Over the last two weeks, I can recall two different accounts of how two different people reacted to what I do for a living. One reacted positively, one reacted negatively. The one who reacted negatively gave me a reality check. That was the first time anyone had given me a strange look, as if they wanted to say, “Okay, that’ll never work.” Thankfully, they didn’t speak anything against my career, but that didn’t change the fact that their expression said it all.
I officially know what it feels like to feel like the crazy person, the one that’s sticking her neck out there to accomplish something few are willing to try and accomplish.
And I don’t really care.
I know that I’m taking a risk and that it would be easier to just get a 9 to 5 job, collect a paycheck, and call it a day. I know that. And I think that, because I know it’s crazy, that’s why people will always look at me and wonder why.
I’m supposed to be the rational one, the one that does the logical thing.
I went to school for personal finance and I should know better than most what my decision is doing to our personal finances.
I know. I get it.
That doesn’t mean I’m going to ignore my gut that tells me that I have to give this a shot.
But in order for me to stay motivated in a world that can be pretty dang unmotivating, I’ve got a few tricks and tools that I use to keep my eyes on the prize. Without these, I’d have no reason to continue to pursue what many feel is impossible. Here’s five ways that to stay motivated and committed to your home based business.
1) Read articles, magazines, and books that are specific to your industry niche.
If you’re a life insurance representative, read publications related to personal finances. If you sell make-up, read beauty magazines. No matter what your career path, there is a niche market filled with articles, magazines, and books for you to read and learn more about your industry. With modern technology, you can upload magazines to your tablets – which means you’ll have easier access to your subscriptions so that you can read them anywhere and everywhere.
For my blog, reading anything related to parenting and being a mom helps me keep on top of what’s trending and it serves as a great creativity jogger for new blog posts. For my other business, reading about my company’s products and watching weekly webinars hosted by my company help me to have the most up-to-date information so that I can use it to share with those who inquire about it. It makes zero sense to be in a business that you know nothing about, so you need to make it a priority to learn all there is to learn about what you do.
2) Connect with others who are successful in their home based businesses.
A great way to connect with others who are working from home is to join a social network dedicated to connecting you with others doing the same. WAHM.com is one of the websites that I use to connect with others that work from home. You should also use Facebook and Twitter to connect with people and businesses that have successful home based businesses. Connecting via social media helps you to watch and see what others are sharing and talking about by filling your newsfeeds with positive and motivating information. After all, the goal is to connect with those that are going to motivate you, not tear you down.
3) Learn from others that are doing what you’re doing.
Take your social media connections a step further by connecting with others that are doing exactly what you’re doing. This type of connecting is very important when it comes to being in business for yourself because it allows you the chance to learn from the mistakes of others while giving you a type of mentor to follow. It can also help you figure out if the business idea that you have is a good one or not. That’s why it is so important to reach out and get advice from others that have done what you want to do because it will help you figure out the best way to go about it. Once you’ve figured out exactly what you’re going to do, you need to continue to stay connected to those that are in your line of work so that you always have someone there that can motivate you when you’re feeling down.
For me, that means connecting with other mom bloggers and freelance writers. If your home business doesn’t have much to do with the internet, you should absolutely connect with people in your area that are in the same line of work as you.
4) Remind yourself why you started your business and what you hope to achieve by doing it.
We all have different reasons for why we want to start a business. Some of us just want to make a little extra income to supplement the income we make in our 9 to 5 job, while others hate their 9 to 5 job and want to build a business that will one day replace (or even surpass) their full-time income. Whatever your reason, reminding yourself regularly as to why you want your business to be a success will be the best motivator out there.
For me, I want my business to ultimately replace my husband’s full-time income so that he can retire and never work another day of physical labor ever again.
Notice how specific my why is? If you’re why isn’t specific enough, then you need to rewrite your why. Unless you have a clear vision for where you want your business to take you (and by when), you’ll have a hard time staying motivated and focused enough to do the things that need to be done to make your business a success.
Write it down on a sticky note and post it on the bathroom mirror if you have to. While my why isn’t on my mirror, I do have a note on it that says,
“Nothing worth having in life comes easy.”
That quote motivates me and reminds me why I’m making sacrifices and doing what I’m doing. It pushes me on days when I might feel like my blog is a waste of time. Blogging, of all businesses, is one that takes patience and time to build momentum and an audience. It doesn’t come easy. That note reminds me of that.
5) Read books from business leaders.
Every entrepreneur must read books from leaders and successful business people. I emphasis must because they have so much knowledge and insight into the mindset you need to have in order to be a success that it would be foolish to ignore their work.
Reading helps you see things from a different perspective and it opens up your mind to new ideas and theories. For me, some of the best motivations often come from these books. I read with a highlighter in hand so that I can mark the best words of wisdom to review later. I sometimes take notes and complete exercises if the book has some. Reading on a daily basis is a habit that I encourage everyone who owns their own business to do.
In my opinion, the ones who succeed read.
What motivational tips can you share with others when it comes to running your own business?