Posted on February 7, 2016

Ready to Give Up? Not an Option

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Don't go back to work full-time, live your dream as a business owner

Confession: I recently considered going back to work full-time. Why? If I went back to work,  I’d get a paycheck twice a week and a secure pension. If I went back to work, there’d be no more building a business and networking. I’d work eight hours a day with weekends off. And then, I thought what would be missing from a full-time job: full-time passion and independence.

It’s easy to become discouraged when you are establishing a brand. Everything is on you. You make the decisions. You take the glory. You take the blame. You pay the bills. You might be profitable. You might not.

But giving up your dream, your business, is not an option. Ever. Here’s why: if you give up too soon, your ultimate dream will never be realized. Sometimes, you've got to have a few restless nights before you can wake up and make that dream come true.… Click To Tweet

And as you are enduring those business highs and lows, here are a few ideas to keep you motivated:

Create a network of other business owners.

Notice I did not say join a professional organization or business association. I said create. Do you need a group filled with other business owners where you exchange ideas? Do you need a support group that will help you understand that the “lows” associated with being an entrepreneur will not last forever? Do you need one or two like-minded businesswomen to grab lunch with and just chat? Establish what you need in a network.

Find a hobby. 

Let’s face it: you can’t just run your business. You need some creative outlet that will feed your soul. Maybe once upon a time your business was your hobby and you did it in your spare time as a way to relax after a long day at work. That’s not the case now. Carve out some free time and explore some new activities. These activities just might give you a much-needed recharge.

Develop routines that will keep you organized.

Preparation is key to not only running a business well, but also feeling great as a business owner. Every month, I sit down and plan my family’s meals. I have a cleaning schedule (sometimes it works, sometimes it does not!) I also have a schedule for my business. This way, I can be all that I need to be for my family, my clients, and…I’m even working on myself!

Remember why you began. 

What made you decide to turn a hobby into a business? A side hustle into a full-time enterprise? I don’t have the answer to this question. You do. So when you feel like throwing in the towel and turning on that “closed for business” sign, remember why you started your business. That one thought should be all the motivation you need!

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20 Comments

  • Reply krystle cook February 7, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Great tips!! I know you can accomplish your dreams 🙂

    • Reply Femi February 8, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      Thank you! So can you!!!

  • Reply Kemkem February 12, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Good for you! The road to success is going to be bumpy, but it’s important to remember what your end goal is. I wish you much success..namesake (my middle name) 🙂

    • Reply Femi February 15, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      Your middle name is Femi?!? Fabulous, lady!

  • Reply Donna Shana February 12, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    I love these tips. I need to find a hobby. My spare time is blogging and I definitely need an outlet.

  • Reply Jay | Relaxed Thairapy February 12, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Dreams are sometimes not able to be accomplished or at least I think so. However, you can be creative and make the best of the situation that’s before you.

  • Reply Porshia LaShae February 12, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Great advice for everyone who is working on a goal. Never give up and find you a tribe of supporters. You got this!

  • Reply Jamila February 14, 2016 at 4:07 am

    I totally needed this, thanks for sharing. I’m bookmarking this page : )

    • Reply Femi February 15, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      Happy it hit a nerve!

  • Reply Christine @MomsNCharge February 15, 2016 at 12:14 am

    I love all of these tips! So super important to keep in mind when building a business. It’s not always easy, but in my opinion, it’s always worth it 🙂

    • Reply Femi February 15, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      It’s absolutely worth it!!!

  • Reply Kim February 15, 2016 at 11:19 am

    I’m here for all of this! Your dream may not come into fruition today or tomorrow, but it may come through eventually. If you give up, you’ll never know.

    • Reply Femi February 15, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      My thoughts exactly. I keep reminding myself not to give up

  • Reply Valerie Robinson February 15, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    This advice is so perfect and could not have come at a better time. Thanks!

    • Reply Femi February 15, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      So happy that my post was timely for you, too! I’ve been a bit frustrated with the blog and with business but I have to remember the big picture.

  • Reply Kara February 15, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Awesome tips, it’s awesome to go after your dreams & see what you can accomplish along the way

    • Reply Femi February 15, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks! It is certainly an exhilarating feeling to accomplish goals.

  • Reply Shantel February 15, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    OMG this post is a sign. I was just talking about this myself.I just left my job in May and things have been good but not GREAT so I too had considering going back to the work world until things picked up, but then I got two new clients the next morning and I said to myself just be patient Shantel things will pick up.

    • Reply Femi February 15, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Congrats to your new clients! Entrepreneurship isn’t easy but it’s most definitely worth it to your own lane.

  • Reply Tyra February 19, 2016 at 11:38 am

    This is so key! There are many times we want to throw in the towel but having a great network and taking time to reflect on why we are doing it is so important.

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