3 THINGS THAT HELP ME STAY SANE WHILE BUILDING MY BUSINESS
Let’s face it, building a business is hard. Especially when you’re doing it all alone. If you’re any type of solo-preneur, you know what I’m talking about.
Chances are that if you’ve chosen the path of entrepreneurship, you’re in it for the long haul. Most people take this path because it’s in their blood. They simply can’t do anything else.
That’s me for sure! Once I’ve tasted the life of an entrepreneur, I knew this is what I was meant for. Going back to a boring job, being told what to do and all that nonsense is just not something I’m willing to go back to, ever.
That doesn’t mean it’s all roses and pretty balloons over on the “be your own boss” road. No no, there are times for ALL OF US when things just feel super hard. That’s when we question our abilities and wonder if we can really “make it”. But instead of losing faith, I invite you to evaluate what you can do to help yourself keep going.
One thing’s for sure, you’re never alone in how you feel. We all experience moments of doubts about our businesses. But you need to keep pushing through because you deserve a business you love.
And to help you out, I’m going to share with you my 3 things that help me stay sane in my moments of doubt.
1. HAVING A MASTERMIND BUDDY
By far, one of the best things that happened to me over the years of running my business is meeting my business bestie. Her name is Sophia Ojha and like me, she’s a Squarespace web designer. We met in San Diego at Amy Porterfield’s business building workshop and we instantly clicked.
We decided right then and there that we’d start a business mastermind together and nearly four years later, we’re still doing it. It doesn’t matter that she lives in the States and I live in Canada because that’s what Skype and Zoom is for.
Seriously, having another person in your corner that’s in the same boat as you are is phenomenal. I highly recommend finding someone like that to pair up with and regularly meet up (whether it’s in person or virtually) to discuss your businesses with each other.
Having a mastermind buddy helps you stay motivated, makes you feel supported and is uplifting in your most difficult moments. It’s nice to have other friends and talk to your spouse or partner for sure, but it’s also necessary to have another entrepreneur to talk to who can fully understand what you’re going through.
TIP: If you don’t know anyone like that yet, try going to Meetups for entrepreneurs in your area or join Facebook groups and start making connections.
2. GETTING OUTSIDE FOR WALKS
Since I work from home, I tend to spend a lot of time at my desk in front of my laptop. I love what I do immensely, but it can still make me feel a little cooped up at times. Not to mention, my creativity gets stifled if I spend too much time in the same environment indoors.
To combat this little issue, I make sure to regularly get outside and go for a walk. Getting out for some fresh air resets my brain and gets my creative juices flowing. I often listen to my favourite podcasts if I need a little boost of inspiration. And if I just need to give my brain some peace and quiet, I don’t listen to anything. It can be just as recharging to simply be with nature.
3. HANGING OUT WITH REAL PEOPLE
Going back to spending a lot of my working hours inside the house, it’s super important to get out and see people in real life.
Talking to people in Facebook groups or other social media is simply not the same. I find it necessary to seek out opportunities to meet up with friends to hang out or go out to networking events so I can meet new people.
Don’t spend all your time alone. Being an entrepreneur can be lonely, so we need to make sure that we get enough human connection.
What about you? Got any of your own things that help you stay sane while building your empire? Share them in the comments below.