After being in small business for nearly two years I have learnt a lot. I am no millionaire but mind you I have chopped and changed to find what fits for me and what I really want to do. I view this as my apprenticeship and I know there is no overnight success stories and there is always a background story. My background is teaching and I’ve come to the conclusion that teaching and small business are the same. They are both hard work. Others can often view teaching as easy street with lots of holidays or small business owners sitting around in their pj’s with a cuppa working. Nothing could be further from the reality. Here’s how teaching and small business are the same.
The work is endless
The work is endless there is always something to do. You can work yourself into an early grave and many a small business owner and teachers have left due to the overwhelming workload. If you are not marking. planning or teaching there is always departmental paperwork to be completed so that the everything is accountable. In small business there are the clients, the back office work, the accounts, marketing, social media, blogging, follow up and networking. I have known many a small business owner and teacher who have burnt out and had to quit. It’s not for the faint hearted.
You totally need to see the big picture
You need to see the big picture and not get stuck on the small details. With trying to balance work and life if you spend hours fiddling around with charts, clean classrooms or marking every piece of work your students created……start digging that grave now. It’s the same in small business you need to have a clear focus of what you want to achieve with your business, which is why a business plan is essential or you can be aimlessly drifting for one thing to the next (Urrrmm I need my own advice here LOL, an update is in order). In small business you can waste hours on social media, making lovely Canva post, messing around with the lovely excel spreadsheets for your accounts and cleaning up. Fine details are great but you do need to keep it in check. To have a business you need to have customers and to get customers you need to be out there letting people know about your business. You can’t be the best kept secret, you are more likely to do business with someone you have meet you need to be out there.
Your clients are not always going to easy
Your clients are not going to always be easy. There are times when they are going to be so demanding it will take all your energy. Unless you don’t work with humans, then you will experience this. Clients and students can be unreasonable, grumpy, talk back, not act how you want, expect you to give them the world for free and cause you to scream into your pillow at night. Keep in mind there are only a few of these clients and most will love you.
There are big fist pump moments
There can be huge fist pump moments. When you have a win with the penny dropping for a student, moving a student forward either academically or behaviourally, getting that client you wanted or that Facebook post going viral. It’s these moments that push you through the tough times. Fist pump moments that make it worth it. Keep going you can do it.
Teaching and small business are not so different. They both require hard work, dedication and can be lots of fun. When times get tough remember there are others out there with the same experience as you and you are not alone. If you feel alone we run three networking events each month for you. Come and check us out get the support you need in small business.
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Keep going, you are doing great.