5 Lessons I Learned My 5 Years In Business

12:19 PM Keenya Kelly 0 Comments

It's been an amazing 5 years in business, some good, some bad, but more importantly the lessons I've learned along the way. You see, I've always known I would be a business owner and would be able to earn a significant amount of income from my labor, but I'll be honest with you, I had no idea what the process was going to be like... and I've had plenty of surprises along the way.

Keenya Kelly LLC and Return of the Curls is celebrating 5 years in business and we want to share with you 5 Lessons I Learned My 5 Years In Business.

1. You will work 12 - 14 hour days on a regular basis
Traditional corporate jobs start at 8am and end at 5pm with a one hour lunch break, but as an entrepreneur, you're not only lucky to have a bathroom break let alone a break for lunch.
So many days I wake up at 6am and don't get to sleep until after 1am in an effort to keep up with the demands of my business, but I'm reminded, at times if it is to be, its up to me.

2. You may make illegal mistakes
Praise God for grace because my first year in business, I was almost sued for $25,000. My mind told me that if the information was on the Internet, that it was free for me to use, until I received my first cease and desist letter.

From that point on, I was determined to write everything myself and in the end, have my personal attorney take a look at it for me.

3. A great deal of your support may come from strangers and not from your friends and family
This was by far the hardest thing I've had to deal with since being in business. My thought was that the people around me would understand the courage that it takes to step out in faith, leave your high paying corporate job for the unknown world of entrepreneurism, but I was incorrect.

The last 5 years I have come to understand that sometimes people don't support you because:
  A. They don't understand what it is that you do
  B. They could care less about what you do
  C. Some are jealous of you.

I try not to focus on either, because at the end of the day only two people care about my bills: Me and the people that I owe.

4. You're going to cry a lot
As funny as this sounds, its the truth. You are going to set goals and not hit them, you are going to have everything planned down to the T and everything go wrong. You are going to receive bad reviews from people you thought you over-delivered for and its going to make you want to quit. But truth be told, if you just give yourself a few days a a few good cries, you'll be OK.

5. You'll need to create automated systems
My first 5 years in business I had ZERO systems. I sent every email, trained each employee and everything else you could think of that  was needed to own and operate my business. I had 5000 email addresses in an excel spreadsheet, and wrote every single email for 7 months for 5 YEARS!

Every time someone was hired for our show I trained them in the job they were doing, our brand style and most times, we had to go through 2-3 people per show.

But this year, I finally realized I could record all of my trainings, and develop systems that will teach THEM in my absence.

All in all, its been an amazing 5 years in business and I'm so grateful for everything I've learned. My prayer for you as a business owner or future business owner HIRE A COACH!!!

Someone that has PROVEN business success and has proven automated business systems. I interviewed a ton of people before I hired my coaches so by the time I found them, I knew exactly what I wanted and didn't want.