BWM 39/100 – Building doors, becoming lucky and unf***king oneself

BWM 39/100 - Build with me SalesTrainerIn
BWM 39/100 – Build with me SalesTrainerIn

“When opportunity doesn’t knock build a door” (unknown). Since I started my entrepreneurial journey this sentence is somehow a daily mirror of what is happening and how many doors are opening.

I feel like I have thrown myself out there so many doors have opened and opportunities have knocked.

Building doors

I think the most important as well as the most scariest step is to really stop hiding and throwing yourself out there. Loosing the fear of being seen, noticed and maybe criticised.

Since I started my journey I had the chance to meet and network with a couple of pretty amazing people. I get supported in ways I would have never ever thought being possible. Things have just happened. I can’t explain why but it feels like “the harder I work the luckier I get” kind of thing is true.

Opening the doors

Another aspect I believe is to actually open the doors one builds. With that I mean to have an open, growth mindset. The willingness to constantly challenge one’s thinking. To invest and give without knowing the return. There won’t always be returns. I think you actually have to open a couple of doors to figure out what’s behind each.

Non of your business

As already mentioned above the probably scariest part is to throw yourself out there. And with doing so it’s pretty often linked to the fear of being criticised, judged or rejected. But to be honest – what other people think is non of your business. It’s simply not. It’s their business. Their problem. There is not always a point for you to care. Do your thing. Do you. We all are unique – and that’s the beauty of it.

Btw. most people will be anyway way to busy living their own life’s to even care at all.

"Unfuck yourself" - picture credit H&DF
“Unfuck yourself” – picture credit H&DF

BWM 22/100 – Impress yourself!

BWM 22/100 – Impress yourself!
BWM 22/100 – Impress yourself!

Yes, it’s cool to impress the cute boy next door. It’s cool to impress your best friend. It’s cool to impress your parents. It’s cool to impress your professor. It’s cool to impress your employer. It’s freaking cool to impress the world – I believe it’s cool. Haven’t done this one yet … Maybe someone who did could give me a hint on how cool it is, please?

But guess what is even cooler? To impress yourself!

Impress myself?

You are your longest commitment. You are the person you spend 24/7 with. You should not only love yourself and the time you spend with yourself but also impress yourself from time to time. Don’t you think?

Today I impressed myself.

Feeling pumped.

Pushing boundaries – relentlessly

For example I consider myself not a morning person. My husband would say the same. I don’t like mornings too much. It’s not that I hate everyone who is speaking before I had my caffeine intake but close. I just don’t really feel awake until after a certain amount of time.

So, I decided to go to bed a bit more early and while being in bed trying to sleep. This means no more social media, no reading. Not even this super thrilling novel. Nothing! Nada.

I forced myself to two spinnig classes at 7am last week. 7 am means being in the gym, on the bike, ready to rumble. I mean I love spinning ever since but 7 am is pretty tough for me. Especially before breakfast.

Well, anyways. I did it and I loved it! It was so much fun that I already signed up for both classes for this week.

Picture credit: TheBettyBoss
Picture credit: TheBettyBoss

Another thing which used to be really tough for me is planning my week ahead. Yesterday (Sunday as I am writing my blogs with one day time delay in case you haven’t noticed) I got myself a nice cup of my favourite tea, grabbed my notebook and did it! Oh boy was I proud 😉 just kidding. What made me proud was that this morning before the alarm went on at 5.30am I was already awake. And it was a Monday! I was happy, smiling and absolutely ready to rock this day.

By the time my hubby left stunned the house I had already accomplished 2 tasks of my list and was still in best mood.

Make it a habit!

To not keep it a one time success I will try establishing some things I am not particularly keen on. I will do this by including them in routines. Until they are only a habit I no longer have to think about. Like brushing my teeth. Or something I can somehow celebrate as either down time or me time like planning my week ahead.

How are you impressing yourself?

