First Time Founders: Five Things I Wish I Knew Five Years Ago

Green Jay recently celebrated its 5-year anniversary so I thought I would spend some time reflecting on what have been the main learning points over that period.

  1. Adaptability is Your Superpower:

Business landscapes can change rapidly, and what worked yesterday might not work tomorrow. Your ability to adapt to these changes is crucial. Whether it’s shifts in consumer preferences, technology advancements, or external crises, stay flexible and open-minded. Learn to pivot when necessary, and always be willing to evolve your business model.

  • Continuous Learning is Non-Negotiable:

The business world is a constant learning experience. Stay curious and never stop educating yourself. Read industry publications, attend conferences, and seek out mentorship. Learning from both your successes and failures is essential to growth.

  • Stay True to Your Vision:

While adaptability is key, don’t lose sight of your original vision. Your passion and belief in your business are what drove you to start it in the first place. Hold onto your core values and purpose, even as you make necessary adjustments along the way.

  • Resilience is Your Greatest Asset:

Entrepreneurship is a rollercoaster ride with its fair share of ups and downs. To survive and thrive, you must develop resilience. Be prepared to weather storms, handle setbacks, and persevere through tough times. Remember, success often follows perseverance.

  • Celebrate Milestones and Take Breaks:

Don’t forget to celebrate your achievements, both big and small. Acknowledge your hard work and take the time to relax and recharge. Burnout is a real threat to business owners, so make self-care a priority.

In your first five years, I’ve encountered numerous challenges such as juggling small children and a growing business, a pandemic and countless others but I’ve also had the highs of securing the first piece of work, getting to work on really exciting projects and meeting some truly inspiring people along the way so it’s important to embrace the journey, learn from your experiences, and keep moving forward.

The road ahead may have its share of twists and turns, but with these lessons in mind, you’ll be better equipped to navigate them and celebrate many more successful years in business.

Here’s to the next five years and beyond!