learning from the mistakes we make


Howdy, guys, hope you didn’t miss me too much. The thing is this; things have been quite hectic around the house lately, I even nearly burned my fingers off in the kitchen, figuratively speaking. I bit off quite a bit more than I could chew and it was a time that people, my husband, tenants, potential business partners and clients in general all just seemed to be letting me down big time. But sitting here lamenting on my business and financial downfalls and blaming it on others is not the way to go if you want to go forward in your work from home business.

I can tell you right now that I can be quite mad at times. In fact, I’ve been paid the compliment many times by others that I am quite an eccentric mother of three boys and one child-like husband. If I get sad, angry or depressed when things don’t go my way, it only takes a few moments for the bad vibes to wear off. If things are pretty bad, I’ll sleep it off for a few hours and then pull myself back together again and get cracking with my work again.

When things get too hot in the kitchen

Those of you who still have dreams of starting up your own work from home catering business and have yet to put a step forward had better watch out. How long ago was it that I penned my first post for you guys? And you still haven’t moved forward? Granted, you need nerves of steel and a thick skin for this line of work.

Leadership qualities

I told you at the beginning of this post that I’d been having a rotten time of it lately. But no, I haven’t blamed others for my short-term downfall. And when things do go wrong, I don’t moan and groan and blame others for me being wrong-footed, I accept full responsibility for mini-disasters, even if these weren’t really my fault to begin with. That, fellow entrepreneurs, is characteristic of being a leader.

Learning from the greats

One of the most inspiring entrepreneurs that I have ever listened to or read about is the British billionaire Richard Branson. There are others too but listen to this from the man who has said and done it all before. If his plan A didn’t work, he pulled himself together and moved straight on to plan B. One of my favorite sayings from this entrepreneurial master is this. He always said that you should be prepared to make mistakes in your business. That, he believed, was the best way to learn how to run your business and move forward towards more ambitious plans or projects.

The can do attitude and the contingency plan

So, as you can tell from the above, Richard Branson had a can-do attitude since the day he started working for himself. I’ve got that too, how else do you think I survive. One thing I’m still learning to master for myself, and you should as well, is having a back-up plan for when things don’t really go according to plan and especially when it’s going to impact on your small budget bottom line.