As a home business owner, you are solely responsible for your success or failure. Mental attitude can make or break an attempt at entrepreneurship. Learning to take the good with the bad is essential. This winning attitude will help you overcome obstacles and keep you moving forward regardless of what comes at you.
1. Know WHY you are doing this. You likely have several reasons for becoming an entrepreneur. Identify the top three things that kept you pushing forward during your early days. Use these things for motivation every day. Have wall art created to reflect your “whys” and hang it in your home office as a visual reminder.
2. Have an actionable plan. Having an end-goal of being a millionaire in five years is not enough. That is not actionable. Define your goals and work backward to devise your plan. What needs to be done today, this week, this month, this year? These are things that you can put into action.
3. Get an accountability partner. This person(s) may be a friend, family member, coach or fellow business owner. You may also choose to join a mastermind group. The goal here is to find a support system that will also hold you accountable for putting your plan into play.
4. Take advantage of your internal clock. It is likely that you are most productive or most creative at certain times of the day. Hone in on this. Schedule your day around these times. You will get more “bang for your buck” when you are working with your mind and body and not against them.
5. Get perspective. Owning a home business is a journey. There will be side trips and detours. Consider these bumps in the road “taking the scenic route” rather than allowing setbacks to totally derail your business. Just as in life, things do not always go as planned. Keep looking at the big picture. Don’t focus on the small, sometimes troublesome details.
6. Plan ahead. As I just mentioned, there are going to be hiccups. And regardless of the type of home business, you are likely going to experience regular ebbs and flows in your workload. When things are busy and money is good, always save a little back. This will keep you going when your business is experiencing its seasonal changes.
Be confident in the outcome, even when things are feeling rough. When you want to give up, give it one more day. When you think there are no options, take a step and visualize a plan to overcome your obstacle.