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January 1, 2012

Happy New Year Entrepreneur: Don’t Give Up!

Filed under: Economic,Tips — LaShawnda @ 12:00 pm
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Article published in the Motivated Business Professionals Newsletter (Vol. 1, Fall 2011 Issue)

Entrepreneur: Don’t Give Up!
by LaShawnda Wrice
Head-A-Hopper Highway, LLC
 
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt
 
Most small business owners go into business to create a better quality of life for themselves and/or their family.  They want to have control over their lives and independence, which comes with some challenges.  With the tasks involved in working daily towards their “dream” all hours of the day and night, they can become exhausted and worn out.  Often times it’s because they are carrying most of the responsibility of the business (customer outreach/management, finances, etc.). So here are four things you can do to stay motivated:
  1. Get involved with professional organizations who can provide resources, assistance and support.
  2. Surround yourself around like-minded people. Get involved in organizations that can assist you support daily issues owning your own business.
  3. Volunteer for an organization that makes you feel good.  This is also an opportunity for you to meet new potential customers and make new friends.
  4. Knowing when to “shut down shop” is a job in itself. It’s important to be able to balance work and life. Setting up a schedule helps you to set-up boundaries. There’s nothing wrong with “structure”. There are will be rare occasions when you have to spend a lot of time on something.  That’s ok. Just as long as it’s not every day, all day. Remember, structure is the key!
Learn how to pat yourself on the back. Look at your business plan every now and then and see how far you came. Celebrate it!  Being a small business owner requires longevity. And for every victory you have and for every task you accomplish, reward yourself!  Because guess what?  If you don’t, who will?
 

What keeps you motivated?  Send your comments to info@lashawndawrice.com .

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