The Biggest Mistakes New Entrepreneurs Make And How To Avoid Them?
Making the jump to entrepreneurship can be both exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. After all, you are now in charge of your own destiny! While there is a lot of freedom that comes with being an entrepreneur, many mistakes can also be made. This blog post will discuss some of the new entrepreneurs’ biggest mistakes and how to avoid them.
1. Not Defining Their Target Market
One of the biggest mistakes new entrepreneurs make is not defining their target market. Without a target market, your marketing efforts will be scattered, and you will have a hard time growing your business. Take the time to research your ideal customer and create a marketing strategy targeting them specifically. Additionally, make sure your website and social media platforms reflect your target market.
2. Not Having a Business Plan
Another mistake new entrepreneurs make is not having a business plan. A business plan is essential for keeping your business on track and attracting investors. Without a business plan, it will be difficult to measure your progress and make informed decisions about the future of your business. Make sure to take the time to create a comprehensive business plan before launching your company.
3. Mismanaging Their Finances
Many new entrepreneurs mismanage their finances, which can lead to financial ruin. Make sure you have a handle on your finances from the start by creating a budget and sticking to it. Track your expenses carefully and invest in accounting software to help you stay organized. Additionally, be sure to save for lean times and have a plan in place in case of an emergency. Plus, consider meeting with a financial advisor to get started on the right foot.
4. Not Prioritizing Their Time
Time management is essential for entrepreneurs, yet many new business owners fail to prioritize their time effectively. As an entrepreneur, you will wear many hats and will have to juggle a lot of different tasks. It’s important to create a schedule and stick to it as much as possible. Set aside time for specific tasks and ensure you complete them before moving on to the next. Additionally, learn to delegate when possible, and don’t be afraid to outsource some of your work.
5. Burning Out Quickly
Many new entrepreneurs are so eager to get their businesses off the ground that they burn out quickly. Running a business is a marathon, not a sprint, so it’s important to pace yourself. Take breaks when needed and make time for yourself outside of work. Additionally, build a strong support network of family and friends who can help you through tough times.
6. Creating A Business And Not A Brand
One of the most common mistakes entrepreneurs make is creating a business, not a brand. In today’s competitive marketplace, creating a strong brand that differentiates you from your competitors is essential. Your brand should be reflected in everything you do, from your logo to your social media presence. Take the time to develop a comprehensive branding strategy before launching your business.
7. Not Promoting Their Business
Many new entrepreneurs make the mistake of not promoting their businesses enough. Marketing and promotion are essential for any business, yet many entrepreneurs fail to allocate enough time or resources to these efforts. Make sure you create a comprehensive marketing plan and budget for your business. Additionally, don’t be afraid to get creative with your marketing and make use of social media and other digital platforms to reach your target market.
8. Not Being Passionate About Their Business
Most new entrepreneurs are not passionate about their businesses, which can lead to burnout and failure. It’s important to choose a business that you’re passionate about so you can maintain your motivation through tough times. Additionally, being passionate about your business will help you attract customers and build a strong brand.
9. Not Being Realistic
Many new entrepreneurs are not realistic about their businesses, which can lead to disappointment and discouragement. Make sure you set realistic goals and expectations for your business. Additionally, be honest with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses. It’s important to be aware of your limitations so you can make informed decisions about the future of your business.
10. Not Learning From Their Mistakes
One of the new entrepreneurs’ biggest mistakes is not learning from their mistakes. It’s important to take the time to reflect on your failures and figure out what you could have done differently. Additionally, don’t be afraid to ask for advice from experienced entrepreneurs. They can offer valuable insights that can help you avoid making the same mistakes in the future.
Three Practical Ways to Contribute to Social Change per Durell Coleman
We would all like our world to become a better place for everyone. However, it’s easier said than done. Hence, the need of the hour is to develop practical ways that can genuinely contribute to impacting societies’ most vulnerable. Durell Coleman, Founder and CEO of DC Design, offers three practical ways to do so.
Engage With Those Who Empathize
It’s a rather pitiful state of affairs when the general sense of social change is associated with sympathy. It seems to be the right response to suffering. We pity, sympathize, and move on, having contended ourselves with paying our due through an emotional currency. However, sympathizers don’t make an effective social impact; empathizers do.
As a social impact design firm, DC Design’s cross-disciplinary team is able to make a real social impact, having first been affected by its harsh realities themselves. Coleman, for instance, watched his older brother pass away fighting a rare form of cancer while the world outside went on unchanged. His experience drives his work; he says, “my yardstick for measuring social change is simple – who are the people dealing with some of the biggest health and wellbeing challenges? Are we making life easier for them? Are we creating things that are improving outcomes for them? That’s part of how I measure it or how I focus on it and our work. We think about the people who are not being served.”
Develop Well-Directed Solutions
There are plenty of good-hearted organizations in the world. It may sound oxymoronic, but that doesn’t make it untrue. Durell has worked with organizations that he considers “incredible change-makers.” For him, all that a well-meaning organization needs and often lacks is “good direction,” whether it’s deciding “where to go next” and/or “how to cater their services and programs to best meet the needs of those they serve.”
