Updated: Feb 1
Hey, it’s Leo.
I am the founder of Vegan Brussels and organiser of the yearly LIFE Festival in Brussels.
Now I am coaching other passionate entrepreneurs to start and grow their business.
To be honest, in starting and growing my own business, I've made a lot of rookie mistakes which means I also learned a lot of lessons. That why I want to share a couple of those lessons with you and help you avoid them.
Here are 3 common mistakes that I see vegan entrepreneurs make:
They don’t have a clear revenue plan. We all start with passion & drive to create a conscious business, to influence a lot of people, to be really successful. But without the right strategy to make your passion profitable, your business won't not be sustainable in the long run. You need to define how your business will make money. More especially, you need to get rid of the parts of your business where you are putting in way too much effort & not getting anything return. A lot of starting businesses fail in their first year because of money issues. I don’t want your dream to stay a side hustle, you deserve to do what you & the world needs you to work on this 24/7. Well not 24/7… That brings me to part 3.
They don’t take time to prioritise & delegate. It is SO easy to get wrapped up in the everyday hustle of your business, doing all the tasks, all the time, to take on any job out of fear of losing opportunities, or customers or cash. This is dangerous as you risk working yourself into the ground & not achieving the results you wanted. You are letting the business run you instead of you running the business. So please before you burn out, take the time to set the right systems in place that make your business run smoothly.
They try to do it all by themselves. Many entrepreneurs start out all alone, working extremely hard to bring their vision to life and finding it hard to ask for help or bring other people on board because "who could do it better than I do?!". This strategy rapidly stumps your growth & keeps you at a low-level. If you delegate smartly & get help from people that have specific skills that you don't, you can grow your business better & faster than doing it all alone. Do no try to do everything by yourself. Focus on what you are good at and leave the rest to others. It will not only help your business, it will help you, your time and your energy.
Here comes my plug… I started coaching other passionate entrepreneurs because I WISH I had started seeking help earlier. I launched myself into this crazy adventure of starting a business - just like you probably did, - organising festivals without ever getting help, a team, delegating, and without learning from others. I've made a ton of mistakes along the way (and learned a lot of lessons), and while I think it's impossible to avoid them all, getting someone on board to add a different perspective, to help you get clarity, to set up a real action plan and to push you along the way can be a lifesaver for your business.
So if you would give me the opportunity, I would love to go over your business together & see how we can tweak it into it’s best version. Or if you are just sitting on an idea and don’t know where to start, let’s chat & make your dream a reality.
You are amazing. I believe in you.