How can I inject the fun back into my business?
Several years into your business can see you getting stale, frustrated, de-motivated and generally lack-lustre about what you set out to achieve and how you’re getting on towards those goals. Speaking from experience, as a business owner of 9 years, I know these mindset issues can occur and as a business coach I know just how to find my way around them.
#1 Create some Time Out
Whether it’s 10 minutes out to meditate, an hour out to exercise or read a book, to two weeks off sunbathing, any or all will do you the world of good in telling you what if anything you need to do next to keep you motivated or get you back on track for succeeding your business growth plans. Time and space away however short or long will give you perspective on your current business challenges.
#2 Go on a training course or workshop
Got an issue in your business that is keeping you bogged down or preventing you from business growth and moving you forward? Book onto a course that will answer those business growth questions that are currently stumping you. You’ll have the opportunity to meet other like-minded business owners and professionals with similar challenges and sharing those frustrations and ways around the problem will alleviate your stress whilst saving you much time and money for your future dealings. Nothing like a boost in your personal and professional development for your confidence levels.
#3 Get a Business Coach
20% of small businesses are now using a Business Coach to grow their business and 79% of medium to large businesses. Not only will a business coach help you develop your business growth plans with confidence, clear direction and structure, keep your accountable for those successful results, they will also keep you motivated and inspired, encouraging you to understand and develop the most productive ways to execute your plans. As a small business owner it’s par for the course to feel lonely in your decision making, get someone on your side who has yours and your business interests at heart and will help you to remember all the reasons why you started out in business in the first place.
#4 Dump it, Deal with It or Delegate it
Think about a) what you love to do in your business and b) how can you can do more of what you’re great at versus c) what do you really dislike doing and d) what are you pretty rubbish at? The UK is a nation of DIYers, with 4.6 million self-employed, now representing 15% of the workforce, can you really experience the business growth you’re after by doing it all yourself? Keep sane, keep motivated, keep inspired; create some space to do only the things you love will help you realise the business growth you want. The time it takes you to do the jobs you hate will free up some much needed time for the jobs you love. Easy maths!
Clare at Meta4 has been running her own coaching and training business since 2007. Clare offers loads of great freebie resources to help you grow your business; they’re easy to implement, engaging and most of all they get you your business growth results!