Entrepreneur, do you have difficulty keeping your enthusiasm intact in difficult times?
There is nothing like doing the work for yourself and being master of your time. But as you already know, running your own business can be exhausting in the long run.
You make decisions all day juggling many roles to maintain your business (manager, accountant, salesperson, marketer, designer, cleaning agent, receptionist and everything else).
And most of these roles often have nothing to do with your true passion, the reason you thought about starting your business in the first place.
So how to stay motivated by assuming all these functions? And especially during difficult times?
In the following, your SmallBusinessAct accountancy and online management firm offer you six tips to help you keep your entrepreneurial motivation.
The power of the delegation is wonderful. But many of us can not get started.
How many times have you painstakingly watched your screen trying to understand an accounting spreadsheet or solving such a tedious administrative problem?
We can not be good everywhere, so we have to delegate tasks that we do not control (or just those that bother us mortally), so we can focus on the things we like to do and we do really well.
One way to delegate critical business tasks without off-budget recruitment is through virtual assistance. Many virtual assistants have very extensive skills, far beyond a simple administrator.
Can you not afford to pay someone else?
Delegating tasks does not have to cost you money. Look for an opportunity for sharing skills.
For example, can you offer something that you produce in your company in exchange for a billing/accounting/ writing service? Never underestimate your business or the value of your offer.
As you grow your business, it’s important to socialize not only with prospects but also with mentors and experienced entrepreneurs.
Even if you think you do not have a minute to devote to your network, try to spend some time there anyway. They know what you are going through. They will be able to see your situation from a different perspective, and you will be able to bounce on someone’s ideas.
Always remember that even if you think that some people you meet do not have anything in common with you, you do not know what they know and what they can bring you.
The networking allows you to build new relationships, but also to maintain your motivation and dynamism. Meeting other entrepreneurs nurtures enthusiasm and brings fresh ideas to experiment for your business.
- Ask for help
If there is someone who does certain things, contact him and invite him to have a coffee.
Or, if you feel really brave and that fits your situation, ask him for advice.
Everyone loves a little flattery. If I receive an email that compliments my business sense, I will gladly accept an invitation to chat over coffee.
Complementing well dosed can lead you everywhere, and also allow you to acquire a broad base of knowledge.
So do not be afraid to take the first step, contact and ask … the worst you can expect being told “no”.
- Break the routine at work
Performing tasks that are too repetitive and boring creates routine stress and can be fatal for a business project, resulting in an erosion of one’s mental, physical, and intellectual resources.
- So here’s what you can do to avoid these pitfalls:
- Vary your tasks and expand your field of action,
- Rearrange your workspace,
- Sometimes take a break in the middle of the week,
- Organize an outside meeting once a month.
- Take care of yourself
Running your own business means investing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
But invested and overworked are two very different concepts.
Your body must be on top to reach its full potential. Give yourself times to “unplug”, hang out with family and friends, go for walks, sign up for a gym, read or watch TV and even take a vacation!
This break will give your brain time to rest and re-calibrate so you can come back ready to run a successful business.
Here are some tips to be at your best:
Identify symptoms of your discomfort such as poor eating habits, stress, lack of energy, etc.
Spend some time on your well-being. Do you take enough time to play sports, read a book, enjoy a meal, have a good night’s sleep?
There is no harm if you cancel a program and replace it with an activity you like. What can we say no? Are you indispensable to this meeting? Does the world stop if you leave work a little earlier?
Ask yourself how you can incorporate healthy habits into your daily routine. For example, could you get off the bus a few stops early to walk? Could you plan a walk in the country over the weekend?
Think about how much these activities can help you feel good in a few weeks.
Linden, orange blossom, chamomile, verbena or valerian, choose a tea that you like and drink it slowly while listening to soft music.
Spoil yourself at least once a week: you’ve probably heard about tea-time, but do you know the me-time?
It could be a long relaxation in a bath with lavender or reading a book, without bothering you, without hurrying, without stress, a time spent to please you.
Be positive: smile to others, compliment your colleagues and friends, have thought of gratitude for everything that works well in your life and focuses on them.
- Maintain one’s passion
If you decide to start your own business and spend most of your time there, be sure to choose something you like.
It is by loving one thing that one is motivated, not the opposite!
So if you are not motivated from the beginning, you cannot be stimulated in the long run. Hence the importance of being passionate about what you create. It is this passion that gives us wings and animates us.
Keep your motivation up and watch your business grow.
This may seem like a small detail, but maintaining motivation can mean the difference between a small, successful business and a company that is going downhill.
Often, what distinguishes a successful business from one that is not, is not better products or services. It’s not even a smarter marketing strategy or a bigger budget. It is instead the resilience and the will of the entrepreneur.…