I trust this finds you well today!
Last week I sent out an email inviting you to ask me any question about your Kids Yoga biz. If you missed it, you can catch it here. I am so excited by what has been coming in and wanted to share this one with you in hopes it inspires you too …
Thanks for the blog post and the invitation to ask questions! I am considering taking a huge leap from being a classroom teacher for 10 years to teaching Kids Yoga full time! I’m going to be honest … It scares the sh*t out of me but I’m pretty sure if I don’t do this I simply won’t feel right. So here’s what I am wondering … How do you avoid putting so much pressure on building a Kids Yoga business?
I am so moved by this question because I have been in this woman’s shoes. I was a former school teacher (for just three years) and made that leap from employee to self-employed when I started up Next Generation Yoga almost 20 years ago! Even with all the fear, I did it because, like her, if I didn’t – I wouldn’t have felt right!
And I am so glad I did make that leap!
But trust me, it hasn’t always been rainbows and unicorns and I learned a lot along the way, especially about pressure while building the biz.
So whether you are currently teaching part-time, desire to go full time or you have already busted through that transition, the real question at heart is, how do we stay calm in biz and avoid all the pressure as we build?
Here are a few tips, tools & thoughts that have worked for me in keeping calm while growing my biz.
Go slow and remain responsible. While yes, it can be exciting to think about switching careers over night, it’s important to go slow and remain responsible. At the end of the day, we have bills to pay, and jumping into a new career can take time to build, (see next bullet.) Consider how you can slowly transition perhaps by maintaining part-time work so that you can continue to earn an income while building out your passion biz. There is truly no rush and the best businesses have grown with slow, organic growth while the biz owner stays calm with current responsibilities.
Know that it takes time. You know that saying, “Rome wasn’t build in a day”? Well, I can not tell you how true it really is when building a Kids Yoga biz. Seriously, it truly takes time to create, produce and build new things. While we may desire immediate success for our new offerings (like a new Kids Yoga class, camp, workshop, product or teacher training) we must be gentle and recognize that it really takes time to build these things out. To name just a few, there is the development, budgeting, marketing AND of course your life as a teacher, mom, partner, friend, etc. It’s not fair to put all this pressure on yourself to have instant success when really it takes time. So let yourself off the hook, be kind, take a breath and know that building a business simply doesn’t happen over night.
Go pro. There is nothing worse than doing business unprofessionally. Getting a business checking account, creating high-res flyers, trademarking your biz name and being organized with your systems and procedures are sure ways to help you stay calm as you build. Being professional versus half-assed is important. Think about what you want your biz to look like in five years from now and set it up for success by implementing professional tactics today. Trust me, it’s never too early to go pro.
Get support. No matter where you are in your biz, just starting out or already five years in, the key to staying calm as you build, is to have support. Whether this means having a biz bestie, an accountability buddy, a Mastermind group, a mentor or a coach, you’ll want to be sure to stay grounded with support. Loving warning: building a business is no joke and should not be done alone. Having people in your life whom you can ask questions, bounce ideas off of and be supported by is essential to staying calm in biz.
There are lots of things we can do in biz to help steer clear of pressure, including practicing self-care regularly. I would love to hear ways that you avoid feeling pressure as your grow your Kids Yoga biz. Leave a comment so that we can all learn from you!
In support of you,
PS – I am happy to answer your biz question, feel free to send it over my way way. Just hit reply to this email.