Cobblers’ Collective Mistakes Jar Edition

We anonymously submitted some of our mistakes to the jar today, and pulled them out to share them.  This is one of the more popular Cobbler’s topics, so we’ll be taking down the mistakes jar monthly, unless we’re talking about goals.  If you want to put your mistake in the jar, feel free to do that anytime!

The great thing about the mistakes jar, is that most of us ARE MAKING THE SAME MISTAKES.  Hard to believe, right?  But, yes we’re all goofing in the same way, so we can help each other fix these mistakes along with ourselves!

Today’s mistakes included:

Jumping on technology too fast.
When you jump on a technology, it’s not just a financial commitment, it’s a time commitment.  Even if the technology (or book, or class, or system) you purchased will help you with a problem, you have to remember it takes time to implement and really learn about the technology.

Not taking time for yourself.
Just schedule it, and keep that commitment.  Your problems will be there when you get back.  If you don’t take care of You, then You won’t be able to take care of your business.  When you do take time to yourself, make your time count.  Do something that truly makes you happy and rejuvenates you.

Not validating/verifying information.
We’ve all done this.  Missed a tiny number that should have been verified, published something with the wrong date or location, or just trusted the client didn’t goober up their spelling.  Sometimes we’re just going too fast, but most of the time we just don’t have a system in place to make sure we’ve double checked ourselves.  Perhaps it’s time for an “Outbound” checklist.

Putting the wrong people in a position.
It’s really hard to train personality traits into people, actually it’s downright impossible.  Some people are just not who you want them to be.  Even if they have the skillset and they’d be really great at job X, if they’re not feeling it they’re not gonna do it.   Some solutions are: get to know people on a more personal level before hiring them, make a job description and have others help you interview so you get a different perspective.

Seeking business approval from family & friends.
Not everyone’s friends and family are entrepreneurly savvy.  As much as we want to share our victories, and challenges, with the people in our lives who are close to us, they’re not always the right people to help you evaluate your business.  It’s important to find someone who understands the unique experience small business ownership is.  Better yet, find two people; one in your industry and one outside your industry.