It’s totally normal for you to feel stuck as a small business owner from time to time. Many entrepreneurs report feeling stuck, overwhelmed, stressed, and frustrated – all at the same time. It can be a tough path to navigate, but you can overcome it.
While being a small business owner can be very rewarding and exciting, there are also many challenges that you need to overcome. Below, we’ll go through a few things you can do to stop feeling stuck and finally get things flowing smoothly again.
Take A Break
You’re probably thinking, ‘I’m busy! I can’t take a break. How ridiculous.’ Well, sometimes this is the best time to take a break. Choose one day and take it to spend time with yourself. Even half a day can do if that’s all you can manage. Turn off your phone, put your out of office email into action, and then go and sit somewhere. It could be your garden, the library, or your favorite coffee shop. Just go somewhere, take a notebook, and write down your thoughts, feelings, and fears. Writing can be a wonderful way to gain more clarity on a situation, but many people don’t feel like they have the time to do it. Well, now it’s time to make time.
While you can write about things that have gone wrong, always make sure you start to put a positive spin on what’s going on, and think about what you’d like to happen in the near future. Come up with the best vision for your business that your brain can conjure up. Write it all down and get excited about it.
Once you have your vision written down and you’re feeling suitably excited, make sure you put it somewhere you can see it. Put it on your fridge. Make copies and put them elsewhere. When you have a minute to doodle, write things that align with what you want your small business to be to ensure it stays stuck in your mind. The key is to keep that vision and those exciting feelings at the forefront of your mind. You’ll often find that when you have a positive mindset like this and your vision is all worked out, solutions magically seem to fall into your lap!
Ask For Help
Many people are conditioned to believe that asking for help is a weakness. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Asking for help is hard, yes, but it’s far from weak. You can’t do this alone, and a support group around you to help you figure out what to do is key. This is why entrepreneurs should never drift apart from their family and friends. They are the people who care about you and know you best, and can help you to look at things objectively. However, it’s important to choose somebody who you trust to give you the truth – it’s probably not a good idea to talk to your spouse about what’s going on, as your actions directly affect them, and they can be too close to the situation.
If you can’t think of anybody to ask, then don’t be afraid to go out and look for a business mentor or life coach. Even a counselor or therapist could help you to sort through your thoughts and feelings. This could be one of the best investments of both time and money that you make for your business. A business coach can also look at what’s going on in your business objectively can give you ideas and suggestions to improve. A fresh pair of eyes can do you the world of good when you’re feeling at a loss for what to do!
Figure Out How You Can Free Up Time
When you free up time in business, you can often find more time to focus on yourself and other ways to improve. You don’t want to have to wear too many hats. It could be time to bring somebody new on board to manage your social channels, or it could be time to invest in mobile device management by Electric. The right technology and software can be a huge help and you can find that you save so much time and productivity skyrockets. You might even want to use this opportunity to take more time to yourself, spending time writing and thinking to further clarify what you’d like to do. Looking after yourself when you are a small business owner is crucial, as burnout is a very real issue amongst business owners!
Break Everything Down Into Small Steps
The journey from where you are now to where you’d like to be can seem unmanageable and scary. However, if you break everything down into smaller steps, it can seem so much easier. Break everything down into baby steps you’ll see that it really isn’t as hard as it first seemed. Then, you know all you have to do is take one small step at a time, rather than take one giant leap from ‘here’ to ‘over there’.
Making changes as a small business owner can be tough, especially if you’ve done something a certain way for a while and it seems to have worked for you. However, industries can change very quickly, and what people are looking for also changes. You can’t stay the same for too long, or your business will surely stagnate. Is there a way you can change or improve the services/products that you’re offering? Is there a way you can switch things up to appeal to a wider, or different audience? Maybe you could even ask your staff what they would change, or send a survey out to customers. This can give you some great insight and help you see what needs to be done.
Feeling stuck is never a positive experience. You can feel like you’re banging your head against a brick wall with absolutely nowhere to go. Take some time off, write, come up with your ideal vision, ask for help, free up time, break it all down, and then make changes after getting feedback. You will start moving again!
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