Staying Motivated and Confident as a Business Owner

It can be difficult to launch a business if you have little experience in entrepreneurship. Even after being properly trained and reading up on the industry beforehand, you are likely to face adversity as you attempt to enter this field and manage a company as a self-employed individual.

It's not uncommon for entrepreneurs, both experienced and inexperienced, to face an uphill battle from time to time. However, the trick to overcoming these obstacles lies in self-motivation and a strong sense of confidence. Entrepreneurs who have been able to excel in the industry can contribute a portion of their success to not giving up within the first year of self-employment.

While it's true that starting a business is likely harder than opening an existing franchise or joining a company, it's not impossible--it just takes the right kind of person to do it. There are a few ways that you can keep yourself motivated from start to finish and make sure that your business becomes a prominent competitor in the industry.
  1. Stay away from negative people. Although this seems like a trivial concern, the fact of the matter is that negative individuals can put a damper on what you're trying to accomplish as an entrepreneur, according to Inc.com. Surrounding yourself with negative people on a regular basis might also have you constantly second-guessing yourself, even when it comes to good ideas. In turn, this can do more harm than good to your business.

    ''If you want to maintain a positive attitude, consider sharply limiting your daily exposure to such people,'' Geoffrey James writes for Inc.com. ''Don't show up at the daily 'water cooler complain-fest.' Don't go to lunch with the 'grouse and grumble' crowd.''
  2. Put in the extra effort while fine-tuning your small business plan. This should go without saying, but having a detailed business plan is every entrepreneur's key to avoiding bumps in the road early when launching their company. It's important to spend as much time as necessary working out the kinks before putting the plan in motion, according to BusinessBites.com.

    If you're confident with what you have down on paper, it'll be easier to be confident and stay motivated as your company grows. Be sure to verify your business model and try to predict any snags that you may hit early on. There is only so much you can do to prepare for the unexpected, but taking precautionary measures can lessen the blow in the future.
  3. Try to work with people who have similar interests and share your viewpoint. In combination with staying away from negative people in your life, it's important to surround yourself with individuals who could further motivate you as an entrepreneur. This might mean working closely with a mentor or connecting with optimistic staff members on a regular basis. Establishing a support system can help you stay motivated and confident as you grow as an entrepreneur.

    The best part about associating with a group of positive people in your life is having the opportunity to bounce your ideas off of them. These individuals will give you the chance to float around business ideas before you put them into action without getting you down. Even if it's a bad idea, the positive people in your life will likely be more willing to work with you and help you improve your plan.
  4. Take control when necessary. Oftentimes, it takes a lot to get an entrepreneur down. After all, self-employed individuals are likely going after their dreams with a passion, and it's hard to kill off all of their confidence at once. However, you're bound to hit a snag sooner or later--maybe you have just lost an investor, or perhaps you're having trouble managing your finances. In any case, these situations can have a negative effect on your confidence levels and your motivation to continue onward.
The easiest way to get out of these ruts is to remind yourself that you're in control. As a self-employed individual, you have the means to turn your fortune around and keep your small business afloat.

''Every day you should ask yourself, 'What can I do today to move my idea forward?''' Tina Henson writes for BusinessBites.com ''If funding is a problem, as it always is, you can change the question to, 'What can I do today that will move my idea forward, that will not cost money?'''

Being mindful of the amount of control you have can be a motivating factor in itself. These tips can help you overcome some of the toughest challenges of being an entrepreneur. 


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