Anonym
500+ Views

Adventures of an Entrepreneurial Introvert

Week 2 So, I'm gonna let you all in on a little secret....I'm starting a business! As an introvert, what kind of business would you imagine I would start? Crafting? Transcription? Graphic design? Anything to avoid social settings, right? Nope, not me. I am opening an errand service. I thought...I'd really like to help the elderly and disabled and public service providers (police, fire fighters, social workers, etc.) get their groceries, pay their bills, and get all of their other errands done. Make life easier for them. I thought about how time consuming errands can be, and I thought about how if doesn't really bother me. I thought about how happy folks might be, with someone to lighten the load a little. What I didn't think about was just how much I might have to interact with people. No, I'm not antisocial...I just have a small, quickly drained social battery. I don't have any customers yet, but I have been beating pavement to advertise my services. And it has been awkward, to say the least. Stuttering and brain dead when they ask what services I offer or what my rates are. Nervous shifting...starting to leave, then lingering momentarily as I try figure out if they're still wanting to talk. Focusing a little too much on maintaining eye contact, so that I have to ask them to repeat what they just asked.
In the past two weeks, it hasn't really been that bad...I suppose it's because the excitement of starting my own business kept it mostly at bay. But now the doubts are nibbling at the edges as the excitement wanes a little and I notice my anxieties and discomfort. The utter lack of customers doesn't help. But it's okay, I'm okay...I'm patient and hopeful. I am sure I can tackle these social challenges like I do everything else. What do I do? Honestly, I don't know. But I have been reflecting, and I have identified some interesting points i might be able to use to my advantage. 1. I don't have any trouble with one on one conversations. It's only when there's two or more people that i get anxious. 2. I do better when I have just done something completely different just before. My toddler has been accompanying me as I promote my business (don't worry, it's a small town, and people are surprisingly understanding), and just after we go to the park or stop off at the house to give him a quick change or break, is when I feel most confidant and outgoing. A quick recharge, I suppose. 3. I might need to tap a more extroverted friend to help get the word out there. I don't really like feeling like I'm relying on someone else, but I might just have to swallow my pride to get this business off the ground. So, yeah...I have some hurdles to conquer...I should get on that now, before my procrastination tries to kick in, too.
3 Comments
Suggested
Recent
believe in yourself and in your business, you wont need an extrovert. you don't need to be an extrovert to provide helpful service, just smile and be sincere with your business. I'm no businesswoman, but I'm an introvert too
Thank you for the pep talk! ☺
I know you will make this a success. I have faith in you.
Cards you may also be interested in
Choose a tree and find out your personality!
Pick a tree! Tree 1. A generous and moral. You aspire to be the best. You have the highest ambitions and standards. People may seem to you that it is difficult, but the hardest thing to you with yourself. You work hard, but you’re not selfish. You work because you want to make the world a better place. You like as long as you do not hurt. And after … still do not cease to love. Very few people can appreciate all that you do. Tree 2. You are a fun, honest person. You are very responsible and like taking care of others. You believe in putting in an honest day’s work and accept many work-related responsibilities. You have a very good personality and people come to trust you easily. You are bright, witty and fast-thinking. You always have an interesting story to tell. Tree 3. A smart and thoughtful. You are a great thinker. Your thoughts and ideas – the most important. Do you like to think about his theories and views alone. Are you an introvert. You get along with those who likes to think and learn. You are never superficial. You spend a lot of time, thinking about morality. You are trying to do what is right, even if the majority of society does not agree with you. Tree 4. Insightful and philosophical. You are very unique, one of a kind soul. There’s no one even slightly similar to you. You are intuitive and a bit quirky. You are often misunderstood and it hurts you. You need personal space. Your creativity needs to be developed. You are a person who clearly sees the light and dark sides of life. You are very emotional. Tree 5. You are self-assured and in charge. You are very independent. Your guiding principle in life is ‘I’ll do it my way.’. You are very self-reliant and know how to stay strong for yourself and the people you love. You know exactly what you want and are not afraid of pursuing your dreams. The only thing you demand from people is honesty. You are strong enough to accept the truth. Tree 6. Kind and sensitive. You can easily build a relationship with people. You have a lot of friends, and you like to make their lives better. You have a warm and bright aura. People feel extremely relaxed in your presence. Every day you are thinking how to become even better. You are interesting, insightful and unique. You need love more than anyone in the world. You are ready to love those who didn’t love you in return. Tree 7. Happy and calm. You are sensitive and a understanding person. You listen carefully and without judgment. You think everyone has their own path in life. You can easily take the events and people. You rarely worried and often times feel very relaxed. Always have a good time while not losing my own way. Tree 8. You are charming and energetic. You are a fun person who knows how to make people laugh. You live in a state of harmony with the universe. You are spontaneous and enthusiastic. You never say no to an adventure. Often, you end up surprising and even shocking people. But that’s just how you are. . . You always remain true to yourself. You have many interests and if something proves of interest to you, you will not rest until you acquire a profound knowledge of this area. I think ,many people want to be like you. Tree 9. Full of optimism and lucky. Do you believe that life – it is a gift, and you’re trying to do as much as possible and use as many as possible of what you have been given. You are immensely proud of what have made in life. With those you love, are willing to share all the joys and sorrows. You have a very healthy outlook on life. You can see that the glass (at least) half full. You are using every opportunity to forgive, learn and grow. Life is too short to do anything else.  What is your tree and personality? I chose 7!!!!
