Running your own small business can be wonderful, although it can also be very overwhelming, stressful and tiring. Often we get distracted by the many different “hats” we must wear, and don’t find the time to stop and assess whether we are happy, and if not why and how to fix it.
If the passion you once had for starting a small business is running low, then you are probably trying to “do it all” which may eventually leave you feeling drained and possibly very unhappy – questioning whether you should continue on in business.
So, here are some simple yet highly effective tips to help you get back to enjoying what you do most:
Learn from others.
Including their mistakes, successes and anything else they want to share. Join a local business group or a business chamber and ask as many questions as possible.
If you don’t like doing it, don’t.
Outsource it instead. Remember that you are the boss and you if you don’t like doing it, your clients will know and that isn’t good for business.
Just because you can do it doesn’t mean you should.
Have you found yourself in a meeting with a prospective client saying “yep, sure we can do that” when it isn’t even in your service offering? This is a bad habit to keep. You end up stretching yourself thin for a service you most likely cannot provide effectively or make enough money on. Just refer it on and stick to your core offering.
Don’t expect so much from yourself.
I find that small business owners are big on massive to do lists on a daily basis, only to be disappointed they didn’t tick them all off. Set yourself THREE tasks to complete a day. If you achieve more, bonus.
Have a vision board.
A personal one and professional one. Write down the reason why you started working for yourself, was it for a new car or a better lifestyle? Do you want your business to move into an office in 5 years? Cut out pictures that represent your “vision” and stick them on a board and place it in your office for motivation.
You will be surprised how happy you will feel taking control of your business and remembering the reason why you started your business in the first place.