Starting my own business making a natural product from our homestead had been a dream of mine for a long time, but I never thought that it would happen so soon. I can’t believe that Eden Valley Goat Milk Soaps is already 1 year old! Now, as I look back over this past year of business, I realize that I’ve learned so much from this whole experience. Nothing teaches you more about business than starting your own business!
Here are the top three things that I’ve learned from starting Eden Valley Goat Milk Soaps:
- Seek Advice. Whether it’s attending a workshop, talking to a fellow entrepreneur, studying advertisements, or discussing ideas with my trusted business adviser (a.k.a. My dad =D), I have found that I learn so much and gain most of my inspiration and ideas from listening to others. My ears perk up when any-business-related topic comes up. I am so much more attentive and appreciative to other small, local businesses and enjoy hearing what marketing & management methods they’ve found to be effective. I am interested in listening to consumers talk about they find appealing to them in products. In starting my own business, I’ve found that opportunities to learn are everywhere when I am looking for them.
- Marketing & Customer Relationships. I’ve learned that having a business is not just about having a good product, it’s about having good customers. The greatest thing about starting this business is all the connections I’ve made with my customers. I love hearing from people who are enjoying the soaps and finding them to beneficial for their skin. This takes marketing – building a website, engaging on social media, offering beneficial information in conversations in person & online, having attractive displays, etc. All these things are SO important in building good relationships with customers. In starting this business, I’ve learned that customers are my greatest assets! (This calls for a huge THANK YOU TO ALL MY WONDERFUL CUSTOMERS!!!)
- Time Management. Running my own business means scheduling & managing my own time. I love the flexibility that this gives me. However, I am learning that the more time I am able to put into the business, the more productive the business is. Having short-term and long-term goals that I am constantly working towards, making a schedule and sticking to it, and staying current in my marketing & customer service are the biggest steps that I can make towards progress. In one year of business, I have learned that time is my greatest investment.
So, there you have it, folks: the top three things I’ve learned from being in business. If you ever have considered starting your own business, I would say go for it! It takes a lot of time and work, but the lessons you gain through it are worth it!
A side note: REMEMBER TO ENTER OUR 1 YEAR GIVEAWAY!! You have one week left to enter to win 7 bars of soap! Don’t miss it :).