Every business has a beginning. The first project. The first client. The first day. The first...everything. All your education, training, investment, time and passion come together at this critical place and time. Are you prepared for what you'll encounter as your business begins?
Your initial excitement at finally getting your enterprise in motion should be unbridled - but is it? New entrepreneurs are often fraught with as much worry as excitement. Your anticipation could be diminished if you find yourself dwelling on the fact that, as a new business, you are less experienced than others in your field. Focusing upon what you don't have to offer will leave you feeling at a disadvantage, rather than inspired and motivated about your professional endeavors.
Like so many things - in life and in business - conquering a perceived shortcoming comes down to the attitude with which you approach it. In this case, consider that while new professionals may lack experience, it's only one element of many that combine to make a well-rounded, competent professional. So instead of lamenting your "newbie" status, let's cut it down to size and focus on what new professionals do bring to the table.
Lack of experience really only means two things:
- You haven't encountered a lot of opportunities to ply your trade, which can make things like estimating costs or billable hours and handling unforeseen situations challenging.
- You haven't accumulated a comprehensive list of satisfied customers who can provide referrals and reviews of your work, which makes growing your network challenging.
Let's explore what newbies offer that could be considered your edge against the competition.
New professionals offer:
The latest and the greatest - As you embark on your new business venture, it's likely that you're freshly trained and educated in the latest information and techniques your field has to offer. While those with experience can go in for a "tune up and tire rotation" you're the new model, fresh off the showroom floor.
Passion and enthusiasm - New professionals may not have experience under their belts but they have newbie passion. Don't downplay or underestimate its power! You only have it when you're a new professional, so leverage it to the fullest while it applies to you. Newbie passion looks like this:
- You'll go the extra mile - just because.
- You're not jaded or resting on your laurels.
- You consider every client to be a feather in your cap - a precious opportunity to strut your stuff for the first time.
As a newbie, you're anxious to show the world what you've got - this is the time to make your first good impressions that will become the foundation of your entire career.
A fresh perspective - As a newbie, you have a whole new attitude to bring to your work. You'll approach tasks and projects from a fresh point of view - one that's yours alone. Instead of allowing your lack of experience to make you feel unprepared to meet the demands of your profession, consider it an opportunity to hone your craft in your own way. The newbie phase of your career will help you define your unique, professional style that will continue to set you apart from the rest of the pack.
While your business will have many projects, clients, days and everythings, it will only ever have one beginning. There's no shame in being a new professional - every business has undergone its own brand of growing pains upon its journey toward success. The key is to recognize the new professional status as the tremendously powerful and vital stage in the life of a business that it is. Embrace your newbie status for that brief shining moment that it applies to your business and you'll be rewarded with a strong foundation for professional growth.
How do you leverage your "newbie" status?