BWM 21/100 – Constantly learning and my nerdy self

BWM – Learning – Day 20
BWM – Learning – Day 21

On this journey I am learning more than ever! It’s kind of cool and my nerdy self loves it. But it’s not always fun tho because when you are responsible for building a business you have no choice what to learn. You simply have to figure stuff out.

Learning about Social Media – the fun bits

Since I started this journey a year ago with my blog I levelled up my social media skills a lot. I started with a private Facebook page, a LinkedIn and a Xing profile and lots of no clue. Oh, I also had a not used Twitter and Instagram account.

In the meanwhile I run 4 Instagram pages, 2 Facebook “business” pages, 4 Twitter Accounts and also try to keep my other profiles up to date. Plus I write regular Blog posts, which I now also try to SEO optimise. Yes, I actually had no clue how the hack to do this until a couple of months. (SEO – search engine optimisation). I even have run my first paid ads.

Sounds like nothing special? For me it was. I never really bothered to much with Social Media and now got pretty addicted.

These kind of stuff are definitely the fun bits of being an one woman show.

Figuring everything out – also the not so cool bits

The bigger part of creating a business is of course not social media and stuff but to learn about taxes, registering a company, writing a business plan etc. This is another part of the journey that requires a lot of learning on the job and along the way.

I believe the only way to do it is to read a lot, stay informed and not to overthink stuff. In some cases like taxes these are necessities and needs to be done. So it’s best to just get into the action part asap.

Some other tasks like writing a business plan can actually be a lot fun. When you do it for yourself and for no one else, you can create an awesome roadmap and start getting concrete on where your journey shall lead you. Sometimes, especially when you write the plan for an investor pr a bank you will have to put it into a certain layout. But in most cases it’s just an amazing way to think things through, structure your thoughts and know where you are going.

 

BWM 17/100 – MyNutShare goes YouTube (German)

BWM – Mein Neustart als Gründerin – Day 17
BWM – Mein Neustart als Gründerin – Day 17

As many of you know I am German but run an english company, based in London. Therefore a lot of my stuff like those posts is in English. And that’s pretty cool. However, I also wanted to keep my German fellas included and decided to share my journey also on YouTube – in German.

BWM – Mein Neustart als Gründerin – Day 17
BWM on YouTube – Mein Neustart als Gründerin – Day 17

The first YouTube post just went online

The focus of this YouTube channel is not to have a absolutely beautiful and pretty appearance but rather to put out some quality content.

Quality over appearance?

Yes, at least in the beginning is this my focus. The reasons therefore are easy: I want to document my journey. Deliver value. Of course it would be nice to have a beautiful YouTube channel. Perfectly cut. Special effects and all this stuff. I am a person who absolutely loves and values aesthetic. But with being alone just now and building a business it simply can’t be covered just now. I need to evolve my cutting skills etc. and right now I don’t want sacrifice too much time as I have other priorities in getting this company running.

Beautiful YouTube Channel appearance as a goal

Yes, this is the logical consequence to evolve and make it more pretty – over time.

Just now I am happy I managed to throw myself out there – scary enough.

If you are a YouTuber or use Periscope or anything similar please do share your tips and best practices with me as I definitely want to game up.

Here is the video:

 

Build with me – Day 14 as a female founder and full-time entrepreneur

BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 14
BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 14

Being a founder is super exciting. Being able to create your own reality is super fun. Being in charge for your own salary etc. can be tensing. Being a one-man show means a LOT to do. These are just a couple of changes I am currently going through and thoughts I have.

Another questions I ask myself all the time is “Is it OK to take a day off, at the beginning?”. With a day off I mean not working the weekends, not working on Sundays. There are various, different opinions about this topic out there.

Massive action – hustle non stop

Some say as a new entrepreneur you have to set super high goals and smash the shit out of them. Yeah, I can get that. However, I believe this whole “massive action and we are all just working for the next 10 years to then retire” kind of thing is very very big on Instagram. Is this the real world? Is this even something one should want to aspire? I’m not sure. Where is the fun?