Coleman understands the complexity of social issues and how they divide people’s opinions and turn the approach into a labyrinth of disjointed ideas. DC Design’s Human-Centered Design process, also known as Design Thinking, helps clients develop a coherent framework that incorporates different perspectives and skill sets to reach a well-rounded solution.
Move With The Times
We’re living in the age of technology. Golden for some, and not quite so for others. Yet, it’s one of the best chances we’ve had in centuries to make the world a better place for everyone in it. In short, technology can pave the way for social change.
When human concern and technology come together, we get wheelchair ramps in hospitals, better helplines, and apps that allow those in need to get the help they need in time. Through his DC Design University, Coleman and team have created a flagship program called Design the Future, “where we teach high school kids how to design apps and products for people with disabilities,” he says. “They’ve solved problems that people have been living with for 20 years. These are 15-year-olds and 16-year-olds doing this in a week or two weeks, and they do it repeatedly.”
Social change can be brought about with innovative thinking in a direction that will bring collective benefit to the community. If you’re working on a systemic social change initiative or just want personal guidance on how you can change the world, reach out to DC Design for help.
Moon Maison – The Power of Content Marketing: Moon Maison’s Journey from OnlyFans to Millionaire Success
Moon Maison, Founder of Moon Maison Media LLC, also known as The World’s Sexiest Life Coach is an authority on sex, spiritual healing, and personal development.
As a Life Coach, Model, and Influencer she has amassed an audience of over 600k followers who come to her for coaching on all aspects of life, namely, sex and the entanglement of the act within relationships.
Moon has developed multiple avenues of content on various platforms for her followers, to aid in spiritual wellness, and guide them on the subjects of sex and love.
Moon’s overall feats would make a fellow influencer wince with pangs of jealousy. From starting a successful clothing brand in NYC and selling the brand at a young age – to being featured in magazines like, Sports Illustrated, Maxim, and Playboy – Moon’s resume is an alluring run-down of slam-dunks peppered with twists and turns to keep you guessing.
She dislikes being boxed in or labeled, so Moon keeps it interesting, a traveling wilbury that is always in motion.
“When I closed my clothing boutique in NYC and moved to Miami…I took my first yoga teacher training. It was then when I really began to meditate properly.”
Indeed, the self-described, Sex Goddess also has an intensely spiritual side that sent her traveling the world. She turned to soul work, studied, and became certified in practices like; Yoga, Intuitive Healing, Tantra, Hypnotherapy, and Energetic Bodywork.
“I found so much peace and clarity in meditation. I instantly knew how to run my energy and it really felt ecstatic for me.”
It wasn’t until Moon received visions through plant medicine that things really clicked into place.
Moon started out initially as many do, perplexed and looking for a thread in the blanket of life. For whatever reason, she was led into the modeling world after being encouraged by friends to hop onto OnlyFans. She didn’t know what to expect, but leaned into it with an open mind.
She was creating content on OnlyFans, not wholly realizing the power of the brand she was forming, and when she became in-demand…she says, “it just sort of took off” – shocking her. It wasn’t something she expected to happen.
Sexual themes in content and on platforms is nothing new, but the usage of nudity and sexuality can be a springboard that catapults careers and faces into notoriety. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton have famously subscribed to this method. It can be a controversial path but empowering all the same when it leads to financial self-sufficiency and the means to explore true passions.
“My dad got Playboy magazines in the mail, we would go to ‘best body on the beach contests’, and I saw my mom naked a lot, so I just always saw it as normal.”
Moon used her sexual artistry, blossoming within the niche, comfortable with flaunting it.
She was making money and gathering followers like daisies.
But her entrepreneurial spirit had other ideas and felt that something was missing. Moon wanted to make more of an impact on her followers by offering services like Wellness Coaching.
It took a hefty investment in personal development, meditation, and self-reflection to integrate her findings. By satiating her thirst for purpose, she was able to position herself as a Goddess of many hats.
Moon describes a turning point, where she had a spiritual awakening that solidified her course.
During her second Ayahuasca ceremony, Moon says she “downloaded visions” that came from God, or Source. She was told that she was “a Love Goddess, a Sex Goddess, and a Healer” by the entity speaking through the medicinal plant as a sound-piece. It guided her toward embracing spiritual sexuality as a life path.
“I was told that I wasn’t ready to know this information before, that I am ready now and to prepare for something big to happen”.
Her spiritual ascent had hit an all-time…climax.
The goal then was to take it to the masses and make an impact in a different way.
“The spiritual side takes more effort for people to understand as it’s more about changing how people view sex and love.”
By owning it, and the moniker, Goddess, she uses meditation, energy and vibrations. She aims to change how sex is viewed by using these energy tools.
Sex Magic, Mindset, and Tantra are her go-to methods, especially the former which is central to exercising sexual energy and consists of rituals centered around self-love.
She aligns with the universe to expand her mind, “changing your frequency, heightening your awareness, you feel the love vibration and sexual energy that is all around.”
