Guest Blog: how to run your own successful small business.

The day I thought of starting up my own business was one of the scariest days of my life. I didn’t want to set myself up to fail, or to embarrass myself. I don’t have a degree in business, I don’t have any formal business training, and heck I didn’t even graduate High School. How the heck could I possibly run my own business and make it successful?

On the other hand I knew I had a mission that was very clear, I knew what I wanted to achieve, and I knew what I had personally endured. It was a very easy decision to give it a try, and the rewards far outweighed the risk for me.

Like Todd said in a recent blog posting:

“The competency satisfier should be one of the easier satisfiers to accomplish or match properly between the role, function or job and yourself. The problem is generally with our own self-assessment as to what we are competent or skilled at. We either devalue ourselves or accept task that are not challenging or accept roles that are not a proper match with our abilities. We do that because some other motivator or driver gets in the way like “money” or “stress from being unemployed” or being asked to “fill a seat” in volunteer a role that doesn’t match our talents”. The way to overcome this potential pitfall is to complete the self-assessment. It is quite simple. The exercise is completed through three questions: (1) Do I have the ability to perform the task? (2) will I experience growth and challenge form the task? and (3) Am I passionate about the work? If you answered “yes” to all three, the chances are pretty good that your competency satisfier are being met.” –Todd Millar

1.) Do I have the ability to perform the task?

~Absolutely! I know what it’s like to be the customer for my business. I know what it’s like to be part of a business (My parents have always been business owners) and I knew that I was competent to do the job or at least figure it out along the way and grow. I have always believed that I can learn to do anything, and If there is something that comes along that I cannot learn or do myself, there are always lots of people willing to help as they to believe in me and my mission.

2.) Will I experience growth and challenge from the task?

~Absolutely! I have struggled with my hair loss since it started at 9 years old. For me this opportunity would be one of personal growth and would be the most challenging thing I have ever faced. I would have to put myself ‘out there’ to the world, and un-cover the most protected and vulnerable part of myself. My business foundation would be built upon my own experiences and insecurities and no matter what happened, I could only go up from where I was. My passion along with this is a force to be reckoned with. No matter what challenges I face in the business world, it would never be more than what I faced as a child and the challenges I endured growing up. My own personal growth over the last 2 years has been amazing. I have become more confident in myself, I have become more confident in my business decisions and I have become more confident in my mission. This has really helped in the overall growth of Confident Curls.

3.) Am I passionate about my work?

~Absolutely! My work is my life, Literally. I have struggled my entire life with my hair loss. I want to help other women and children who are going through what I know all too well. I want to change the way people think about women’s hair loss and wigs. I live my business every day, I see my business every morning in the mirror, and every night before I go to bed. It’s who I am as a person, and it burns so deep in me I am that I am not afraid to fail. My Passion is what drives my business to do better and it drives me to become a better person.

Vanessa McWilliams

Confident Curls

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