Smash it and recharge! Not your baby!

Some other camps say “yes, smash the shit out of your goals but don’t forget your real life”. LIVE! And I guess I am totally on this side. Of course, everyone who has the imagination of becoming ones one boss because they want to work less will probably get disappointed. This is not how it works I guess. You want to work less? Stay or get an office job with option for remote working and become more productive. I guess, this is the easiest way to work less. When you are alone there is a whole lot of work to do – you literally have to do everything. Of course, you can outsource but you still have to do the outsourcing bit and brief virtual assistants etc. on what to do.

Project Management – work it, Girl

This is something that is pretty challenging. Structuring the whole work load. It’s like a massive project that needs to be set up, managed and accomplished.  It’s great to have the opportunity to work this. It is what literally kicks me out of bed in the morning – although I am absolutely not a morning person.

Some advice, please?? 🙂

How do build your business? Have have been built your business? Any tipps? Would love to share some best practice and learn from experienced founders.

Thanks,

Stephanie

Build with me – My second week as a full-time entrepreneur

BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 12
BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 12
BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 13
BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 13

Two weeks in on my entrepreneurial journey as a female founder.

It’s starting to feel a bit more real. A bit more “hell yeah, I’m living my dream”. It’s still scary and I guess it will be scary for a while – but that’s the fun, right!?

I think it’s absolutely on the time to say a massive THANK YOU to everybody who spontaneously joined me on this journey already. I say spontaneously because it’s a couple of people I have “met” randomly. Our ways have crossed by accident. Or destiny.

I am talking about all these loose connections either on LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram who are just suddenly there. Who are a massive support for me and who are great people to walk the talk with.

Since I joined this journey and started blogging nearly a year ago (yeah, it’s MyNutShare’s birthday soon!) I truly believe that you can build doors for opportunity to lock onto!

And there is another, special group I want to mention:

Female Founders

There are not too many of us. And the ones who are there and I was lucky enough to connect with are simply amazing! There is absolutely no bitching or anything. Just massive support and empowerment from every angle. Our goal is to empower and inspire. Glad to be part of this amazing group!

#womeninbusinessrock

Let’s go #girlbosses – we can be whoever we want to be, create whatever we want to create and live the life we want.

Build with me – Day 8 of my first 100 days as a full-time entrepreneur

BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 8
BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 8

Today I couldn’t help but wonder what’s the role of social media in our day to day life? Is this whole sharing economy the new real world? Where is the border? I myself am an absolute passionate user of social media. I often get new Facebook status updates from acquaintances “I will leave Facebook, who wants to stay in touch can get my number”. Where is the fine line? What should we share and shouldn’t?

Social Media private

As already mentioned above – I love social media and I think it’s a great way to stay in touch with your friends. Especially after moving abroad it was super nice to still be “there”. To still see what my friends are up to and to still be a little part of it. It’s also a great way to find new friends, to get informed etc.

However, I absolutely believe there is also a “dark side”. Everything we share will leave a footprint in the internet. As the internet is huge this footprint might vanish but it will never disappear. Compared to other generations we have the opportunity to leave our legacy visible for the whole world. To become limitless through the possibilities social media and www have created and will create. But we have to do this mindful. Bad news spread quicker than ever before. Things that go viral get huge and can create massive movements. Those “shit storms” can have massive consequences for the users and everyone involved’s life.

Social Media in business

I believe social media is essential!

I could finish here as this is all I have to say 😉 jk. We have to use is! Every business person has to be where the customers are. It has always been this way and it will always be this way. Selling has changed. We have become more sensible for selling and marketing. While cold calls have worked and maybe still work fine – we now value time and want to determine when we do things and don’t want to be called at any given time. (However, I still believe cold calling works within in a business setting but will get into this another time …) The same with marketing. We got more sensible. The open rates from cold e-mails have dropped. Everyone is focusing on their phones – even while walking. Therefore print media becomes less and less inefficient. Same for TV advertising. We even know how to avoid adds in Apps etc.

