I can't believe we're into April and that I’m now into month four of The Lifestyle Lab. As well as everything is going with the business so far, I've learned the hard way about several things NOT to do when launching a business that I thought I'd share with you.
1. Don’t plan on running a marathon
Sounds pretty obvious, right? Well, this is actually the reason I thought about doing this post in the first place as today (at the time of writing), Sunday 3rd of April, I am meant to be in Paris running my first ever marathon... But that didn’t quite happen! In fairness, I actually secured my place and started my training for the Marathon de Paris way back in September last year, two months before deciding to launch a new business. At that time, I was working from home a lot of the time so it was relatively easy for me to go for out for a run in the morning or even at lunch time. Then I got the keys to my office and, all of a sudden, had a to-do list approximately 26 miles long and the marathon training went right out the window! I still hope to do a marathon before the year is out though...
2. Don’t read glossy magazines.
Fashion magazines are a pretty depressing place to spend thirty minutes if you have the propensity to fall in love with a pair of Aquazurra heels the way that I do. Instead of buying shoes, I now buy couches, lights, paint, flasks for tea and coffee, domain names and 'Wordpress For Dummies' books. Sadly, my weekly Zara impulse buys have been quashed. As Carrie Bradshaw said, “I’ve been cheating on fashion with furniture!”
3. Don’t try and take up a new hobby.
I’ve always wanted to learn to play golf and I went on a six week beginners course at Great Western Golf last year and have been planning on moving on to the improvers course ever since. Unfortunately, trying to commit to set days/times every week is pretty much impossible just now. Until I get into a bit more of a routine, it looks like my golf lessons will be on the back-burner... at least the fairways will be much safer!
4. Don’t plan fun things to do at the weekend.
As I mentioned in a previous post here, unless you’re really strict with yourself it can be difficult to fit in any kind of a social life in the early days of launching a business. Even if you're not working or replying to emails or checking your social media channels or writing a to-do list, the chances are you'll be too exhausted to do anything exciting anyway.
5. Don’t underestimate how supportive people will be.
Although you might have to kiss goodbye to a social life and a shopping addiction for a few months (hopefully not much longer), I promise you that it really is worth it. I've been lucky to have had amazing support from so many people I know and also so many people that I don't know in real life but only in the magical land of social media. I've realised how many other girls are out there in Glasgow (and beyond) also trying to build a business, build a brand and build a life they love by themselves that doesn't necessarily involve working 37.5 hours a week for someone else. Since I've started blogging about the reality of starting a business on my own, I've absolutely LOVED hearing from other girls who absolutely 'get' everything I'm going though, it's makes me feel much more sane so thanks to everyone who has commented or sent me a message saying "I hear ya, sista!' . I've been chatting to the amazing Julia Macmillan (click on her name to have a read at her amazing blog btw) and we're really keen to start some kind of network/regular hangout for some fellow kick-ass business women. Luckily, I happen to know of a pretty cool venue we could use... If you're up for being a part of it, leave me a comment and I'll let you know as soon as we have sorted the logistics of it. In the meantime, I'll dedicate this cheery little tune to you gals!