One of the great things about the Internet and the various digital technologies that we are surrounded by these days, is that it’s now possible – to a degree that it never really was before – for people to become entrepreneurs and to explore their passions at the drop of a hat.
If you’re not fulfilled with your current day job, you could work to start up a cooking business, a travel review company, or any number of other things.
Of course, to get any small business off the ground you need to be able to stay motivated in the face of various challenges.
Here are a few tips for staying motivated when you are trying to get a small business off the ground.
Even if you’re working from home, dress and present yourself each morning in a way that makes you feel the part
Starting up your own business usually means working from home – at least for a decent length of time.
While that sounds great in theory, and means that you can manage your own schedule entirely as you see fit, it can also lead to a lack of structure and focus – something that actually affects many new entrepreneurs, freelancers, and remote workers.
One great way to push back against this and to stay motivated (instead of becoming jaded), is to get up at a regular time each morning, and to dress and present yourself in a way that makes you feel the part – as opposed to working in your pyjamas all day.
That might mean wearing a classic pair of round eyeglasses and a suit, or it might mean something more along the lines of “smart casual,” depending on the industry you’re in.
Maintain balance, and be sure to sleep enough and eat properly
A lot of entrepreneurs lose their motivation because they totally burn themselves out thanks to a neglect of work-life balance. It’s understandable that you’re excited about your business, and that you want to work hard in order to get it off the ground.
But your business isn’t likely to thrive very well as time goes on, if you end up having a major crash and losing all your energy (not to mention your health,) along the way. So, maintain balance, and be sure to eat and sleep properly and enough. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of both sleep and nutrition.
Always have a couple of goals to focus on, so that you can maintain momentum, and so that setbacks don’t totally devastate you
Failure and setback are inevitable in the life of an entrepreneur – it’s just that the great entrepreneurs who end up making a real name for themselves manage to successfully move past and absorbed the lessons of their failures, when they do eventually return to the drawing board.
In order to prevent all of your motivation from being sapped by failures and mishaps when they do occur, always have a couple of goals to focus on at any given time, so that if one doesn’t prove fruitful, you can still maintain momentum and shift your attention over to the next one.