Therefore I believe social media is the most efficient tool for every business when we use it the right way. When we deliver massive value rather than just trying to hard sell our stuff. When we tell our story and build trust and brand awareness. When we be social and human.

When you want to know more about Social Selling – get in touch via stephanie@salestrainerin.com / SalesTrainerIn. Btw. When you are on LinkedIn  you can check your Social Selling Index here. Mine is 84. What’s yours?

Build with me – Day 6 and 7 of my first 100 days as a full-time entrepreneur

BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 6
BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 6
BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 7
BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 7

The first week as a full-time entrepreneur is over .. That was quick. I think after one week in it’s a great time for a first review how it feels to be full responsible to build a successful company.

It feels great! What I love most is the feeling to have a purpose in my doing. To have set myself on a mission. To have set myself goals I want to smash. To make a tiny piece of this world a better place.

It also does feel a bit exhausting. My head simply doesn’t turn off. Whenever I had a “normal” job I could easily switch into weekend mode and just forget about my work stuff from Friday afternoon till Monday morning. Now, I am constantly thinking. I tried not to work on this first weekend as we had friends staying over. But nevertheless, I constantly thought about ways to be more efficient, to plan out my day, to further define my plans…

It’s a good thing tho. And I believe necessary. A slight obsession I guess is needed to make a startup successful. Passion for what you are doing definitely helps to keep motivated and avoid excuses and procrastination.

I mean, there is a fine line from promoting your business, building your brand and going everyones nerves 😉 I try to find this balance and also keep interest in other areas.

Are any new entrepreneurs reading this blog? How do you handle free” weekends? Would love to exchange best practices – please get in touch! 🙂

 

Build with me – Day 2 as a full-time entrepreneur

BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 1
BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 1

This has been day 2 of my journey to become an entrepreneur. I sticked with my tactic to pick my 3 most important things to do, frogs to eat and focus on getting them done. This worked pretty alright. I focused for example on the preparation for my qualification course next week. A lot of reading to do and it got me even more excited to use those tools.

Differences between corporate world and being out there on your own

I have to admit it already does feel super different. And it’s not only easy. Someone like me who has worked in the corporate world for more or less 10 years is definitely used to a different style of working and thinking.

For example working hours – there is of course no one who would dictate me when to work and how many hours to work etc. but it does feel a bit weird to head to the Gym during lunch or any other “unproductive” hour. I am aware that it’s the right thing to do, to make the best use of your own energy level at any given time but it still feels “different”. And even home offices do feel differently than being an entrepreneur.

Another thing is the freedom. As an employee you agree to pre-defined goals and targets. You have regular reviews. Short, you get controlled in one way or another. I have to keep track of myself. Set not only my own targets but also set the targets and mission of a company. I have to keep the bigger picture in mind and am literally my own boss. It does feel good though but it’s really different.

What goes along with the freedom is the kind of responsibility. When working in a corporate environment you are mainly at least 2 people if not more than 500,000 people within the same company. Your desk is pretty specialised. It can be a bit more general – depending on the company size but you never need to pay attention to all areas of the business. When you are self-employed you have to. You might outsource some things but you still have to be aware of potential risks.

Thoughts?!

In general I believe it’s a great challenge to become an entrepreneur and I am more than happy I have accepted this opportunity. Let’s roll.

You can read everything about my first day as on my journey here.

MyNutShare Monday Booster

MyNutShare Monday Motivation
MyNutShare Monday Motivation

It’s about how you react and how you adapt. Things change. Life is not stable. You will have to deal with it and probably things will even feel better after you have thrown yourself into the new situations. This week’s focus: Let’s learn how to handle this one situation we know we should handle but haven’t done it yet. We can do it! Happy Monday everybody!