Friday, January 27, 2017

Don't Let Anyone Dictate How Your Starting Point Looks

Protect your beginning.

Some people have a beautiful start. They come up with an amazing idea for an entrepreneurial career or side hustle and then they have the money to pay people for the areas they don't want to tackle themselves. That could be having assistants for to help them push out the work. It could be paying for graphic designers to make their website look great. For someone like me, it would be paying a graphic designer to do a book cover. There are also people who want to write a book, but don't think they are good at the writing part so they hire a ghost writer. Then they realize they need reviews to attract customers, so they pay for people to provide nice words to the public. They spend a whole lot of money, but it's okay because they want the most beautiful start they can have for their business.

Then there are the people who start from wherever they are at the moment. For instance, when I started writing on this blog it looked nothing like this. There was no biography, no page with a little of my creative writing, and no real design. It was a pain blog and I just started writing my thoughts out. I had no idea what my plans were for this space, but I knew it was important to start utilizing it right away.

It was also the same with my first book. I had content and needed a book cover. I asked around, but eventually decided it was best that I utilized a photo from my private collection. I didn't have the money to spend and wasn't really impressed with what I was being offered. Well, I decided I could do it all without spending money I didn't have. I wrote the whole book, came up with a cover photo, and decided to do the advertising myself. The tricky part about advertising is you can pay others to advertise for you, but that doesn't mean you'll get a return on investment.

Your start may look like mines. You may have less money than me and you're doing it all yourself. Because of your efforts, not everything is coming out perfect right away.

You may also have people attacking your start. I see it all the time. I've seen posts about how annoying it is when people use their Facebook pages to advertise products. I've seen the posts about how graphic designers feel people shouldn't attempt to design by themselves. I also received the messages with price quotes that I never asked for. I also recently received a messaged saying that I didn't have enough actual followers to actually get eyes on my products.

After receiving so much unwanted advice and seeing the negative things people with credibility say, your mood can change. That's why I'm here to warn you. Don't worry about them. None of these people care what you have to offer to the world. They are just trying to get paid. Whatever goal you have, make it a reality and do it with whatever you have at the moment. You don't have to be fancy. You just have to have a talent to start.

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