7 Things I've Learned in 7 Years of Business

I started Kortni Jeane with no expectations of it being where it is today. To have grown the way it has, the relationships I’ve been able to make and develop, the community that has come along with it, the connections I have made and the stories you’ve allowed me to be a part of. This whole journey has been filled with the unexpected, good and bad, but I feel incredibly blessed to do it. I have learned a lot over the years, through hardships, mistakes, highs and lows, I’ve definitely learned a lesson or two. So here are the top 7 things that I’ve learned in the seven years of Kortni Jeane:
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1. A strong team makes a strong brand
The right people are worth everything. To be successful in a business or anything really, you must invest in others. No matter if you’re just starting out or if your business is seven years old, utilize and focus on your own strengths and then hire others for the rest. Yes, we know you can do it all but you don’t have to. Remember, if you stretch yourself too thin then the things you are the best at start to lack and the things you are okay at get more attention from you personally than they should. 
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2. You’ll fail and fail again
Without mistakes how would we learn? There’s no better way to know what does work when we learn what doesn’t. I am personally grateful for the failures I’ve had. It’s forced me to learn quickly and problem solve -- there isn’t much time for being sad or upset! I now know a lot of things that do and don’t work for my business.  
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3. Communication is key
This is true in all things, yes? Whether in work, relationships, in the home, etc. Making sure everyone is on the same page means things go smoother. So don’t be afraid to call employees, set meetings, and send multiple emails. Do what you need to and don’t hold back.  
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4. Never stop learning
Allow growth within yourself. Podcasts, books, networking, mentors, online courses… There are so many ways to keep gaining knowledge, something you can never have too much of. It is easy to just focus on your business and the things you already know - but the world around you is growing so it’s important that you do too. You never know what precious gems you’ll pick up that will grow your business. 
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5. Structure is key
Your time is precious. So set a schedule for yourself. Time management is absolutely essential for running a successful business, a home, you name it! It is all too easy to get sucked into a trap of focusing on one task for the day and everything else gets pushed aside. I like to schedule out my days by the hours so I know how I want my time divided. How long does each task need my attention in the day? This doesn’t take away the late nights or early mornings but helps me stay on task, get things done on time, and avoid (most) distractions. 
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6. Relationships
We’ve heard about networking but I like to think of this as finding your BFFs in the biz. Someone doing what you’re doing in a sense and leaning on one another. Also don’t be afraid to ask for help and allow others to help. And make time to help them if they need it. You aren’t alone in this. These are the people that “get it”. 
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7. Get out of your comfort zone
All too easily you may get stuck in a rut or even worse feel “safe” in what you are doing. Push your boundaries, set yourself apart from competitors, and do the unexpected. This is how you grow, strengthen customer relationships, and offer a product/service far better than when you started. 
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Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the love each of you have given to Kortni Jeane these last 7 years. I appreciate all the support and can flaunt that I have the best customers out there! We wouldn’t be here without you! Cheers to the friendships we’ve been able to make through the world of Kortni Jeane🍻 
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xoxo
Kortni


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