to achieve those dreams.

  2. Alicia (just curious)

    I whole-heartedly agree with all of it! We struggle with the last one constantly since we do things very differently than a lot of our colleagues! When I feel defeated, I try to remember that a lot of people never even make it this far in business or even have the opportunity to own their own businesses. If we’re going to compare ourselves with others, the picture is only accurate if we compare with both the good and the bad. You two will be awesome!

  3. LYSUE (a Bride)

    Lauren,
    Thanks for sharing! My struggle is always with being patient, and acknowledging that I’ve come far. The journey continues and we have to enjoy every minute of it rather than focus on what we don’t have.
    Thanks again!

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