One of the great aspects of having an online business is supposed to be that you can work from home, make your own hours, work in your PJ’s and build a business of your dreams while enjoying your leisure, your family, your life. Right?
SCREECH! What happened, then?
Are you afraid to get started?
Are you avoiding the things that you know will push you to the next step?
Are you stuck behind your computer, alone and overwhelmed?
Are you getting lost in cyber space, surfing and not building?
Are you avoiding engaging in activity, often not leaving your home office for a day or two…
… and leisure, what’s that?
I call it the Online Entrepreneur Rut. This rut can leave you feeling down, lacking energy, lost, alone, and have you questioning your reasons for wanting to start this business in the first place.
Here are Some Simple Ways to Ensure Success:
Reach out to build or find your community, your village, your tribe.Networking both online and offline is a vital an important part of your growth.
Surround yourself with the support of others that you can share successes with. It can be challenging to get out there and share your frustrations with another. However, most often, the case is that the person you are speaking to is currently or has had a similar situation, and ill be glad to give you thoughts and ideas based on their experience.
Step away from it all. Really, shut down the computer, turn off the technology and get away from it all. Try going for a workout, walk in nature, listen your music to get your creative juices flowing and your energy soaring.
Do something to re-connect to your inner dreams and goals. Do you meditate, read, journal? What will help you be re-inspired and remember why you began this journey to start with?
Attend various networking meetings, business trainings, weekend events. Building relationships is key to success. Enjoy a few in person meetings over coffee for a much needed break.
Call on people you trust to bounce off ideas, frustrations, and fears. I love the Buddy – System! Work with your friends and colleagues to keep accountability and get trusted feedback.
Check in with your Coach or Mentor. Working with a coach will catapult your progress. If you don’t have one, consider doing so.
These efforts can help make your experience as an Online Entrepreneur a rich, fulfilled and satisfying one. You may have an opportunity to gain vast knowledge, feedback, and creative ideas. These key ingredients assist your business to flourish more quickly and smoothly. In my six years full-time with my online business, I’ve used these methods to build some wonderful relationships and alliances with experts that are just plain good people. I am now grateful to have trusted colleagues and to call many of them my friends.
Go ahead, give it a few of them a try. You are likely to feel much better after you do.