Maya Gaddie is a digital mentor who helps people build their virtual life to make their real life more productive. She wants to find the right tools to help you go from a business that feels like a job, to something that makes you say “I love what I do and how I do it”. She tells us that there are so many tools out there to help new businesses that the key is to find the one that works best for you.
This wasn’t Maya’s plan all along. In fact, she never planned on working with technology. She started off her career in journalism with aspirations to one day be anchoring a news program or be reporting from the field on important issues.
After a few years of working in the industry, she realized the job wasn’t what she hoped it would be. It was more about office politics and less about informing the viewer of important news. She felt stuck, so she transitioned into a sales/marketing role. This gave her more freedom, which she had always wanted.
A few years ago she lost her job, so she took that opportunity to start her own business. Now she helps relatively new businesses set up technology systems, so they can work more effectively.
Key UnStuckable Takeaway
Understand your needs!
What motivates you? What does your client need? You have to know what you need in order to get the right tool for the job. There are many tools out there, some of which have features you simply won’t need. By knowing exactly what it is you need, you can choose the right tool for the job to work more effectively.
Quick Action to Get Unstuck
Make a list of your skills in 30 minutes.
Set a timer for 30 minutes. During this time, think about all the skills you have that may be marketable to others. Brainstorm some ideas as to how you can best use these skills. Think about which one you like the most and which ones come easiest to you. After this, go online and find a way to network with people in this fields that can benefit from your mix of skills. Pick the skill you are going to market and then start reaching out to a few people.
UnStuckable Quotes From Maya
“I was always really interested in streamlining things.”
“I put my eggs in every basket.”
“I really just wanted to prove myself and get some experience.”
“It’s about being confident enough to go out there and market it on your own.”
“Boundaries matter so much.”
“Clients are the most important part of your business.”
“I think what makes someone unstuckable is that they are ready to persevere.”
“Be open to whatever the universe has to offer.”
More Habits & Actions
- Before becoming an entrepreneur, Maya had a job working in sales. She says this allowed her to “practice” being an entrepreneur because it was like having a micro-business.
- Maya says that when she was starting out, she went as many places as she could where she could network. She went to a lot of conventions to try and meet people in her niche.
- Maya also searched online for ways to meet people and connect with them.
- In order to have a good client relationship, you need to set boundaries with them. Tell them when you’ll be working, how you’ll communicate with them, etc. and stick to these boundaries.
- Learn to communicate your values and your needs. If you don’t do this, people won’t know what it is you want, and you therefore won’t get it.
- There are a ton of tools on the web that you can use to help your business, but not all of them are right for you. Figure out what your learning style is in order to get the best tool for you. Don’t just go with the popular tool that everyone else is using, as it may not be the right fit for you.
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