Handmade Business Episode 008 – Be Open To Learning New Business Skills

🎥Today we are talking about opening ourselves to learning new business skills and not being afraid of doing that… please comment with your thoughts!

Podcast talking points

  • Most businesses fail in the first year, or five years and this is true of craft hobbyists who turn their passion into business too

  • They fail because they don’t understand how to run a business

  • And because they don’t appreciate how much business skills matter

  • Even mature businesses fail when they ignore that they need to develop their business skills

  • To avoid this, we need to learn what we don’t know and adopt a growth mindset

  • Growth mindset is accepting that learning and change must happen to achieve success.

  • My advice is to;

    • Sit down and spend some time looking at the tasks you do each day in your business – are you struggling with aspects of this?

    • Look at your bigger picture, ‘dream goal’ (Not set one? Look at my ‘Guide to goal setting’) – are there knowledge gaps in the mechanics of how you get to your dream goal from where you are today?

Why are business skills so important?

Most of us come to our Craft Businesses with knowledge of our craft and frankly little understanding of how to run a business. This is the biggest stumbling block that our young businesses face before they can reach maturity.

Unfortunately, too often we ignore this hurdle and crash out of the game all too soon… our craftsmanship and artistry never truly being realised in business success.

It is key to pick up the skills you don’t have when you start something new. This is as true of when you start a business and when you develop one.

Of course you know that I run courses and host workshops for Craft Businesses through my Academy and I’m even putting together an online community called the Craft Biz Incubator to go along with my 1-2-1 coaching services, but there are many other options for learning out there.

My advice is to;

  1. Sit down and spend some time looking at the tasks you do each day in your business – are you struggling with aspects of this?

  2. Look at your bigger picture, ‘dream goal’ – are there knowledge gaps in the mechanics of how you get to your dream goal from where you are today?

If the answer is yes and believe me it’s always yes, regardless of how many years you have been in business, then you need to go out there and find yourself some help, whether it’s a course, a book, group mentoring, or 1-2-1 coaching.

So, do you still have knowledge gaps Sara?

Yes of course, that’s why I have taken on a mentor recently for one part of My Indie Life Blog… to upgrade my skills and help me get to the next level with expertise in my arsenal.

Why are you so open about your knowledge gaps Sara?

I believe that to grow we need to be ‘open’ to change and this is how we can truly succeed in business and in life… accepting that not everything stays the same or will be as you imagine it to be. Part of successful change is learning to be open to the ‘idea of change’ in the first place… thus adopting a Growth Mindset.

There’s a whole science behind this, but growth in achievement has been linked to the open nature of our environment… in other words the more encouragement we get for learning, the more we feel rewarded by the learning process and the more we achieve in taking that new knowledge in. Resulting in personal developmental growth. The same is true in business. If we open ourselves to skill development and we encourage ourselves to adopt this growth mindset, then teh more successful we will become at each of these business aspects that were eluding us.

If you want to read more on this subject, here’s an article about Dr. Carol Dweck’s findings on the subject when conducting research with child learning development.

 

So, ask yourself – What do I need to learn today that can help me mould my tomorrow?


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