As a small business owner, I know a little something about trying to balance life and work. I also know just how hard it is to motivate yourself every day and keep your clients, family and yourself on an even keel.
Some days it is really hard to keep yourself from throwing in the towel and getting a paying job, but you know in your heart of hearts that that won’t really work for you. You left that behind to do what you love right? So, why after a year or so do you start feeling like you made a mistake?
Once the rush of actually getting a business off the ground and trying to make a go of it has faded into the daily grind of running your business it can become very, very hard to stay motivated. Especially since you probably don’t have the cash to hire help just yet.
Additionally, your spouse, while supportive at fist, is starting to get nervous about the actual money being deposited into the bank account and may start to become, shall we say, less than supportive.
So, what is the answer?
The following things work for me and might work for you as well.
Every day, listen to at least one uplifting or message from another business person to give yourself that sense of belonging that you had as an employee. Post inspirational messages in your work space that remind you why you do what you do. Make the space attractive, even if like me, your office is in a closet.
Most Importantly, don’t forget to schedule time for yourself each and every day no matter what. Put this on your schedule and make it real. DO NOT let a client or anyone else have this time. It is yours. Do something you love, take a walk, take yourself to lunch (even packing a picnic can be very refreshing and inexpensive).
Find a business group to join and not just any group, one that supports your struggles. No such group, start one. It seems like a lot when you have an already full plate, but you have to. No one understands your struggle like another business owner.
You will be surprised just how many other business people are also struggling with trying to do it all. In the early stages you need support and understanding and as business people we need to support one another in our quest to live our dream.
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Till next month..keep your MOJO going!