I may step on some toes with this blog post so I’m going to apologize in advance and say, it is not my intention to attack or negatively represent anyone else’s business. We are all out there trying to build, grow and make money and I respect that! With that being said, this blog post is dedicated to those who are encouraging us new business owners to “take a step out” and “invest” in ourselves and our business. I have a couple of things that we aspiring and/or brand new entrepreneurs need for you to know.
- That “investment” you’re asking for may require me to ignore or flat out neglect some of my major bills! Sometimes I think you may not realize that my financial situation right now does not allow me to afford your $1000, $2000 a month fee at the moment! I realize I may need you for my coach, mentor, or whatever, and I don’t want you to compromise on your fees for me! But let’s be honest, money is not my strength right now and I am trying really really hard to figure out how to afford you, please don’t judge me if I can’t do it!
- Do you realize that there is such thing as business shaming? It feels personal! And it has nothing to do with me! I know, but sometimes I feel alienated, as if maybe I shouldn’t have tried this or maybe I wasn’t equipped to do this. I applaud those seasoned business owners, coaches and mentors who are real and admit, “hey I had no clue what to do,” “I was broke and I made these lifestyle changes,” “I didn’t know where to go next.” You have no idea how your transparency helps us, motivates us, gives us hope! Thank you to those of you who do this!.
- I don’t always want to compromise my value in my business either, so I get that you are not obligated to help someone, but the biggest boost I received in starting my business was when someone in business, seasoned were willing to pour into me and help me find direction in my business, some I paid, some I didn’t. So I guess what I’m saying is give us a break every once in a while, I promise you when my revenue comes in, I WILL invest. I will because there are people I’ve come in contact with that I know for a fact I am to be connected with, but I don’t want to be made to feel less because I can’t right now! I don’t want the picture painted in my case that because I’m not “investing” I’m not serious about my business. No. I’m not “investing” or “taking a chance” or “taking that next step” because I still have bills due. Also, let me say this, you can’t tell me that every business owner in the world started their business off in a secure financial situation. Many had to build, many had nothing and built something. SO don’t belittle me in trying to grow my business with what I have!
Is this fair?! You all know me, this is just one person’s transparent opinion, based off my experiences and I want our insight! This is something I am willing to dialogue about. Please post your comments below and let me know what you think.
Like I said, in no way, shape or form am I saying Don’t invest in yourself, all I’m saying is please don’t shame me for not being able to invest right now, if I had it, doggone it!
Stay tuned for my next blog where I share my feelings about the other side of this discussion. There are some reasons why you should at least invest in yourself in order to move forward in business. I will talk about my experiences and what I did!