A guest post from Mary Fraser:
There is so much to do when setting up or growing a micro business – marketing, planning, creating products and dealing with finance. All of which are very important, however it’s equally important to look after the people in the business. However, when you are a solopreneur, that means only one person – YOU!
Always invest time in your own personal development. A few tips to consider:
- Find yourself a coach or mentor, ideally someone who has already run a successful business and is willing to help you and your business grow. Choose someone who will challenge and support you and offer constructive feedback too. All of this will provide great learning for you.
- Create your own personal development plan. Think about what am I really good at? How can I use this more? What are my areas for improvement? How can I develop these areas?
- Always build on your own skill set. For example, if you don’t enjoy speaking in front of a group of people, consider joining a local speakers club.
- Do attend a variety of business meetings and exhibitions in your area. This will provide you with opportunities to meet other business people and hear their business stories. We can learn from listening to other people’s business experience!
It’s important that as your business grows and develops you do too!