As a business owner, you know that when the times get rough, we intended to lose our focus and drive. It has happened to all of us. You’re faced with challenges of every magnitude on a day-to-day basis and it’s hard not to feel powerless and scared.
When your small business is flourishing, staying motivated is rarely an issue. But when you’re experiencing setbacks or feeling like you’re in a slump, your personal drive may take a hit.
As entrepreneur, we’re always looking for ways to remain motivated and inspired. In this post, I will share my best tips on how you, as a business owner, can find motivation to continue your work and staying focused on your dream and reinvigorating your entrepreneurial spirit.
1. Talk with your customers
First thing first, talk to your customer. As your customers are the best part to get feedback and comment which will help you to develop and improve your business. Their new idea can be a motivation for you to keep on fire.
Yes, a positive customer reviews can also be a great source of motivation. Ask your customers their favorite part about your business and post their suggestion through your social media such as facebook or twitter. This not only increases customer engagement but it also gives you a chance to get to know your customers so that you can better market to them.
2. Celebrate small success
Take pride in what you’ve already achieved. Recall how good it felt to reach a milestone in your career, to become a small-business owner, or to make a life-changing decision.
Whenever you hit your target, celebrate it! No matter how small it is, it will give you a good accomplishment and keep you moving forward in the business.
So you see the progression, right?
3. Seek inspiration from other
You, as a business owner, having a network of entrepreneurs and small business owners is a must.
Not only that you can give each other advice and feedback, it’s also encouraging to hear that you’re not alone in your challenges. Join small business owners associations or meet ups and go to networking events to build your connections.
It’s also helpful to read about successful entrepreneurs and hear about the challenges that they have faced while building their business. Some of the best small business success stories started with great challenges! Check out some great books and biographies of success stories like Richard Branson’s to kickstart your small business motivation.
4. Avoid negativity
There must be people in your inner circle that love you and can’t see you suffer from fighting to keep your business alive. These people mostly will suggest you to close your business and back to work for a company, as employee and take a “safe” route.
Few of them will also trying to drag you down with their comments from the way you choose your life and said that you just wasted your time.
This is a special challenge that most of entrepreneurs will need to handle. There never be a good way to make them who don’t have understand why you have to sacrifice all to make your business running.
Before they mess up in your head, avoid friends and colleagues who throw their negativity and hang out with people who support your business and made your dream come true.
5. Break out of your routine
At some point, almost every business owner feels stuck in their routine. To get out of yours, shake things up. Be creative. Find new ways to tackle your everyday business processes, or delegate them to a responsible employee.
Don’t forget to hit the break. Do something outside of your business, like sports, napping or just walking around.
Take a long leave, or enjoy a long weekend just to relax and away from your business.
6. Remember why you started your business
When you face another challenge to motivated yourself, try to look back and find the reason why did you do all this and look at the big picture.
See which point that brought you to this adventure. And today, how far have you made it. How many accomplishment have you achieved so far this point? No matter how small it is, you made a progress.
However, it will take time to make your business success. Getting back to the heart of why you started your business can help motivate you to keep going!
7. Think how your business give impact to your community
Check your business contribution in your community. Small business can bare the unemployment. Or you can do small CSR (Company Social Responsible), by giving a small percentage of your profit into your community.
This make your business valuable, and we’re not talking about the money here.
Of course money is your fuel to keep your business running, but besides that the value of the business is if it can give contribution to its community and environment.
8. Set or renew your goal
Some people like a challenging goal and some others happy only with small goals.
Know yourself well. If you’re feeling unmotivated, take some time to evaluate your current goals. If your goals are overwhelming you, break them down into smaller milestones to make them more approachable and manageable and keep reevaluating them as your business progresses.
Set up a goal that you can achieve and align with your capacity and resources in your business, because motivation is easier when you’re working toward smaller, more realistic goals.
What’s your motivation tips?
Anyone have their own and unique ways to stay motivated. How do you keep on fire, especially in the rough time? Don’t hesitate to share your tips in the comment bellow.