How To Feel Like You’re Succeeding In Business When You’re Just Starting Out

When you're starting out it's important to get a few business wins under your belt because it's this feeling that will motivate you. This is how you can feel like you're succeeding in business right from the start, and keep that motivation and excitement going.

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We all know what it’s like when our businesses are just starting out. We go through waves of confidence with a ‘Yeah this is amazing’ quickly followed by a ‘oh my gosh what am I doing? Am I totally crazy…?’ Usually for me this all occurs within about two seconds of one another. Which is why our mindset, especially in the early days, is so important. And there’s ways to help you feel like your succeeding in business, even when you’re just starting out.

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Set Mini Goals – Celebrate In Big Ways

This is possibly the most obvious, but also the easiest overlooked. I’m a massive fan of setting goals, especially mini goals. And an even bigger fan of celebrating them. This is so important, especially in the early days.

Having goals written out not only helps you seeing what it is you want to achieve, but also offers a place of reflection to see how much you’ve already achieved too.

I tend to set aside a dedicated notebook for my goal setting (just another excuse to buy more notebooks of course) which means I can go back over previous goals and see how far I’ve come.

I also make sure I write out how I’m going to celebrate my goals when I achieve them.

For example, I might write a cluster of 3 or 4 detailed goals on one page and right at the bottom put something like “Favourite Bottle of Champagne” so when I achieve the goals, I can go out and buy my favourite bottle of champers to celebrate. I generally scale the reward to the goals and often the rewards are business based like attending a conference or enrolling in a new course, because that’s what motivates me.

Create Lessons From Your Mistakes

While celebrating your wins is incredibly important, so too is learning from your mistakes. If you try a particular method of doing something and it doesn’t work, rather than getting bogged down in the negativities, literally write out what it is you learnt about that experience and how you would do it differently next time.

What this does is creates a solid ‘lesson’ that you have learnt from a situation that didn’t go to plan. This is an incredibly powerful development tool and will also help you to realise that it’s okay when things don’t go to plan, and that resolving issues and finding new pathways is all part of the success that comes with small business.

This is particularly important in the early days when there are more ‘teething’ errors and issues that may arise.

When you're starting out it's important to determine how to feel like you're succeeding in business because it's this feeling that will motivate you to get through the tough times.

Keep a Schedule

One of the best ways to feel like you are succeeding is to create a schedule and stick to it. Regardless of where you’re at in your business, if you establish a routine you’ll feel like (and actually be) achieving so much.

Your schedule doesn’t have to be incredibly strict or detailed and you can use it to incorporate your goals.

For example, it might be a goal of yours to have your social media posts always scheduled at least a week in advance. Therefore, you can make it part of your schedule to always set up your social media posts for at least a week every Monday.

Other than being a productive practice to get into, this routine of spending time on your new business can help you feel like things are moving forward and you’re achieving more success.

Invest Wisely

While I don’t believe it’s always necessary to drop a lot of money on a new business right away, I do believe that investing wisely can be one of the best things you can do for your business. And can help you feel more successful.

Your investments can be smaller to start off with and scale up as your business grows. One of my most favourite investments would have to be eBooks. My Kindle and I have a very close relationship and it comes with me everywhere I go. I literally have it in my pocket or handbag most of the time. For just a few dollars you can make an investment in your business and in yourself that will have fantastic rewards.

These eBooks can give you the tools to take your business to the next level and give you areas to concentrate on so when you’ve added a new skill or implemented a new strategy you’ll feel like you’re even more successful than before.

As your business grows your investments can grow too through to larger items such as eCourses, Workshops, Conferences and even International Conferences.

When I attended my first conference I was so intimidated, wondering if I was successful enough to be there. But after the first few hours I felt amazing – I was part of this amazing group of successful people and it gave me so much more confidence in myself and my business.

Introduce Yourself

How do you introduce yourself? What do you say when someone asks what you do? Become comfortable with talking about your business as your answer when people ask you these questions.

Rather than saying ‘oh I work from home’ respond with ‘I run an online consulting business for young entrepreneurs’ or ‘I own a business that creates beautiful bows and headbands for little girls’.

Have a play around with what it is you want to say and be sure to avoid the word ‘just’ as a prefix. You don’t need to start out by saying ‘I just….’ Be confident. Own what you do. You are amazing.

By telling people what you do you will start to feel like you are even more successful, and it has an added bonus of promoting your business at the same time. Win/Win.

All of these little adjustments can make a massive difference in helping you work out how to feel like you’re succeeding in business at any stage but are particularly important when you’re just starting out. It’s that blissful feeling of success that will help you through the tough days and drive you to push yourself further and further towards your goals.


  1. I love that: Own what you do. You are amazing.

    So true. I get so frustrated that so many young girls refuse to call themselves Entrepreneurs. It’s like ambition is such a bad word. Just because your at chapter 1 doesn’t make you any less of an entrepreneur.

    1. Absolutely!! Entrepreneur isn’t a dirty word! It’s something to be proud of! What an amazing thing to do to be able to create a life that you love! To be able to set the bar for yourself and to achieve you dreams. I’m incredibly proud of what I do. I wish more women were the same. 🙂

  2. I think I need to start to be more creative in my business details .. It seems I’m more creative with paper than words!

    1. And you are very creative with paper too. Just like all forms of creativity, it takes practice and ‘exercising’ your creative muscles 🙂

  3. This was so helpful to me. I’m at the infant stages of building a business and it takes a lot of mental energy to keep myself UP. Thank you for these practical and totally applicable tips. 🙂

    1. You’re more than welcome Marie! It takes so much energy to keep ourselves going! I totally agree. It’s so easy to become disheartened by the simplest things. All the best in your business growth!!

  4. I love the piece you’ve written about confidence. As our blog finds its foothold, I’m learning to be confident and proud of it! This is an accomplishment–not everyone can be a blogger, whether for hobby or income. It’s encouraging to know that others out there are working on their blogger confidence as well!

    1. So much of blogging comes down to confidence (or faking it anyway) – because when we write we are putting ourselves out there for others to read. It’s incredibly vulnerable. You should definitely be proud – your blog looks lovely and you should be confident in what you do. And you’re right – not everyone can be a blogger, even more reason to be proud of what we do. xo

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