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The 12 biggest lessons from my first year in business {Part 2}

This past year has been one of profound growth (personally and professionally), ‘pinch-me-is-this-really-my-life’ highs and ‘can-I-really-do-this’ lows and an incredible amount of learning.

This is Part 2 of 12 biggest lessons I learned in my first 12 months in business (lessons #7-12).

(Half this list–#7, 8 & 9–are pretty much the direct result of the investment I talked about in lesson #6 in Part 1 so you might want to start there first!)

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The 12 biggest lessons from my first year in business {Part 1}

One year ago today — May 8th, 2013 — this website went live with my very first blog post and my business was born! (Even though at the time all I was offering was 30min free social media help sessions.)

I certainly wasn’t born wanting to be an entrepreneur. I avoided business classes in high school and university in favour of science and languages.

This past year has been one of profound growth (personally and professionally), ‘pinch-me-is-this-really-my-life’ highs and ‘can-I-really-do-this’ lows and an incredible amount of learning.

So I’ve put together the 12 biggest lessons I learned in my first 12 months in business and this is Part 1 (lessons #1-6).

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My business-building secret weapons

Maybe this is shocking coming from a social media coach, but as powerful as social media is, you need to have a strong business foundation BEFORE you can make the most of it.

When I decided just under a year ago that I wanted to work for myself and become an entrepreneur, I read, and googled, and read some more, desperately seeking resources and support to help me get started. I had a lots of social media experience but zero business experience, and no clue how to run an online business.

Then I made a business decision that changed my business forever.

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