Where has 2015 gone? It feels like just a few weeks ago we were clinking champagne for New Year's Eve and publicly announcing (read: sharing on social media) our totally official decision to go into business together.
Some things I feel like we picked up quickly when it came to getting our business going. We have been SO fortunate to have truly dreamy clients who just get us. There isn't anything we've created so far I don't take pride in.
And some other things felt like an eternity to get going. Like getting ourselves a real life, adult-girl-boss business account. Confession: We finally achieved this amazing feat just 2 weeks ago. #realtalk
One day when we were having some #girlboss conversations, we brought up future goals that we haven't even scratched the surface of yet, all the things we were so proud of ourselves for and all the things we want to speak about in person when I finally see her again in September. And then, Kristin sent the totally lady boss comment that summed up our first months in business and, as usual, reminded me why she is my business soulmate.
"This year is all about the doing."
Our business experience so far has been a game of trial and error. And it's been kind of awesome. It's like breaking in a new pair of shoes. Every step we've taken – no matter how small – has started to shaping the soles. You can't do much else but just keep wearing them, until one day they become comfortable without you even really noticing.
Although our trial and error is ongoing, so far we have 5 takeaways to share from our first months.
1. It never hurts to ask.
Don't be afraid to reach out to clients you don't think you'll be able to get. Ask questions to people you don’t think you’ll get answers from. The response will surprise you.
2. Distance doesn't matter.
I'm in Dallas, Kristin is in STL, and almost all of our clients are spread across the country. We haven't had a problem yet. #godblesstechnology
3. Going the extra mile is worth it.
People will always remember this. Whether it's to your clients or among your peers, giving more than is expected will pay back in time.
4. It's okay to take it slow.
It's easy to feel like there are so many things you "should" be doing right away. And even more difficult sometimes is feeling like there is so much you WANT to do right away. It's more than okay to take your time in getting there.
5. You don't have to take on every project.
If the project doesn't excite you, don't do it. It won't be the last project you are offered to do and it isn't worth spending you energy on projects you aren't proud of.