Solo Professionals and Self-Doubt – Simple Strategies to Deal With Self-Doubt

My business victories, big or small, are sometimes an exercise in moving out of self-doubt.

Think of self-doubt like limbo. It’s this suspended state between absolutes. One absolute is positive belief; the other absolute is knowing for sure that it can’t be done. And in-between? Well, you’re not sure. That’s doubt.

A fellow business coach and I were discussing the obstacles solo-professionals face in creating a flourishing business. The decision? Lots of those obstacles are self-imposed!

An idea was sparked and a telesummit was born that would address those obstacles. I have never hosted one before, and it is testing my comfort zones. Excitement for the idea quickly made twists and turns into moments of questioning.

Will people really be interested in what I have to say?
Can I find the right people to participate? And will they say yes?
What if no one registers and I look like a fool?
What if, what if, what if?
One of my biggest “self-doubt limbo” moments was asking a particular speaker to participate. I was at a large event with her and saw my opportunity. I knew if I didn’t take it, it would be forever lost. I decided then and there the risk of not asking was much greater than the risk of opening my mouth. The result? She agreed!
Dealing with doubt in this example has come down to three basic things: realization, decision-making, and focused action.

I accepted the fact that the self-doubt was there, and I decided it wouldn’t rule the outcome.
I listed all of the tasks that needed to be done to make it happen. Getting those tasks on paper made them a lot less daunting; I could cross them off one at a time.
I asked for advice from those who have accomplished this before.
I decided that even if the worst-case scenario happened, it would still be worth the risk to stretch myself.
I realized that success has already happened. I’ve already learned new skills and increased my visibility.
Each day I do the smaller tasks that keep the effort moving forward.
Realization, decision-making, and focused action have help me stay on the absolute side of positive belief!
I now invite you to learn more by registering for a complimentary tele-summit, “Four Ways to Flourish for Solopreneurs,” beginning 9/29/2009.


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Top 3 Things You Should Do Before Choosing Your Private Label Olive Oil Supplier

There are many reasons why people are ecstatic about creating their own product line of olive oil.

One reason is its growing market. As people become more aware of the benefits brought by it, the demand is steadily increasing. The fact that you can find olive oil as an ingredient in almost any healthy product, any entrepreneur would really be tempted to join the industry.

Another reason is passion. Health gurus and beauty bloggers are just a few of the people who love olive oil, and incorporating their passion into their business is never a bad idea, right?

So before you start choosing and calling your private label olive oil supplier, here are the top three most important things you should do first:

Study the Market

Regardless if you already own a business or are just starting up, you should study first your target marketplace.

Who would possibly buy it? Can your market afford to purchase extra virgin olive oil? The best customers are those who won’t mind paying a high price as long as the product is worth it. But this is not the only factor you should consider.

Price Competition

Knowing the current prices on the market will serve as your guideline in choosing the right supplier in terms of the pricing of bulk orders.

You can also determine how much profit you can gain, and how competitive you can be in the market. More importantly, since you are creating a privately labeled line, make sure that your price can compete with the branded ones.

Qualify the Suppliers

Truth is, the olive oil industry is quite a small niche, so you will want your product to stand out.

Basically, you can really stand out if you choose the right packaging. Packaging includes the style of the bottle, how much of it you want in a single bottle, and also, the creativeness of the whole packaging concept.

But the question is, can the manufacturer achieve this kind of packaging?

There are a lot of suppliers, but if you think that you can just pick the right one up easily, think again. The right supplier should, above all, catch up on your vision for your products.

For example, the best private label olive oil supplier are those who have sample packages ready but also welcomes their clients’ ideas and desired characteristics. There are even companies that will send a virtual sample for their clients to see how their order will look like. This kind of flexibility gives ultimate freedom for the clients to own their product.

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