Just Do It…Invest In Yourself!

by Julie Barnes

People often say their biggest financial investment is in their home, but if you’re an entrepreneur…your biggest investment should be in yourself! Especially, since no one  else is responsible for your success but you! No matter what your budget is…big or small…there are ways for you to grow as a person and in business.  

Here a just a few ways…

Peruse the bookstore – Books are one of the least expensive ways to learn something new or to get some quick inspiration. If your budget doesn’t allow for a trip to the bookstore, then check out your local library. The library is a great place to work too. And no noisy coffee grinders.

Take a class - In the digital age, there are many ways to take a class. So even if your schedule is packed full, you can take online classes without even leaving your house. And… if you learn a new skill, you now have a new service you can offer your clients.

Learn how to give a presentation – Does the thought of speaking in front of a crowd make you break out in a cold sweat? Then kick your fear by learning public speaking. Look for a local Toastmasters group. Once you can give a great presentation…you have another way to market your business.

Meeting of the minds - Sometimes just adding an accountability factor is all you need to start growing as a person and in business.  It can get pretty comfortable staying in the that warm, fuzzy box. You know all of the big ideas that come and go because they make you uncomfortable. But…if you tell someone that you’re going to do something, then you pretty much have to follow through, even if it scares you. Another great thing about masterminds is that you can learn from other entrepreneurs. 

Plan a road trip – Yes, even a vacation is an investment in you. Sometimes, you work so hard getting and keeping the business going that you just hit the wall. Your brain is fried and you’re just flat tired. Sometimes, just taking a day or a week off is all you need it light that fire again.

How are you going to invest in yourself?

Julie Barnes is a Resume Writer helping to put America back to work one resume at a time.  Featured in print and in online media, Julie also writes about business and entrepreneurship. Her newest book “How They Did It…36 Entrepreneurs Tell How They Launched the Business of Their Dreams” is available here. Visit her website at http://www.onewhowrites.com/. Follow Julie on Twitter at www.twitter.com/juliebarnesusa.

Julie Barnes is a regular contributor to the Secrets of Success blog. 


Zsa Zsa said...

Great suggestions. If I may add one more -- find a mentor! Many businesswomen we know have or are looking for one and mentors can really help guide you to become the best you can be! :)

Deb Bailey said...

Hi ZsaZsa,
That's a terrific addition (I'm sure Julie will agree). It's so much easier to have a mentor instead of trying to figure it all out on your own.
Thanks for your comments!

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