5 Reasons It's Okay To Launch Your Blog Or Business Before You Feel Ready
It can be hard to know when you’re ready to put yourself and your blog or business out there. Launching a website or even just posting a blog can make you feel vulnerable, fear judgment, wonder if you’re going to be good enough to make money, and even wonder if you are a good enough authority to be doing it in the first place. We know that roadblocks can come up, but regardless of not feeling ready, it's important to take that leap NOW and here's why it's 100% okay:
1. Everyone needs to start somewhere.
Ideas are nothing unless followed by action. Even if it’s not exactly what you envisioned, go ahead, post that blog or get that landing page live! Once you do it, you will see your creativity start flowing. Instead of getting overwhelmed, it can help to focus on the things that you can do right now. It's better to start and see where it takes you, rather than wait for everything to be perfect. Perfectionism is a creativity killer. Don’t nitpick over every wrinkle or hair out of place in your headshot and don’t worry too much if you don’t have all your products ready. Trying to be perfect just makes people crazy! Accept that it will probably never be perfect. Change your expectations, keep an open mind, and you’ll be ahead of the game. Your creativity will never lead you astray.
2. You can always add and update things later! (and you will..)
Once you get your website up, or your blog started, you'll always update and change things later. Nothing is permanent and once you have more content or better photos, just add them and refresh your image. Your website will evolve over time as your career evolves, so don’t get stuck overthinking something that is going to change anyway. When you have big dreams, it's important to realize that it will take time to get there. Rather than having all of your content ready before you start, just start small. Get started, and keep creating slowly but consistently. One day you’ll look back and see just how much you’ve grown but it takes a lot of time and dedication. Business or blog growth doesn’t happen overnight, so posting everything overnight when you're "ready" won't do the trick.
3. We’re all just figuring things out as we go.
Truth. If anyone tells you they have it all figured out, they're lying. No one does. Don't try too hard to hide your flaws because it’s important to know that everyone struggles and everyone makes mistakes. It’s ok if people see your struggle. You never know who might be inspired by it! It's not worth comparing yourself to others. This is a major no no! It’s so easy to get caught up in envy of someone else’s web site, blog, social media , and perceived success and think that you will never live up to that. Don’t let it stop you. The fact is that they are them and you are you - who knows what it looked like when they started or how many mistakes they made or are currently making. There will always be someone that seems better than you, so don’t kill yourself trying to keep up with them. Look to those you admire for inspiration but stop short of comparing.
4. You know enough!
If there’s a topic you want to blog about or a business you want to start, just having that desire shows you are capable of doing it. If you've spent a lot of time learning about your passion, then you are more knowledgeable than you probably give yourself credit for. You don’t have to be the expert in your subject or business right away, just be honest with your thoughts, opinions, skill, and talent. Put your best foot forward. You have a unique voice, use it.
5. You're launching for YOU!
You're starting a blog or business for yourself. Be proud of yourself and your skills and don’t worry about judgements. Don’t worry about who's watching. Launching your way and on your terms will help you find your voice, and in turn, your audience. The key is to realize that your blog or business has to be about your contribution to the world, about your unique talent and voice. Listening too much to others' opinions on what you should or shouldn't do can cloud your own instincts. Gain inspiration from those you trust and admire then use it as fuel to create your own distinct brand.
Creative entrepreneurship is a long journey that starts with just one step. So put one foot in front of the other with your head held high. Don’t over think it and don’t compare yourself to others. Go on girl, start something!