Starting your own business is becoming more of a reality than a dream for a lot of budding entrepreneurs. Whilst some of us simply fantasise of leaving the nine-to-five, others are actively pursuing a means to run their own company.
It’s not as simple as finding your niche and quitting the day job. For many people, juggling both for a period of time is necessary whilst your new adventure grows into a sufficient income.
This transition is not easy. Trying to find the time, energy and focus for both your job and your passion can be confusing. It’s important to keep motivated during this change.
Below are some tips to help keep you driven whilst you work towards your goal;
Find your WHY
It’s super important to know the motivation behind this dream. Do you wish to travel with your work? Is it the freedom? The financial independence? Spending more time with the kids?
Without this it’ll be harder to overcome any obstacles you face. Knowing your why will keep you committed and focused.
Make sure you’re 100% committed before starting out. Tell people what you’re doing so they also hold you accountable. This means you’ll find solutions rather than excuses to back out if things get tough.
Have a clear vision
Have a specific goal of where you want to be a year from now, personally and business wise. Don’t leave out any details. Picture exactly what you want to achieve and by when. This can be in terms of the number of clients you’d like to be working with, which city you’d like to be working in or the number or sales you want to make by Christmas.
It might help to create a mood board or to keep a diary; something to hand which you can look at daily. You are significantly more likely to hit a goal if you write it down and even more so if you look at what you’ve written on a daily basis. Focus on the end result – your lovely, growing business.
Create a network
Find a network of people on the same path as you with a similar mind set. You could join a mentoring group of business people and entrepreneurs, who meet on a regular basis to support each other. If you can’t find one build your own network of people you can rely on for honest advice.
Make sure this group includes people who are ahead of you in their business adventure; people who will inspire and motivate you. It’s a good way to find others who will hold you accountable too!
I promise, it will be worth it!