#1 – Detach your own self-worth from the value of your business.
This was a big lesson for me.
When you’re building a brand (particularly a personal one) and it doesn’t quite take off as you expected, it’s easy to get disheartened and take it as a personal attack. Avoid defining your own success by how well your business or side hustle is doing. When it comes to ‘success’, 1) you are responsible for defining what success looks like to you and 2) there are so many external factors to take into account that affect popularity, engagement, growth, exposure, how much money you’re making.
You need to remember that you are worth more than your business or project.
A figure in your bank account or on a spreadsheet will never define your own personal self-worth.
#2 – Outsource and ask for help.
As a solo entrepreneur, it may be in your nature to find it difficult to ask for help from others. You probably want to micro-manage everything yourself (I know I often do). But outsourcing and asking for help is the quickest way to grow and expand, and leave yourself with time to do the things you actually enjoy doing.
Don’t like keeping track of your finances through spreadsheets? Pay for software that automates it or make use of apps that can track this for you.
Need help packaging products to fulfill your orders? See if a friend, family member, or sibling can help you on an occasion when you’re feeling swamped.
#3 – Your time spent away from your business is an investment in a better business.
It may sound counter-productive, but taking time to relax and be away from your business is so important. From my own personal experience, it can be easy for you to treat it like your baby and it becomes all-consuming.
Making your business your number one priority (rather than yourself) can quickly slip into sacrificing your sleep, how much you get out and about to exercise, even the number of meals you eat in a day.
But it’s not helping anyone, least of all you.
You can’t run on empty fumes and making sure you’re at the top of your game by getting 7-9 hours of sleep, drinking enough water, eating frequent meals, going for walks, etc., will:
1) motivate you more to work because you’ll be in a more relaxed and full state and;
2) will also allow you time to connect with friends and family properly, which will put you in a better frame of mind.
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