The Love Goddess has been able to merge her separate paths in both modeling, and spirituality to offer a unique package that has taken off, solidifying her place as a Life Coach.
She does the full gamut: one-on-one life coaching, bi-weekly virtual gatherings, free online meditation courses. And has much more in the works; music, events, online courses, and a product line.
With her work in-demand and followers taking notice; “I’ve had one-on-ones with C-Level executives” – she notes how people are opening up, wanting guidance to align themselves spiritually.
The model turned Goddess of Love and Sex hasn’t always known precisely where her path was leading, but every piece of her story has been central to the plot.
The World’s Sexiest Life Coach has put in the work and made her mark, and now she’s riding high on her sexy Goddess throne.
Redefining What it Means to be Courageous
When you hear the word courage, you might be tempted to believe that it’s all about throwing yourself into daunting situations without thinking twice. It’s also common to think that people who have made significant achievements are fearless.
But with celebrities such as Robin Williams and Anthony Bourdain succumbing to mental health challenges, we might need to revisit the meaning of being courageous. In fact, the National Health Interview Survey indicates that 9% of the men surveyed experienced daily symptoms of depression or anxiety. Sadly, only one in three sought treatment for these conditions, and only one in four spoke to a medical professional. These are some of the worrying revelations signaling a need to redefine what it means to be courageous, particularly as the concept pertains to men.
For Certified High-Performance Coach and the mastermind behind the Siena Strategy Partners, which constitutes the base for her coaching efforts, Kate McKay, the answer isn’t about how we behave in moments of crisis but rather in how we live our lives on a daily basis. “Being courageous means valuing your inner world and respecting your ideas enough to communicate them effectively. It means seeing intimacy, romance, and emotional connection as worthy of your time and effort,” McKay says. “There are ways for men to come out of their holes and become as confident as they want to be. All they have to do is look inside themselves to find the answers.”
Identifying Our Fears
It’s a well-known fact that pinpointing our fears can help us overcome them. When you look at the things that worry you, you start thinking more logically. This, in turn, helps you take action and break the cycle of fear. According to McKay, most of us have three main fears in life. The first one is the fear of change and that whatever is waiting ahead of us is just too hard to overcome. The second is the fear of the outcome of our actions and that the effort we put into something won’t be worth it. Finally, the fear of loss. “I think the last one is the most significant one,” McKay elaborates. “We fear that if we take action, we’re going to lose someone or something that’s important to us. Because we’re going to grow beyond that thing or person.”
To put things in perspective, McKay advises bringing to mind a change that you have been reluctant to make or a goal you have failed to chase. She then advises examining the precise reasons why you have been stalling. Is it the fear of loss? The fear of hardship? Or the fear that the outcome of your actions might not be as satisfying as you expect?
Life is a Journey
Traditionally, society has viewed people who accepted the challenge and made it to the finish line as courageous, completely overlooking their journey. However, if we look closer, the culture of fixating on goals and neglecting the hurdles in the journey to those results contributes considerably to today’s mental health issues. Often, those who don’t hit their goals feel like failures, not understanding that challenges are just a part of the path to success. And sometimes, those who excel have put themselves through sleepless nights, poor eating patterns, substance abuse, and many other unhealthy habits.
So how do we gain the courage to overcome these obstacles? The answer lies in going inward and paying attention — rather than overlooking — the journey. In particular, McKay believes that it takes fortitude to express our feelings, thoughts, and needs to the world. She also believes that learning how to communicate more consistently builds the kind of confidence that breeds success. Not being honest with others, on the other hand, diminishes courage.
The Power of Action
Once you’re aware of your fears and how they manifest in your life, you can respond to these challenges with action. Since facing obstacles head-on builds confidence, your actions are likely to break the cycle of fear in your life. This is because people that take action, rather than shy away from life’s obstacles, tend to develop a better sense of who they are. This, in turn, usually makes them more resilient and ready to deal with life’s little or big surprises. “A good start is identifying a few areas in your life that require more decisive action,” McKay says. “Then it’s a matter of committing to taking a few leaps forward in those particular areas.”
Unleashing Your Inner Warrior
Embracing courage — or unleashing your inner warrior — can be a game changer. Not only can it equip you with a different perspective on the world, but it can also help you empower others. “A warrior is a person who shows great vigor, courage, determination, inner strength, and heroism when confronted with challenges. Someone that uses adversity to implement necessary changes and manifest the best version of themselves,” McKay says.
McKay is adamant that hiding from fear is futile. Rather, we need to examine it and move through it. “Nothing is worse than regret. It’s not an option because staying the same is unacceptable. Everybody has their inner hottie and everyone wants to claim it. I won’t say it’s easy, but it’s possible,” McKay narrates. “This is where the right coach can help you clarify your vision and take action. This is what’s going to lead you from fear to courage.”
To empower others, McKay has written a book entitled, “Claim Your Inner Warrior: How to Live a Life of Courage and Unleash Your Personal Power.” The follow-up to her best selling
“Claim Your Inner Badass” aims to help men overcome fear through introspection and action.