Lessons I wish I had known starting Katiesfitscript

So, sometimes I don't even like calling my coaching a business. It feels like I'm trying to be all super serious but at the end of the day, that's what it is. And I've learned a lot along the way. I feel like so many times, I look like I'm just obnoxious on social media but it is my job so I thank the people in my real life that deal with my obnoxious posting all the time :) As I've gotten older, it's gotten a little harder because I've matured and there are certain things that I've put out there that I wanna suck back but you know that's life! hahaha! You live and learn and roll with the punches! 

1. I'M GLAD IT WAS NEVER ABOUT MONEY 

In the beginning when I created Katiesfitscript off the top of my head one night in pharmacy school, it was never meant to be about making it a job. It just chaotically turned into that ;) That makes me happy because I know in my heart that I do love this and that it's my passion. However, that leads me to the second point: 

2. I WISH I HAD BEEN MORE STRATEGIC IN THE BEGINNING 

There's always growth pains, and I wrote a post about how to grow a business online which you will find HERE. I'm not saying that I've made it, by any means, like at all. I'm just saying that I wish I had not been word vomiting and posting ridiculous photos in the beginning. I look back at my instagram, and I would like to formally thank everyone who followed my immature, neurotic 22 year old self. WOW. LOLZ! But, that's why when I see some of these younger girls on instagram and I'm like "Oh she's gonna hit 26 and regret DAT RIGHT THURR" hahaha or maybe she won't but I'm just saying! 

3. I WISH I HAD A TOUGHER SKIN TO START 

Y'all, someone could flat out write "You are ugly, and you look like a man, you are arrogant  and you are so stupid" and I legit don't think I'd care. I always write them off as a crazy animal who shouldn't be allowed to use the inter-webs and go about my day. I've seen it all and the beauty is that I know my heart, I know my desires and the things that I do are pure and righteous so accepting yourself as a business owner is KEY. You have to STAND by what you're doing. If you don't, you're going to constantly question what others will say about you in the social media spheres. 

4. I SHOULD HAVE READ A BOOK ON TAXES AND LOGISTICS 

Y'all, it might look like I'm not running anything over here, but it is complicated with all the laws and such and taxes and paying myself to Uncle Sam (which I can't stand). I almost wish that the programs that I use, they would just go ahead and take it out like you do at a job. Yes, I know that I should make a bank account that is just for tax money but really, it just breaks your heart to see thousands of your hard earned money go out the window to many things that you don't even agree with in politics #IWon'tGoThere

5. LEARN PHOTOGRAPHY

Visual things on the internet are all you have to stand by so unless you at least have some sort of clue about photography, no one is going to visually enjoy your page. I had to learn this the "hard" way I guess, but I've had some amazing people in my life (www.sweatstretcheat.com) who have truly invested time into our friendship and me to teach me things. {{And just a plug for her...she does incredible work and should have more of a following than she does. I really pray for her success in the online business sphere so much because she deserves it!}} I'll try to do a post on SIMPLE SIMPLE photography tricks that I use to create better photos. I'm in no way a photographer but I've come a long way. 

6. FIND WHAT YOU STAND FOR

This is huge, and so vital. You are creating an image and reputation of who you are on the internet especially if you are wanting to do like full time blogging. You are forming who people think that you are, and you need to be sure that this is someone that you are proud to be because it will follow you throughout your city and anywhere that you move. When people ask what I do, and I tell them, they want to see my page and my blog. I want to be proud of that. I'm honestly still embarrassed by a few things, which I'll touch on in the lessons to follow.

7. LOVE THE LORD MORE FROM DAY 1 

I was going to do a blog post today video of my testimony but I don't think that I'm going to have all the time to edit it and all of that so I wanted to write this one. I have had a big change in my faith over the past 2 years, and it's not that I haven't always loved the Lord because I have, but I've never committed my life to him like I am now. It's just different and it filters into everything else that you do. I'm happy with where I have led it to be but it wasn't like that in the beginning therefore I think that I have some people that follow me that are not actively engaged in anything because all they wanted to see was pictures of my body and I just am not really comfortable with it anymore. 

8. RECOGNIZE THAT IT'S GOING TO TAKE A MAJORITY OF YOUR LIFE AND TIME 

If you are going to create anything that is of value, it's going to take a lot of time. It's going to take a lot of effort. I knew when starting this blog October 1, 2014 that I had to commit to it. I had to post a lot and frequently or no one was going to want to follow it and it's your lifeline. If people aren't reading this or looking at my instagram, then they don't know me, they don't know what I'm about. You have to be diligent about it, but you also have to be patient. I'm not someone who just "got famous" online necessarily. I had to work at this, and all the people who act like they don't work it, are lying. You NEVER have 100K+ without trying. Please don't read that as a judgement because I could care less and I think everyone should work it if they want to create a business. I just don't really love when people act like "Ohhhh this just happened upon me because I'm so beautiful and awesome and I (quote) post good content" You should see my best friends page. I think it's awesome but she has like 200 followers because she doesn't care.

9. DON'T COMPARE YOURSELF 

This one is a big one, and I don't mean physique wise. I mean success. Success and greed can lead to some really nasty people. Everyone is jealous of the next girls success. He or she got the sponsorship or got the gig or got the ad or got more followers or more likes or more opportunities. The list could go on forever, and the internet is a massive place. Even those that may have the same following as you may be having more success than you, and that's most likely going to happen. You CANNOT compare yourself to that or you're going to drive yourself insane...because I've been there. 

10. DON'T MIMIC OTHERS

This was such a huge mistake I made. In the beginning, I was like "Okay this worked for him or her so I'm going to try that." NO! You need to be different in order for people to want to work with you or buy your product. If you are the same, and most likely if you are mimicking someone, that someone probably has a larger following therefore as referenced in a previous post, people go to the people with a larger following almost always even if they don't know ANYTHING. It's sad but just the way the world works. So, you want to be different. You want to set yourself apart, and be proud of that. 

11. CREATE A BUSINESS MODEL BUT BE WILLING TO CHANGE

Lastly, I have an idea of what I want to do and I've had that in mind for a long time but it hasn't happened yet just because things went a different direction then I originally planned. There are going to be many growing pains as you try to grow on social media and you just have to be willing to go along with that. It's not always easy and some days, I just want to delete all accounts and cuddle with my dogs and my husband on my couch, but just stay the path and roll with the punches and all the learning curves will work themselves out. 

With love and business, 

Katie



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