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The Top 5 Pieces of Advice I’ve Gotten In Business

The Best Business Advice | Alexis the Greek blog

Statistics say invariably that most new businesses close within two years of opening. I myself have seen many storefronts come and go in my hometown, on commercial strips where I worked before I opened my business, and on online retail spaces like Etsy.

Perhaps even more often, I’ve heard friends and peers say they plan to start charging for some product or service, only to hear a few months later that they’ve put their business idea on the backburner, usually mumbling a vague reason before changing the subject.

While business ownership may not be for everyone, and that’s perfectly fine, for some I wonder if perhaps the dream is there, but the confidence or direction simply isn’t.

Therefore, in honor of the 2-year anniversary of the moment I was fully committed to entrepreneurship, I’m sharing 5 of the best pieces of advice I’ve gotten in business. These tips kept me going when it felt like the odds were stacked against me, and provided a guiding light when my circumstances or just business ownership in general felt too big to take on. I hope you enjoy them! Read More

Business, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Wellness

What Brings You Joy? My #1 Tip for Entrepreneurs

Self Care with Alexis the Greek

As a designer, stylist, and photographer, I was surprised to find recently that some of my most popular posts (on social media, my blogs, and live streams) are actually about self-care and mental health.

It made me realize that a lot more people than I perceive experience the same anxiety, pressure, and self-doubt that I do. It also made me realize that the way I’ve gone about building my business has been unique.

In my business, I’ve made sanity and making money equal priorities. Not everyone goes about building an empire this way. Some people play it safe and err on the side of protecting their hearts and minds, and then never get their businesses off the ground; others throw themselves entirely into money, without ever recognizing that no amount will ever be “enough.”

What made me choose (because I did choose) to make sanity and money equal priorities?

Well, honestly, at my last job, I had terrible, life-controlling anxiety. Multiple times a day I’d experience dizzy spells from either forgetting to breathe or hyperventilating, and I’d have to find a dark, hidden corner somewhere to close my eyes, tuck my head between my knees, and pray.

People around me liked to joke that one of my “bad days” at work was like anyone else’s best day—that I could get 3X more done in an hour than should have been humanly possible. Part of me was flattered and pleased by these types of remarks; another part of me felt like at any moment, all the spinning plates were going to fall and smash to bits. Read More