“So, what do you do?” It’s a common question that can bring up a mix of responses. To some, it’s an opportunity to triumphantly proclaim success loud enough to shake the snow off the mountains. To others, the question is a prying act of interrogation producing cowered heads and sweaty palms. If you’re the latter, we at Bloguettes have the remedy you need for your tired soul. We’re digging deep and telling you things you need to stop doing in order to be taken seriously as an online business owner.
Stop Downplaying Yourself
Take yourself and your business seriously. This is critical. If you don’t take yourself seriously, who will? When people ask what your profession is, speak with confidence. Don’t waver, don’t drop eye contact, and don’t sheepishly mumble, “Um, well…I’m just doing this thing…” Be proud of what you do! When you take pride in and are passionate about what you do, people will feed off your energy. Address your profession with confidence and show people this is something you love. Not only will this help others see your job as pertinent, it will ultimately help you to see more worth in your company and yourself as a business owner.
When you take pride in and are passionate about what you do, people will feed off your energy.
Stop Believing Your Product Isn’t Good Enough
Whatever you do, do it well. Of course, there are going to be other people who blog the same topics and produce similar items as you, but that shouldn’t dishearten you. Stop comparing and criticizing yourself and focus solely on creating quality material. Although quantity is important, quality is often viewed with higher respect. Find the balance and create products that represent you in the best way possible. Whether you’re writing your heart out on a blog, teaching people how to make mouthwatering recipes, or cultivating the community with your small business, create something you’re proud of.
Stop Thinking You Know It All
In order to be taken seriously as an online business owner, you have to be willing to make a sincere effort yourself. Be invested in what you do and constantly be looking for ways to expand. If you’re an experienced blogger or business owner, don’t think you know all the tricks of the trade. If you’re a beginner, don’t think nobody will be willing to help you. Find people who inspire you creatively and professionally. Whether it’s someone in your friend circle, another blogger, or the business owner of your favorite coffee shop downtown, network and build connections. Ask questions, seek advice, and discover new ways to advance your brand. When things get rocky, surround yourself with people who believe in your vision. When you’re down on yourself, having someone to remind you of your passion and why you started this in the first place is the best form of comfort and support.
Don't think no one will be willing to help & don't think you know all the tricks in the book.
We realize these may not be ground-breaking tips, but sometimes, we lose our way. We’re scraping by on low confidence or are slowly trudging through a business rough patch. Whatever it is, we’ve lost sight of the path and need a supportive reminder to get back on our way. Always be proud of who you are and what you do! Because you—you intelligent, creative, funny, unique person you—are amazing. We at Bloguettes love you. Love yourself too.