I find that many people are doing side jobs for extra money lately…lots are turning that photography hobby into a side business, mowing lawns, looking at my company or other network marketing opportunities like Mary Kay, Avon, health pills, and the like.
Here are some of what I think are excellent traits and will help lead people towards successful self-employment.
- Be willing to TELL SOMEONE about what you’re doing. Period. If you struggle to ask someone to help spread the word, ask their cousin to think of you for their wedding photographer, etc. then how can your friends and family know you’ve got a new side business and that you’re serious about it?
- Get used to hearing “no thanks”,”not interested” or “that will never work” You will hear no more than once. Thank them and move on.
- Dress professionally when on the job or looking for new business
- Learn how to speak more effectively without the “ums and uhs“. Talk to your cat. Give a pretend presentation to the mirror. WHATEVER IT TAKES to get comfortable with your new side business, DO IT.
- Realize success will not happen overnight. It probably will not happen for the first 4-5 months. BUT STICK WITH IT.
- To be successful, you must be proud of what you do and promote it with excitement.
- Be creative. Start a blog. Join a local community service group
- Talk with people in the community. Everyone knows SOMEONE who can use your services. Consider the budding photographer example…everyone knows SOMEONE who is getting married, graduating, needs family portraits, etc. JUST ASK.