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Top 5 Lessons I Learned In My 2nd Year of Business

by Ashley on January 3, 2014 · 4 comments

This post is part of the Laser Launch blog party, a collection of stories from online celebrities about their second year experiences. 

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It was April 2012 when I first launched Your Super Awesome Life. So, with the new year here, this is officially my 2nd year on this magical journey into coaching.

There have been highs and lows, twists and turns, and buckets full of lessons learned.
My second year was when I put on my big girl pants, registered as an L.L.C. and set up a business bank account. Hooray!
It was the year I began feeling confident in my services and began standing strong in what I have to offer.
It was the year I found my balance and my vision came into focus.
With this new clarity, I was able to see where I was headed and exactly what information I wanted to share.But most of all, it was the year I learned what it means to face your fears and act out of courage.
I could write pages about the obstacles I moved through and the lessons I learned, but here is a quick summary of my top five.

Top 5 lessons I Learned In My 2nd Year of Business

1. Have a plan 

Setting goals and having a plan will boost your confidence and leave you feeling organized and prepared for your second year. Where is your business headed? What are your goals for this year? Are you going to raise your rates? Expand your audience? Launch new programs? You’re beginning to feel a bit more steady, so hone in on that feeling and map out where you’d like to be within the next 12 months.

2. Trust the change

Yes, you need to have a plan, but you must also know that your second year is going to be full of change. And that’s okay. Be flexible. Try new things. Be creative. Let it go. Clear out the clutter and open up space for the new. Your second year will be one of transition and transformation, but that can’t happen without trusting the change.

3. Make connections

This is the time to build your community, both within your business and with your fellow business owners. For me, this looked like beginning my first collaboration project and connecting with other entrepreneurs through my Inspirational Interview series on my blog.  How can you connect with others?

4. Keep learning

It’s so easy to fall into your normal routine of work, play, eat, sleep, repeat, but you can’t forget that your mind is a muscle and you have to continue to train it. Read books. Experiment with new styles of writing. Work with a coach one-on-one. Join a mastermind group. Challenge yourself and don’t forget to keep learning.

5. Stretch yourself

What can you do today that will get your closer to your big vision? How will you grow? If it scares you a little bit, do it anyway. We can’t create the business of our dreams if we aren’t growing, and we can’t grow if we’re not stretching outside of our comfort zone.

Bonus Lesson:

Act as if you already have the business you desire. Simple, yet life-changing.

Now it’s your turn!

 What important lessons have you learned in the past two years?

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Olya January 3, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Congratulations on being in business for almost 2 years now!
Thank you for sharing your lessons.
For me.. it would be also “having an open mind”
Thanks again


Jessica January 10, 2014 at 7:54 am

Thanks for sharing your 2nd year insights, Ashley! Really love these no-nonsense points. It’s also a great idea to act as though you already run and operate the business you desire. I’m all for the placebo effect! Wishing you all the success 2014 (the Year of the Horse, did you know?!) can possibly bring!


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