Being in business for oneself is not as easy as it might look. It’s not easy to work through that feeling of wanting to give up that many entrepreneurs, including home stagers, experience in that first year or two in business.
I came across a quote recently by an unknown author that says:
“Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.”
It reminded me of my own metaphor of giving up a block too soon.
Alaska home stager Stacy Goade is the first Staging Diva Graduate in Alaska and she’s a great example of why you should never give up on your dream. Besides marketing your services you also need a positive mindset and a strong belief in yourself as a home stager to be successful or else you never know what you might miss out on.
Stacy recently wrote me to tell me about the great note her business ended on last year. On December 29, the very day that she was feeling so discouraged that she contemplated giving up the staging business she started a few months ago, her phone rang not once but twice in 20 minutes.
The calls came from two different Realtors®, one wanting Stacy’s help to stage a home that would be listed in the new year and the other asking her to speak at a team meeting in March.
Stacy mentioned that those real estate agents contacted her from her profile page on the Staging Diva Directory of Home Stagers, and through relentless networking efforts using her professionally designed home staging business cards.
About feeling discouraged, Stacy writes, “I reflect on the advice and insights you have shared with me and other Staging Diva graduates; don’t give up your dream, you can do it, things happen when you least expect it, a web presence is essential, search engine optimization is even more essential, find your opportunities and your niche, keep at it, be business smart, and focus on the positive.”
Stacey adds, “Running your own business is a lot of work and a testimony to your attitude and fortitude! Thank you for your ongoing support and patience, sharing your insights and advice, your incredible business savvy, and for being invested in our success by availing yourself to us for individual help and encouragement through coaching.”
This story proves that you never know where your next home staging project may come from and why you should not be so quick to give up on yourself and your dream.
I can so relate to that feeling of wanting to give up because I had it weekly in my own first year as a stager. Home stagers, have you ever had an experience like Stacy’s where something amazing happened in your business around the same time you were thinking of giving up? Please share by leaving a comment below.
Editors Note: I wrote another story about this Alaska Home Stagers TV Debut!
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
President, Six Elements Home Staging
Debra Gould knows how to make money as a home stager and she developed the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program to teach others how to earn a living doing something they love. She is frequently profiled in the media for her home staging expertise and is the author of 5 guides for home stagers.