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 …
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.
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.
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!
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