When it comes to starting or growing a business, there’s a lot one needs to do. We have to develop a strategy, have a plan, market our brand, form networks, build contacts and so much more. All of which is pretty easy to do for an outgoing person. But for introverts, it can be nothing less than a scary dream.
It’s a fact that most introverts usually have poor confidence and lack communication skills because they are afraid of being out there in the world. However, when it comes to growing your business, you cannot let fears be in the way.
So what to do then? Well, the first step is attacking the root. It means confronting and overcoming deep-rooted fears.
But, how can you do that when you’ve no idea where to begin?
Don’t worry; this article is all you need to help get you started!
Growing a Business as a Introvert
1. Accept that people will have their own opinions when you are in the limelight.
Most introverts are afraid as to what people will think of them. But the thing is you can never control what people think no matter what you do. People will always have their biased, negative opinions even if you do everything right.
Even if you go and donate a hefty check to the orphanage because you genuinely felt deeply for them, they will still come up with their narratives and declare you to be publicity-hungry.
This will happen quite frequently if you are an entrepreneur. You are going to be in the limelight, which is why you would be greatly subjected to opinions. The best you can do is stay away from such opinions, and don’t give a damn.
I learned this very early that sometimes friends and family can put you down, too. The ones that you thought would be there in your new adventure are the ones that will most likely say mean and hurtful things.
“I can get the same product from so-so for X amount of money.”
“Social media is not going to take you anywhere. You need to stay at your real job.”
“Well, when the economy crashes, your blog will be non-existent.”
“You can’t even spell correctly, and you want to blog??”
“Good luck making it! I’ll believe it when I see it.”
The majority of those comments came from family members. Totally hurtful, right? I won’t lie, they truly are. Instead of giving in when these hurtful comments come your way (because they will) use them as FUEL to your success.
No matter what you do you will encounter these people. You can either listen and take heart to their comments or put up the shield of truth and let the words slide away. So, keep this in mind always:
You are worthy.
You are smart.
You are capable.
You will get there.
2. Knowing that comfort zone is an obstacle.
We are all ecstatic and peaceful when we are in our comfort zone, especially introverts. But as a business person, you have to accept that you cannot conquer the world if you stay inside your house all day. In other words, most of the time you will have to do things you are most uncomfortable doing, but you have to suck it up and do it for the sake of your business.
Whether it is going out to meet your clients, persuade them to join your team, or have a meeting with your employees, you have to do it because it is important for your business.
As an online business owner, you have to be comfortable (unless you can pull it off) by putting a face to your brand. In this day and age, videos are impactful and will usually have a better reach than a static post.
For me, setting up my camera and pushing the play button still make me cringe. I literally freeze and mess up so many times (I’m so glad there is editing), but I still show up. I will say it gets easier with time, but I still feel those knots in my stomach.
One tip I have for you is to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. It may take you a LONG time to get there, but you can work on it every day. (Leave perfection out of the equation.)
3. Knowing that your business is driven by actions.
Thoughts don’t matter but actions do. You are not going to run and grow a business if you don’t make efforts. You can waste your time being afraid, hesitating to do things you ought to, but in the end, you have to remember that it is your actions that will help you to achieve desired outcomes – nothing else.
Set monthly goals and reflect on them often. Many months went by where I thought I was a complete failure and didn’t hit any goals.
After reflecting on my goals and totaling up the numbers, I was shocked every single time I thought that I accomplished nothing.
No matter what you do, always strive to be consistent. Small steps still equal PROGRESS, even if that means taking the time to promote your business on social media or doing research.
If you only take 10 steps toward your goal or for your business every day, that is still 3,650 steps further than someone who didn’t take any steps. Progress adds up!
4. Take confidence-building classes & courses.
If you try and try, and it still does not work out, then perhaps it’s time to take personality development classes. These classes not only help you to improve your self-esteem and confidence but also target your communication, and problem-solving skills.
You can find these classes everywhere; check if your area has one too or just take up one online. There are also people out there that are MINDSET coaches. If you need an extra push to level up your confidence game, find a trusted coach to help get you there.
5. Know that you are not alone.
When you are running a business, you are never alone. You have your employees or partners; you might also have a team full of consultants who can provide you essential tips and suggestions.
If you feel unsure for even a moment, there will be several experts and services at your call. Yet it does not mean you have to depend on them, you must have confidence in your choices, opinions, and decisions.
To join an amazing group of entrepreneurs, I personally invite you to my group: Business Alliance Empire. Ask questions, promote your business, and connect with entrepreneurs in all niches. We would love to have you!
6. Accept that you will fail.
It’s not just you, but the rest of the world as well who is afraid to fail. They treat failure as if it’s a sin that they cannot recover from.
But just so you know, failures are as natural as sun and rain. They are inevitable, and you have to learn from them. Failures don’t indicate that you are incapable, but that you are doing something wrong and you must correct it.
So the best you can do is stop being afraid of failures, and face them when they come. Always remember that you can never succeed if you don’t fail once, twice, or more.
Well, this is it. I hope these tips help you! Let me know what you think about them in the comment section. But hey! Before taking leave, just know that you are doing so well! You are capable and strong to do anything you set your mind to.
We introverts have to stick together and build each other up, so I KNOW you got this.