Having your own business and working from home can we an amazing experience. For me, that’s the ideal lifestyle. Ideas flow from you easily, your ideal clients are approaching you about working with you, and you’re full of energy. But there are times when you are just not feeling it. The ideas are not flowing, the energy is not there, and your business is not growing. We’ve all been there. Here are 3 ways to combat entrepreneurial blocks & discouragement.
1. Keep working
It’s easy to stop having a business. If you allow those “blah” days to stop you from working on your business, hours can turn into days, days can turn into weeks, weeks can turn into months, and then soon you discover that you have not worked on your business for years. You no longer have a business.
If you really want to have a successful business, you have to just keep working. You have office hours planned? Keep them. Work on cleaning up your website, investigate what social media posts, blog posts, products, or services that have gotten the most response from people. There is always something productive you can work on during those days when you lack ideas, encouragement, clients, or energy. Just keep working.
2. Editorial calendar
Since you know business blocks days are possible, you should have systems in place to combat them when they come. One of the things that works best for me is to get as much work done when I DO feel creative. Have an editorial calendar. That means you can planned what content you want to publish months in advance. You can accomplish this in an hour. For example, if you have a blog that you post to once a week, sit down and think of 24 blog ideas and then put down on a calendar the week you want to publish that post. And voila, you have content for six months.
Then you can plan what content you want to publish on your social media platforms that relate to the blog post ideas you have for those week. Using tools such as Buffer and Hootsuite, allows you to write social media posts weeks or months in advance.
3. Ask for help
It never ceases to amaze me how helpful it is to talk to someone else in business. This is where masterminds and coaching comes in. Sometimes you need to get outside of your head by talking through your blocks. It mind seem that you could talk to anyone, but in all honesty, usually only another entrepreneur can understand where you’re coming from. But you might also want to make sure that you are talking to people familiar to your kind of business. If their business is vastly different than yours, they might not know how to give you the best advice on your niche.
You can start a mastermind by approaching 5 to 8 entrepreneurs that you would not mind working with. Make sure that you will have a mutually beneficial relationship. You want to be able to give each other advice as well as get it. You can meet in person or online. Masterminds are a powerful tool in business. They can help you generate ideas, partnerships, systems, and give encouragement that keeps you from giving up on being an entrepreneur.
I would love to hear from you. How have you combated those days where you felt stuck and discouraged?
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