I've been in business for myself now for the better part of 7 years. In that time I have gone from running business full time, to part time and back again. Along the way I've learned a few things and I know I'll always have more to learn along the way, but here are a few random business lessons I've learned and stick to on a day to day basis (in no sort of order either):
- no contract means anything unless it's signed and even then, it still has potential to be closed at a moments notice. I believe in a hand shake, not everyone does, but when you and I shake, I'm giving you my word and promise.
- network with people that aren't in the same field as you. If all you do is network with people in the same field as you, people won't know or want to work with you.
- when you start out, do and try anything in your field. Don't worry about for how much, when or why, but try it. From there fine tune your business to what you're best at.
- don't have all your eggs in one basket. An old adage but so true. If you're letting one client carry 50% or more of your business, you're going to be screwed. Diversify yourself and don't make a client your boss. You're the boss, boss!
- become an expert in something. Be the best person at some particular task so that people know how amazing you are at it.
- read everything. Don't focus just on the field or area you're interested in. There are lessons to be learned from multiple sources. Don't miss out on something because it's not your flavour or style. Get educated from pop culture, A grade and D grade movies, books, articles, blogs, tweets, etc.
More to come.
Matthew A. Hawkins