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Do You Have a Happy Business?

There are a lot of different elements that go into starting and maintaining a successful business.

But I want a Happy Business!

What’s a Happy Business?

Let’s start with what a Happy Business is NOT! It’s not overwhelming. It’s not struggling or fumbling. It’s not disorganized. It doesn’t make you want to pull your hair out.  Uncertainty is not an issue. It’s not all over the place.

So what IS a Happy Business?

A Happy Business has a positive energy all its own that propels it to new heights regularly. It’s strong and balanced in various areas. It’s a relatively smooth ride. Of course that doesn’t mean there aren’t bumps in the road. But, it’s a fun adventure.

So what do you need to have a HAPPY BUSINESS?

Of course you need the Clientele that brings in the cash.

But what about …

- Confidence

You must be Confident in what you’re doing to be successful.  It’s just not going to happen otherwise. When I first became a coach I was confident in my coaching abilities but it took me along time to realize that my calling and passion are around creating my own happiness and success and showing other women how they can do the same. Until I had that a-ha moment and armed myself with all the knowledge and research I could, I didn’t feel confident launching my business. Finding the right niche was key. In addition to knowing your stuff, focusing on past successes can also help give your confidence level a boost.

- Passion and Vision

It’s imperative, but not always easy, to maintain your initial passion and vision as your business develops, changes and grows. You can’t let  daily, sometimes mundane, tasks, chip away at it. Remember your big picture desire for your business and keep in mind how you’re serving the world through what you’re offering. If this is a challenge for you post  your mission statement on your computer or create a vision board to hang in your office.

- Productivity and Motivation

Another hurdle for many entrepreneurs is productivity and motivation. With so many distractions – for me lately it’s been my new kitten! – it can be tough to stay on track as much as we would like. Having systems and rules in place can really make a difference. I use time chunking (30 minute blocks dedicated to one task only) for important to-dos and try to check emails only a few times a day.

- Organization

There are so many methods for organizing your office, organizing your day, organizing your projects that I can’t possibly go into them here. But obviously an organized business is a prerequisite for a happy business. Personally, I’m a list maker, a skill I learned from my mother.  In fact, “The List,” is a running joke between me and my sister (The List of fun things we want to do on our vacation together, The List of holiday shopping we have to do, everything gets a List.)  It doesn’t matter what works for you, as long as you find the method that does.

- Delegation

Many entrepreneurs have a big problem delegating and letting go of things, which is understandable. Their business is like their baby after all. And if you’re also a perfectionist it can be even more difficult. But you can’t do everything yourself forever and build a successul and happy business. It’s impossible. Luckily for me, I began delegating and supervising others back during my days as the flag captain of the (winning!) high school marching band, skills I honed during my 20 year career in public relations and event planning. If this is new for you start by considering what administrative tasks you can delegate to a virtual assistant. If you’re still doubtful consider the value of your time and whether or not it makes sense to program your newsletter yourself or spend that same time on income generating activities.

- Work-Life Balance

This is a huge dilema for so many entrepreneurs. There’s so much to do we  wish we had 36 hour days. But if you don’t have a well-rounded life, it’s hard to be happy. And you know how important I believe that is! Clients and partners are attracted to happy people so make it work for you! Taking time off to spend with your family and friends is key to keeping you focused. Self-care in the form of a massage, workout or meditation class also delivers massive payoff. And a few days away can be just what you need to recharge and get the creative juices flowing.

- Your Team

Who’s on your team? Do you have a support system? Are your vendors easy to work with and providing with the services that you need? Even if you’re a solopreneur or not yet at the point where you can staff, building a supportive team — even including suppliers, confidants you can bounce ideas off of and networking communities — is crucial to success.

So how HAPPY is YOUR BUSINESS? What aspects are the most challenging for you?  Where do you excel?

I’d love for you to share!

And for your complimentary Happy Business Analysis just click on the orange butterfly above or on my home page.

xoxo

 

22 Responses to “Do You Have a Happy Business?”

  1. Cindy Ratzlaff ★ (@BrandYou) January 25, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    I wish every entrepreneur could see this list before they begin. Keeping a work-life balance was the biggest struggle for me. I didn’t set clear boundaries about my business time and my family time for the first few years in business. That ultimately lead to feeling depleted and losing that passion and joy that led me to create my business in the first place. I’m glad to say I’m back in a “happy” place and learning to delegate and build a good team. Thank you for the timely reminder.

