Different styles of business work for different niches and genres. That's a fact. However, let's all be respectful of choice. We all have a right to choose what is BEST for us. So, here's my two cents on how to do your homework and make decisions for you business, regardless of what any "expert" says.
Do your due diligence.
Take the time to research your options, study potential results, and your own personal work style. Forcing yourself to behave in a way that feels unnatural doesn't make for a successful path. Instead, it makes your work feel messy and inauthentic.
Look outside the "norm."
This should be anything but "Being like the Joneses". This is YOUR business, so make it work for YOU. Lofty suggestions of what you "should" be doing by experts and well-meaning people are just that, suggestions. Only you can decide what will work for you. And, what works for you, doesn't have to be the standard you see everyone in your niche use. As long as it meets your objectives is all that matters.
You aren't always your ideal client.
You don't have to create content that you would consume. I know in my case, I am not my own ideal client. I don't need to be to have success. Actually, moving beyond what I like, I am more likely to reach my intended audience. I have lofty goals for my business, but I am not there yet. So, keeping myself limited to me as my intended audience doesn't push me to reach that next goal.
Paying attention to the details will make success within your reach. In creating your business systems, you can't gloss over the finer points and expect processes to work. They will bind up and create bottlenecks within your business that long-term you cannot afford. Take the time to get it right from the outset. Trying to take shortcuts and the easy way doesn't make it right or lead to success. It's in the little details that you will find your greatest steps to success.
Surround yourself with the right people.
You want to connect with like-minded people and those who are reaching the goals you are working towards. Those are the people who will push you to take the next steps and reach the next level. You can't sit with those you surpassed and expect them to hold space for you to reach the next level. Be willing to stretch yourself and your circle.
Stay strong, and trust yourself and your instinct. Allowing others to get you off-track leads to nothing but struggle. Be positive. There are a multitude of options and opportunities. Be open and mindful of your own needs to support your goals. We may stumble, but we get back up and keep pressing on.
I have talked to people interested in seeing what it takes to become a Virtual Assistant and something I’ve heard over and over is, “I am just…” or “I just do…”. This is the wrong approach when brainstorming a business idea.
You are so much more than “just” anything - You are a Master, an Expert.
You have mastery and experience in some service skill - whether it is mailings or letter writing or customer service - you are GREAT at something. Don’t sell yourself short. Be honest about what you have mastered. Being an expert in a service will provide you with the tools necessary to help others and build your service-based business.
Undermining your skills is not an endearing quality revered by others. It comes across as though you lack the confidence it takes to be a success. You want to portray yourself with the confidence to lead others looking for help with your services. You aren’t out to be led but show that you have the capabilities to complete the work and take responsibility for the successful results.
I am proud of the work I do, the skills I have, and how I help others reach their goals.
Getting my business to this point - to where I am comfortable with the skill sets I have and how I can share those with others - has been a journey. It's been self-discovery and confidence building, with technical knowledge and trial and error thrown in for good measure.
As I continue to grow my business and evolve, I further define the work I love to do, that which I can do without, and where my vision and heart live. It's not all about putting in tons and tons of hours each day, but rather fine-tuning my skills to maximize my time and energy. Taking the time for personal development and surrounding myself with like-minded entrepreneurs and soul searchers moves me to work towards new goals and keeps me in the trenches of doing the work.