Staying Motivated During Tough Times as a Beading Business Owner
There's nothing worse than being around someone with a negative attitude, but what if that person is you? If you're a beading business owner with little faith in your own plan, chances are your employees and customers are noticing. In the long run, this can only do more harm than good.
Even when the going gets tough during slow economic conditions, the best entrepreneurs know how to keep themselves motivated for the sake of their businesses. To avoid becoming another failure statistic, take a cue from experienced entrepreneurs and work on ways to use your passion to keep your business alive.
First, it's important to avoid other negative people while you're already in a lowly state of mind, according to Entrepreneur.com. It's easy to let others fuel your bad attitude, especially when you're already down in the dumps. However, listening to these people may hinder your chances at eventually finding success. You are more likely to lose concentration and focus when it comes to solving the problem at hand if you have people constantly telling you that it's impossible to overcome.
Whether it's employees, competitors or family members who are putting a damper on your confidence, try your best to remove yourself from the situation to keep a clear head and frame of mind. While the solution to the problem might not be staring you in the face, a little brainstorming can go a long way.
Next, try to give yourself a little ''me'' time in order to step back and take a look at the problem in a new way. This might mean hitting the gym after work to exert that unnecessary anxiety or just taking a day off to get away from the office. Sometimes, the best ideas come to you when you're not even thinking about it.
Although stepping back from the situation can help, remember the importance of staying in the loop when it comes to industry trends. Depending on what the issue at hand is, you might not be the only one suffering from the problem. During tough economic conditions, your entire sector of the industry might be down in the dumps, including your competitors.
In these type of situations, try to reach out to other entrepreneurs in your field and network. Brainstorming together might be a viable way to come up with a solution to the problem that is plaguing everyone.
''If you don't have the time or money to spend at a conference, consider online educational videos,'' Jane Porter writes for Entrepreneur.com. ''Not only can they get you thinking about your business in new ways, they can help you stay current in your industry.''
If everything seems to be going wrong and you're unsure about the future of your beading business, the best thing you can do is be your own cheerleader. In combination with removing yourself from the negativity around you, try to remember why you got into this field in the first place. Think back to what spurred your passion for beading as a way to re-motivate yourself during these tough times.
As a way to pump yourself up, Entrepreneur.com recommends going back to your resume. Tweak it with updates of recent accomplishments to remind yourself of all of the great things you have done as a beading business owner.
Another way to restore your self-confidence is to use your experience to help other budding entrepreneurs, according to Inc.com. You might also be able to learn something from lending a helping hand to other business owners who are up to speed on industry trends.
While you're in the recovery process, it's important to steer clear of the media. While it's crucial to be in the loop when it comes to news affecting your field, too much media can cause you to panic even further.
''Much of today's news programming consists of 'if it bleeds it leads' stories followed by commercials offering some form of (often addictive) security or comfort. The constant flow of negative imagery automatically creates a negative attitude about life, the world, and everything in it,'' Geoffrey James writes for Inc.com. ''If you want to maintain a positive attitude, you must reduce or even eliminate your exposure to broadcast news programming.''
Once you remove yourself from the situation and learn how to use your experience to better your small business, you can restore your confidence in living and breathing as an entrepreneur. It may take some time to get over this type of hurdle, but in the end--you'll be a more seasoned veteran for doing it and not giving up.
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