5. Connect and Grow Online

The most useful tool of all I have found to help build these essential relationships is having a website that I can make changes to myself. Like many small business owners, I was set on getting the ultimate custom original website regardless of the cost. I ended up paying around $4,000 for a website which at first seemed like a great deal, it was really cool looking, but I soon began to realize that having such a fancy custom website wasn’t all that I thought it would be.

After only having the website for a short while I came out with a new guitar model, and suddenly my new website was no longer accurate and as time went on it quickly became outdated. Because it was totally custom made I couldn’t make any changes to it, and to hire someone to do it was more than I could afford at the time, especially after spending so much to have it made the first time.

Thankfully, I found out that there were cheaper and better looking ways out there that cost a fraction of the price and were simple enough for me to make changes and add products myself to keep my website growing along with my business.

6. Don’t Just Learn from Your Mistakes

My hope is that as you have read this article you may have realized that you are not alone in your struggles and were inspired to make some changes in your business, or if you are just starting out on your entrepreneurial adventure, maybe you will avoid some of the hardships I endured in my journey. Learning from our own mistakes is essential to make progress as individuals and as business owners, but there is still an even better way: learning from other people’s mistakes.

Now that you have heard about a few of my mistakes and some of the ways I’ve overcome them, do you have any lessons you learned the hard way that you’d like to share? If so leave a comment below!

This article originally appeared on Christian Personal Finance. Used with permission.

Tom Bills has been hand crafting one of a kind custom archtop guitars since 1998. Tom’s guitars are considered to be among the best instruments ever made by collectors and players worldwide. He has written for many online and print publications including his book, The Creation of the Natura Elite Archtop Guitar which is currently available in print or for free download on his website.

Christian Personal Finance is a resource dedicated to building God's Kingdom and helping others through money.

Publication date: November 20, 2012