It is not easy to get more business confidence. You may never be 100% confident. I don't think I am. But confidence is essential to business growth.
Many entrepreneurs and small business owners struggle with low self-confidence, especially when they're first starting. Low confidence can destroy your dreams and hold you back from the success you crave.
Starting a business, or going at it alone, can be terrifying. Sure, you might be brimming with ideas, but will they work? Are they good ideas?
Do you have the guts?
What if no one buys my products?
These are all questions I had when I first started. I know I'm not the only one.
Because low confidence doesn't just affect how you feel, people can tell. You don't need to feel confident 100% of the time. But you need to show the world that you are.
Three things that may show that you need more business confidence
Your income level is "stuck".
You're not making as much as you want to and you're not sure why. Many money issues often come back to a lack of confidence.
It might be that you're not asking your clients to pay what you're worth or it might be that you won't launch higher-ticket products for fear no one will purchase them.
Developing your confidence is one way to boost your income.
As your confidence increases, customers and clients will be even more attracted to your business. This can create a cycle of increasing confidence, along with growing income.
You accept bad clients.
Clients know when your confidence is low. While most of them won't take advantage of this, some will. These clients will be demanding and may try to haggle with you over price or convince you to do extra work for them.
When you're first starting, it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking any client is a good client.
You might think the hassle is worth it because you "need experience". I've been in this position, too.
Don't give in to the pressure from bad clients.
As your confidence grows, start looking for clients that will see you for the skilled professional you are.
You play small.
When you lack confidence, you don't let yourself shine. Then you end up missing out on opportunities that you wanted to take.
For example, appearing as a guest on a podcast or participating in a joint venture with a business owner you admire.
Playing small may feel safer, but it can severely limit the growth of your business.
Try challenging yourself to take one little risk each week. As time goes by, you'll find it gets easier to own your awesomeness.
The good news is that low confidence doesn't have to mean the end of your business.
Learning about mindset and working to improve yours can help you develop more business confidence to build a successful business.
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