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What It Takes to Be Your Own Boss

by Ashley Feinstein Gerstle, Contributing Writer

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What advice would you give someone about franchising or owning their own business?

When it comes to starting a business, we don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Those who have been there before are full of wonderful advice and guidance, and it’s important to build a team of mentors and advisors that we can turn to for help along the way.

“Get a team that will help you be accountable to your business,” Battle advises. “Get involved in your business and learn every position so you can eventually pull back to be the visionary to grow it. Never take on more you can handle because your reputation is valuable.”

Kelly shares the following three pieces of advice:

1. Maintain a positive attitude, because that is essential for success.

Energy is the fuel that feeds our attitude and it needs to be replenished on a daily basis. Having a positive attitude is a conscious choice, so when negative thoughts creep in, stop them in their tracks and replace them with positive self-talk. Repeat words or phrases that focus on affirming truths about you. Surround yourself with like-minded people who are an inspiration and who will provide encouragement. Positivity allows you to see the potential that lies within you and gives you the faith to step outside of the box to achieve your dreams.

2. Have a motto that you believe in and live by, as it will motivate you when the work gets difficult.

The one question I always ask myself is: What is the worst that can happen? Every day, I also always tell myself: If you do things for the right reasons, only the right thing can happen. Do whatever it takes for as long as it takes.

3. Don’t let ‘no’ or an obstacle stop you.

Adversity cultivates inner strength, so don’t throw a pity party when life gets tough. Instead, look for the inner lessons to be learned and apply them to your life. Character isn’t born from an easy life – it’s forged through pushing through trials and being persistent.

If you are starting out on the road to become your own boss, understand that it will come with challenges and adversity but that it’s also an extremely meaningful and exciting journey. Don’t be afraid to learn from other entrepreneurs. And like those who have mentored and advised you, pass down your wisdom and experience to those following in your footsteps.

Ashley Feinstein Gerstley is a money coach demystifying the world of money and personal finance. Get her exclusive how-to guide “30 Days to Financial Bliss” (, free for Military Transition News readers.

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