If you’re anything like us, you experience the emotional highs and lows of running your own business.
They don’t call it a roller-coaster journey for nothing! And aren’t the highs really high, just as the lows are as low as they get?
While all business owners find the highs GREAT to deal with, many find the lows really tough. Running your own business is a lonely thing to do. Even if you have a supportive partner and are surrounded by people, it’s essentially all down to you.
Providing support to you is one of the main things that drives us forward here at Bytestart. We know that most business owners go through similar emotional journeys and it’s great to be there to help you.
So here are 21 ways to help you stay positive in your business. Bookmark this page and come back to it regularly when your day isn’t quite going as planned.
1. Identify what really motivates you and go after it: Do you want to be a millionaire? Enjoy more time at home with your family? Why are you in business? It’s easy to forget. Once you remember your true motivation, you can spend time pursuing it. After all, that kind of control is why you went into business in the first place.
2. Surround yourself with positive people and things: Some business leaders say you are the sum total of the people you spend the most time with. If they are negative people, they’re going to drag you down with them. Same with your working environment – make it bright, light and happy.
3. Have a clear out: Nothing beats that spring clean feeling, right? Grab some black bags and chuck away the stuff that’s been festering in your business. Trust us, you’ll feel great! A good clean can be a great way to shake off something you don’t like and start again.
4. Do some team building: Even if you only have one employee, get out and do some team building. It can be as simple as the pub on Friday afternoon, or as fun as a night out karting, bowling, something like that. Make sure your business picks up all the costs so your team can focus on having fun.
5. Get out: Sitting at work all the time can be terrible for your state of mind. Where are you going to get your new ideas from? Get in the habit of networking regularly, or go to seminars. Hanging out with like-minded business people can be immensely rewarding and refreshing.
6. Set challenging goals: When you set a challenging goal for you and your business, you will rise up to achieve it. So work out what you really want to do and then go for it.
7. Remind yourself of your goals: Once you have goals don’t allow yourself to forget them. Get a giant sign made up with the business goals and stick it to the wall. Type up your personal goals and carry them with you everywhere in your purse or wallet.
8. Get a mentor: A mentor will help you achieve what you want in your business. They’ve been there, done that, and their job is to keep you on the right track. Ask your local Business Link or Chamber of Commerce if they run a scheme or keep a list of potential mentors.
9. Reward yourself: Achieved a goal today? Had a great day? Enjoyed work? Find a reason to reward yourself and enjoy it. Rewards can be as simple as a cold pint on a summer’s afternoon. A good reward can also be a great way to motivate yourself to get a difficult job done.
10. Take an impromptu day off: You work for yourself so you have more control over your life, right? Then exercise that control now and again. Take a day off at short notice and enjoy it. Don’t feel guilty whatever you do; if you work hard you deserve it.
11. Make time for yourself: If you can’t get a whole day off, make sure you regularly have time for yourself. Perhaps you could join a club or something where you have to take an evening off at least once a week. Remember, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy…
12. Show clear leadership: Taking true control of your business is so important and can make you feel great. It’s easy to lose control over time. It’s your business; don’t be afraid to make it do what you want it to do.
13. Daydream about what success looks like: When you achieve the thing you’re currently trying to do, what will it look like? How will it feel? Top athletes visualise themselves crossing the line ahead of their competitors. Can you do the same?
14. Keep work life and home life separate: This is important whether you work at home or have business premises. Find ways to make a clear distinction between your personal life and your work life. Even a simple change of clothes could do it.
15. Do something different: Feeling a little bored with your business? Then try something new. Try a different way of doing something. Better still try three different ways. You never know, you might find a way of doing something that’s even better than the way you do it now.
16. Try harder: Sometimes when you do the same things week in week out, you forget to try your hardest. Today, why not work on your business as if it was day one all over again. You could get back the buzz that powered you in the first few months.
17. Learn something new: And while you’re trying new things, how about a skills top up? Even if you have been in business for years, there is always something new to learn. Education can fire off so many new ideas, it can be scary.
18. Fire a client: Most of us have a client that we hate – and you know what, their money is rarely worth the hassle that comes with it. So fire them. Make sure you are polite in the way you tell them to find a new supplier. But don’t forget to celebrate the moment!
19. Seize an opportunity: As business owners we see opportunity almost every day. Most of the time it is right to ignore it. But now and again, when an opportunity comes along that makes you excited… so grab it and have fun with it. Even if it’s not core to your business it could be a good distraction to keep your spirits high.
20. Take action: When something needs to be done in your business, just do it. A good trick is to make your first job the one you’re least looking forward to.
21. Apply a reality check: You can’t control the things that happen to you. But you can control your reaction to events. Bad things come along as sure as good things. Keep your spirits up, take the bad things on the chin and look forward to the next good thing that’s on the way.