When starting a business, learning to manage the inevitable highs and lows can be challenging. You will have good days, really good days. And yep, you will have downright awful ones too. I hope this post will help you manage the ‘not-so-good’ days.
Here’s the thing, owning your own business is more than just business. Many times, it’s personal. You probably launched your venture because you have a keen passion for that product or service. Because you love ‘it’ so much, that makes it somewhat harder to cope with hitting a slump.
I found with my businesses that most days I get up and I am bouncing off the walls. I am chasing my dreams and doing what I always said I would. But when faced with rejection, another business bill, or not enough time to push all that work out for a client (because right now maybe you’re just a one-woman band!) it can be hard to stay high.
On this journey I have found that there has been some times where I have found running my own businesses so tough, I have wondered if I made the right choice at all. It’s in those moments it is really important to:
- Be surrounded by people who believe in you and your goals;
- Remember why you started your entrepreneurial journey in the first place;
- Remain focussed on your end goal (your journey isn’t your destination!);
- Consistently remind yourself that you are good and you can do this.
You have to be confident – in you AND your dream. If you didn’t believe in yourself or your vision, you would never have stepped out in the first place. My advice to all Bright Ideas Trust beneficiaries is to remain confident. Remind yourself of your motives for doing what you are doing. Equally celebrate every bit of success your business achieves. Keep a success log, you’ll be surprised how reviewing that when you hit the occasional slump will help give you the boost to get back up and keep going.