Self Care Tips: What Works for You? Featuring calming BTS Music..
Hello fam! What is self care and what works for you? I practice self care all the time to help manage my personal, professional, and mental health. I've learned that when your mental health is stable your physical health and life is better. I will share my self care tips I do to manage my Depression. What is self care? It is what is says. Self care is taking care of yourself. This could be meditation, skincare, going for walks, coffee time with your friends, walking to dog, listening to music, exercise, etc! Healthy ways to maintain the cool you! I have been diagnosed with Major Depression and sometimes I find it annoying when ppl think they know what I'm going through. However, this is how I manage my mental health through self-care Mindfulness I love taking time out everyday at the end of the day to practice mindfulness. This helps me relax so I can have a wonderful restful night. This helps improves my sleep and reduce anxiety. Meditation/ Imagery I switch it up and sometimes before going to bed I listen to soothing music and meditate. I use imagery to help relax my mind and body. Below is some soothing BTS music I love to utilize to help calm me down. Writing/Poetry I love chilling and writing. I play some chill music to help the creative juices flow. Try out purchasing a cool note book and pen that you can use for just writing. Pedicure/Pamper Once a month a get a jelly pedicure. This helps me relax after a long week. If you can't afford one you can do this at home. I will share some of my foot soak recipes in another card. Remember there is only one you, so please take care of yourself!!! Besos!!
Adventures of an Entrepreneurial Introvert- The End, For Now
I hate small towns. After a few weeks of booming growth, I suddenly had no customers. I figured it was the approaching holiday season...that budgets were getting too tight for splurging on a convenience service. That's not it, Carl! So, in October, when business started trickling to a drip, I started looking for a part-time job to supplement my income. I tried not to take the decline to heart, and to keep a positive attitude. I am a bit self-conscious, so of course I had those nagging little thoughts that I had done or said something that had caused people to not want to call on me. Maybe my discomfort with social interaction was being picked up on, and people distrusted me because of that? Maybe the process was too complicated, and people were worried I was going to steal their money or something? Maybe someone more extroverted or well-known in the area had started their own errands service and were taking my business? But no...it was none of that. Like I said, I live in a small town. There is an interconnectedness that I really, REALLY didn't miss when I lived in the city. If someone likes you, everyone likes you; if someone doesn't like you, you become a pariah. And sentiments travel as quickly as gossip, and gossip travels faster than light. This isn't just a small town, either...it's a small town in the Bible Belt. Which means zero tolerance for any nonChristians. So, it doesn't really surprise me that I lost business so quickly and absolutely when my mother-in-law let it slip that I am not Christian. What does surprise me is that it was almost a month before I learned for myself what was going on. But I'm not going to concern myself with it...lesson learned. Hopefully, I can find somewhere else to settle down and try my hand at an errands service once again, but until then....I'm pretty excited to offer my services in corrections!
What Is Wage Theft?
And more importantly: What can you do about it? Wage theft can take a lot of forms. It can mean that an employee is being paid less than the minimum wage in their state, or that any work considered overtime is not paid at the overtime rate. It also includes labor that an employee is doing off the clock (i.e. not being paid for). Deductions in wages due to fabricated workplace violations, pressure not to take paid sick or vacation days, and misclassification of employees as contractors also falls under this term. Some figures estimate that in 2008, workers in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City lost more than $2.9 billion due to employment and labor law violations. That's an appalling number! How is that even possible?! Lots of employees either don't realize their rights, or are worried that they'll lose their jobs if they try to report the issue. Additionally, the justice system often fails people who do report- even if they win their cases there's very little enforcement of labor laws, which means employers can continue to withhold the money the employee was rightfully due (via the UCLA Labor Center). This isn't an issue of a few bad employers, it's a systemic problem. Laws and enforcement of them simply aren't doing enough to protect working people. What can you do? If you feel that your employer hasn't properly compensated you for your work, the National Consumers League has a great resource ---> HERE about how to file a claim. If this ticks you off as much as it does me, I recommend writing to your representatives. At the State AND Local level (you can do that HERE). Often issues regarding wage theft are dealt with on the state level, not the national. Which means that the politicians closer to home are the ones you need to speak to- and because local elections see less voter turnout it means that every vote really does matter.
6
3
1