    • elaine January 25, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

      Glad to hear you got back to the happy Cindy! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Miriam Wiener January 25, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    Elaine, the time-chunking and work/life balance pieces of your post really speak to me. Especially as my business grows (very rapidly, I might add) it seems to get harder to allot time for the things I really enjoy. Thanks for the reminder :)

    • elaine January 25, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

      Sure Miriam! Keeping rockin’ girl!

  3. Pamela Wills January 25, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    Great post, Elaine! As a Confidence Coach myself, I wholeheartedly agree that confidence is key for a happy life and business. The rest of your elements are also terrific! I especially appreciate your insights on delegation and organization, as these are two areas I find consistently challenging. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom!

    • elaine January 25, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

      You’re welcome Pamela! Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Kerry Swetmon January 25, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    Hi Elaine,
    So happy to be here on your blog:)
    I am actively trying to find some balance in my life. It’s coming along but I feel like I will regularly need to assess and possibly re-balance.

    • elaine January 25, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

      Thanks Kerry thrilled to see you here! I can imagine balance would be a problem for you as a multiple business owner! Let me know if there’s something I can for help. xoxo

  5. Deanna Fenton January 25, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    Delegation and building a strong team has been instrumental for me to finally be able to work on my business, instead of in it. Thank you for such great tips and the reminder that the goal should be to always get happier in our businesses!

    • elaine January 25, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

      Deanna I love how say “on it instead of in it!” Great insight. SO glad you enjoyed the post.

  6. Mia Rose January 26, 2013 at 5:05 am #

    I have a happy business for the first time in my life, and what an amazing difference it’s making to the quality of my life. Awesome post, Elaine!
    Warmest wishes,
    Mia :)

    • elaine January 26, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

      So glad to hear it Mia. You’re doing amazing work. Thanks for stopping by. xo

  7. Wendi Kelly-Creative Clarity Coaching January 28, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    I can safely say we have a happy business, and I agree, for many of the reasons you mentioned. I would also add one more. We have become very clear about the clients we love working with, and we view our business as an honor to serve them. Because of that, every day is a day we look forward to because we know we are blessed to have that opportunity.

    Great post, thanks!

    • elaine January 28, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

      Great addition Wendi Kelly! Working with ideal clients is key and goes along way to keeping everything in balance. Thanks so much for the addition.

      Elaine

  8. Jennifer Bourn January 28, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    I have a happy business. Yes I do! But it wasn’t always that way. When I said yes to everyone, delegated nothing, and tried to do it all myself without help, I did not have a happy business. These are great reminders!

    • elaine January 28, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

      I wouldn’t expect anything else from you Jennifer! But I guess it’s a learning curve for everyone. Thanks for sharing.
      Elaine

  9. Deb Dorchak January 28, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

    Very good points, Elaine. Why do we strike out on our own and start a business? To be happy! So many people dive in with great expectations and eventually become overwhelmed with either too much to do or too many ideas. They forget to take a step back and realize it all doesn’t have to be done at once. It’s okay to have a wishlist of long term goals, and then work on the smaller goals that get you to where you want to be. Confidence, systems, passion, delegation, family…none of them work for long alone, we need them all and nicely balanced if we’re going to reach success.

    • elaine January 28, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

      So true Deb glad you liked the post!

  10. Lisa Hines January 28, 2013 at 10:47 pm #

    Thank you for mentioning the concept of time/chunking. As I evaluate my time in my business, I’ll be implementing this concept. I was an expert at it for school, and my previous career. Now I have the great opportunity to do it in my Sacred Soul Journey Coaching business.

    • elaine January 29, 2013 at 2:17 am #

      Your welcome Lisa! So glad you found it helpful. Funny how we sometimes to remember what we know already and apply it to our own businesses.

  11. Robert January 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    It’s not overwhelming!
    I think this is so important to remember.
    Thanks for that!

    • elaine January 29, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

      You’re welcome Robert thanks for stopping by!

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