Applying our personal experiences to our business plan

I’ve been wanting to do this for quite some time. I’ve even been advised against it. But I see an ever-growing trend in the blogging world……Mixing pleasure with business.

Bloggers are evolving and depending on your business niche, some are using their life experiences to help promote their businesses.

How to apply your personal experiences to your business plan

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Bloggers like Ryan Biddulph, Dana Gore, Elena Peters, and Christina Berry are sharing it all and are very successful. Even Lisa Sicard of Inspire to Thrive has been adding some personal experiences to her content! I want to join their club! Whether it’s a big “no-no” to mix my pleasurable lifestyle experiences with my small business, it’s just something I have to try. We never know until we try, right?

There are so many things in our personal lives that we can use to help us in our businesses. Routines. Determination. Dedication to name a few. But how can we apply these daily vices to our business plan?

My Top 5 Tips for Mixing Personal with Business

I’m sure techniques will vary from one blogger to another so maybe you might want to follow the bloggers I mentioned above to get a better idea of how they are doing it. 😉

1. Drop the fear factor

When trying something new, there is always a fear factor. Getting past it and implementing the change(s) you want is key.

It’s all in the mindset.

Remember, if we don’t try it, we’ll never know if it could be a success!

Forget what you learned years ago about do’s and don’ts of blogging and try walking to your own beat. Find your “unique” voice and let it flow.

2. Don’t worry about what others think

I mean, it is important that others like to read the content on your blog, as well as whatever products or services that you are selling. However, to find out that your favorite entrepreneur actually has a “life” outside of his/her blog and is a “real” person with ups and downs is such a fabulous feeling.

Personally, I can relate better to these folks and am more apt to purchase their products or services.

Walk to your own beat! Be unique!

In my opinion, there is no right or wrong. Find what works for you and do it!

3. Remember, you can always go back

If for whatever reason the change isn’t working for you, remember, you can always go back.

So you publish a few blog posts with your “trial” content and they are a total flop. Don’t worry! Posts can always be deleted! I’m sure your audience will forgive you and haven’t Unsubscribed after a post or two.

4. Before you implement, make sure you have a plan

Don’t go into this blindly. Make sure you write out your plan, double and triple check it before proceeding.

By writing it out and giving it a few days, weeks, or months, you can go back and review your game plan. Maybe you had an impulsive idea. Going back to that idea a few weeks later may give you a different perspective.

Think

Write

Plan

Review

Repeat

It never hurts to give yourself time and really think about your impending changes.

5. Relate your experiences to your business

I’m a virtual assistant on the side. A virtual assistant is one who can help anyone with any of their online and offline needs. I strive to help people with their blogs.

My past experiences of blogging failures non-successes can help others achieve what they are looking for.

My past experiences as a graphics artist and marketing rep can help others in promoting their blogs, products, and services. Do you know how many people struggle to create content for Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook?

My past and current experiences of rehabilitating rescue dogs can help one grow their business. It takes time, patience, dedication, determination, routine, and so much more to help these poor dogs turn their lives around. Without these vices, they may not succeed. This can be applied in our everyday business world, no?

Absolutely can!

In order to grow our businesses and be a success, we must not forget about time, patience, dedication, determination, and routine. These are essential in our daily lives as well as our businesses.

Are you ready to shake things up?

I am and I will. This is just the precursor to what is yet to come.

Don’t forget me if you need assistance with your blogs. I’ll be updating my services shortly to include Social Media Content and Images. It’s something I enjoy doing for sure.

But most of all, try to add a spice of your life to your business plan. See how it works for you! It may just be the ticket to push your business and blog that much further.

Are you ready? Let’s plan it out in the comments!

9 thoughts on “Applying our personal experiences to our business plan

  1. Hi Bren,
    This is indeed some of the best advice and tips for bloggers, especially newbies. In most anything that we want to do, there is a measure of fear, like, are you sure what you’re doing? It’s not going to work, etc. If you keep these in mind you will never accomplish anything. I love that you hinted to put that fear away from you and move on to the next step. I was afraid when I started but I had this will power that was pushing up when I was feeling down. One month after I started online and without a blog I made my first $100 blogging. That was the motivation I need to keep pressing forward.
    Thanks for sharing these tips, Bren!

    1. Moss, you are definitely a power blogger in my eyes! One month and you scored? That’s awesome! I think fear is a factor for all of us. Fear we will fail or not achieve our goals. Still 9 years later and I still have fear when I blog and fear in my business. However, I’m learning how to manage it better so it won’t deter me from my goals. I’m glad you enjoyed my tips and as always, I appreciate you sharing your wisdom with us. I hope you have a great weekend!

      B

      1. Hi Bren,

        You are welcome. I encourage put it all away and tell yourself that you can make it in the digital marketing space. Fear is just a deterrent and you have to fight it. The motivation I got in my first month when I was paid $100 to write even without my blog taught me a good lesson, my dear. As a freshman in the blogging industry, I didn’t know what I was doing because I needed to improve my writing skills, but I accepted the offer and learned to do the job along the way.
        If I had allowed fear to get hold o me, I wouldn’t have made $600 from that first client, because that one gig turns out or resulted to 5 more writing jobs from the same client. Fear is a factor we must all defeat if we want to thrive online!

  2. I am with you Bren; sharing personal stories bonds me to bloggers. Example; hearing your pitties – kiddie pit bulls LOL – stories via social vibed so much with me. My sisters owned pits and I roomed with a dude who had the cutest pit bull. Beautiful dogs. Sharing offline stories helps us be more human, to humans. Thanks for the shout out!

    1. Hi Ryan! You are a PRO at sharing your personal with your business world! You are one I want to be like (when I grow up). LOL I always read your helpful content and hope that it’s sinking into my thick head here. As always, I appreciate you taking the time to comment! Rock on, my friend!

  3. Hey Bren,
    Yep, I do include some personal experiences in my work. I’ve learned so much over the years and I can’t help but share this in my work.
    Plus, I think it makes it easier for others to relate. I know I appreciate getting to know the human behind the content. I’ve always found your posts refreshingly honest and transparent.

    Thanks for the shout out. That was a nice surprise 🙂

    1. Oh my gosh, Dana. I’m so sorry I missed this! I know you include your personal experiences and do a beautiful job at it. Your content is such an inspiration to me and to many others who read it. I’m going around and around with my blog here. At times I wonder if I really need it. On another note, I’m going back to my dog blog and am totally excited about it! Talk about personal experiences! LOL Thanks, as always, for your comment and your support! Muwah!

  4. Hi Bren, oh yes, I think you can mix them as long as you don’t overdo the personal. TMI is what I would eer on the side of caution. But, of course, if it helps others that are reading – I say go all out for it. That’s the #1 thing – if it will help others. I do from time to time like you mention share about my personal stories. I’m hoping it teaches something 🙂 Thanks for the mention too Bren and best of luck with the new blog here. I’m sure you will do well!

    1. I absolutely agree, Lisa. Too much will definitely be a killer. Trust me, I have no plans of breaking out my old girly blog content and posting it here. 😁 However. There are things I’d like to share and hopefully relate them to any business. I guess we’ll see what happens! Thanks, as always, for your advice and support!

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