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The One Thing You’ll Wish Someone Had Told You Before You Started A Business

Michelle Dale - Friday, February 10, 2012
Starting a business is both exciting and “nerve-wracking.” I never regret my decision to do it and I have often thought that had I not, my life could have turned out very differently – in a word, not as brilliantly.

But what nobody really ever mentions to you is the amount of time that business consumes in your life, and I am not just talking about the bit where you’re sitting at your desk or wherever you are working. My business is pretty much present most of the time, and whilst it doesn’t really bother me, the whole unwinding, switching off, not thinking about it, just doesn’t seem to ever happen! I am finding that it’s a struggle to not have a part of my brain engaged at every moment, not thinking about the business in some way…

Mission Impossible - Meditating


#1 – Dinner conversations we’re discussing the business, what happened that day, new clients I started working with etc… I guess the usual end of day conversations.

But, even years later it still extends out into…

#2 – At night I am laying there thinking of a project or a blog post I want to write, jumping up and grabbing a pen or my iPad to get them out before I lose them (I have lost so many good ideas in bed).

#3 – In the car when I go out, I’m chatting to my husband about the business, something going on in it, or simply driving around thinking about things I want to work on.

#4 – When I go out with my kids, I’ll often take the iPad, or a notepad so I can write down ideas that pop into my head randomly about the business.

#5 – Ideas will suddenly form on things I can do to improve, create, perfect, streamline, master, add-on — you name it, it’s generally on my mind.

My entire brain is like a think-tank for my business, and most of the time even laying there listening to music, I am, in some way or another thinking about my business, my clients’ business, my projects and if not, I am thinking about my family and how my business impacts them, and our lives together. I would be totally rubbish at meditating…

Today’s Nugget Of Wisdom

So, it’s a bit like when sometimes someone tells you when you’re a kid, “make the most of those years, they are the best years of your life” or when you have someone who has kids tell you before you have kids, “life will never be the same”…. Here is my piece of wisdom…

If you are considering starting a business, and it’s something you’re passionate about, and want to develop and grow, and not treat it as just a way to earn an income – then be prepared to pretty much go at it 24 hours a day (unless you’re watching a good programme on TV, are asleep, totally engaged in another activity, or being hypnotised) you’ll likely, in some way or another, have your mind on your business in some form.

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Hi I'm Michelle, an entrepreneur specialising in virtual assistance, a digital and real world nomad, and a down-to-earth mother of three.

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