Staying Motivated As A Solopreneur


In this week’s Mindset Monday, I want to talk to you about staying motivated as a solopreneur.

As with any other working environment, you can become burnt out or discouraged during your work.

This burnout is more likely to happen when you are a solopreneur.

Because solopreneurs do all the work themselves, they can often feel burnt out and overwhelmed by their own workload.

At some point, you are going to feel this way.

If you have not experienced it already as a solopreneur, this article is here to prepare you.

It is important to know how to stay motivated as a solopreneur.

Let’s talk about some of these ways now.

Anticipate Losing Motivation

If you are just starting your solopreneur career and have not faced any real motivation hurdles yet, know that you will eventually.

No matter who you are, you’ll find yourself lacking motivation to work or pursue your solopreneur dreams.

To make the journey of finding motivation easier in the future, you need to anticipate losing motivation from the beginning.

Anticipating this event will allow you to regroup and handle your time much more rationally and effectively.

Part of anticipating loss of motivation involves coming up with a very strong reason why you want to work as a solopreneur in the first place.

If you know your why, you can easily fall back on it whenever you need a bit more push to get you through the day.

3 Ways to Stay Motivated

Now that we’ve talked about anticipating loss of motivation, let’s look at the three best ways to stay motivated once you start feeling discouraged and beaten down.

1. Stay Optimistic

As cheesy as it sounds, the first thing to do when you feel discouraged is to stay optimistic.

Staying optimistic can help you focus on the positives, ensuring that you don’t make any rash decisions out of pure emotion.

You can stay optimistic by looking at all the benefits of working for yourself.

For example, being a solopreneur is a lot of work, but it allows you more freedom over your schedule and your finances, which are two things most solopreneurs love.

You can also stay optimistic by looking at all of your past and current successes.

This will allow you to not get bogged down by any failures or overwhelming obstacles ahead.

Take the time to write out all of your little successes to make them seem more realistic.

Go a step further by actually celebrating your little successes.

Little successes may not seem like much in the grand scheme of things but celebrating them can make you feel much more energetic and enthused to push through.

2. Take A Break

The next way to stay motivated is to take a break.

Whenever you feel discouraged and beat down, it’s your body’s way of telling you that you need a break.

Many solopreneurs have a terrible work to life ratio since they manage everything themselves.

Don’t forget to take a break and breathe.

This includes weekend and holiday breaks, as well as breaks throughout the day.

Make sure to take at least 30 minutes for lunch and take small breaks throughout the day so you don’t feel completely overworked by night time.

3. Fall Back On Your Why

As we mentioned already, fall back on your why.

Falling back on your why can help you stay motivated and look towards the future.

For more on Knowing Your Why, read the article below.

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Co-Founder & CEO of Link Management Group. An Investor & Coach to Small Business Owners, for the past 30 years I have helped startup and early-stage businesses to enter new markets and achieve sustainable growth of both revenue and profits. I have experience across a diverse range of sectors including central government, information services, software, health insurance, pet products, couture fashion, entertainment and aviation.  How can I help your organisation accelerate growth and achieve its full potential? 

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