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!