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The Best (and Worst) Decisions I’ve Made Running My Business

March 27th, 2018

It’s hard to believe I’ve been running a business for 10 years. Some days I still feel like a total rookie (what’s a form 1099 again?), and then I have a coffee chat with a recent college grad or speak on a panel at Create & Cultivate, and realize that I’ve learned quite a bit since I started. It was that recent panel that inspired the new series that we’re launching here on Camille Styles today – there were so many smart questions from creative gals, entrepreneurs, and side hustlers in the audience, I realized that it might be a good idea to share some of the same advice they were looking for with you guys.

We’re kicking things off with a look back at some of the big decisions I made in the early days of my business: some of them set me up for success, while others ended up needing major course correction. I’ve got to admit though, it’s hard for me to frame them as “wrong decisions,” since most of the time, they led to an epiphany that opened up new possibilities. It’s a good reminder to approach missteps with resiliency — just get back at it, take whatever you can learn from the situation, and leave the rest behind you. Read on for the best and worst decisions I’ve made, and I’d love to hear your experiences in the comments.

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9 Comments
  1. Karin Pereira says:

    Love the article, but I have the hardest time getting over disappointments especially when I put all my energy into it only to find out others didn’t have the same opinion. Yes, I learned to be more careful next time around.

  2. Alexa Giacomini says:

    I’m so thrilled that you’re doing this series! I’ve been a long-long-longtime reader of your blog, and can’t wait to get the inside scoop on how you created your business from the ground up.

  3. pissant46 says:

    Loved this post!! Thank you so much for sharing such valuable insights and sharing your personal experiences. Incredibly helpful and inspiring!

  4. I so appreciate this article (and the whole site of course ;0). I’m deep in the trenches of defining and expressing my unique voice in the world of essential oil marketing and distribution. I love oils so much and sometimes I think I go into shout-it-out overdrive! Finding my niche and providing oils education and content in a simple, consistent way is such wise advice. Thank you!

  5. Eva says:

    I love this article, thank you for sharing your thoughts having been in the blogging business for so long! I think getting offline is one of the most important things I try to do every day. It’s the only way I come up with new ideas. It also keeps me from getting overly stressed about things. Keep these tips coming!!

    Eva | http://www.shessobright.com

  6. Hey!

    Thanks for sharing!

    I’m currently working full time but I am about about to quit my job in a month to pursue a more creative career. I know that sounds all magical, but it’s really not. It’s hard work, and super scary. There is a job of “what-ifs” but I know getting started is the first step.

    Thanks again,
    Crystal

  7. Dana says:

    Love this article. This is the second blog I have read of yours and I am hooked.

  8. Miriam Otero says:

    Love this! I find it inspiring especially right now while I’m starting my life coaching business. Thanks for the tips!

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