Working from home, being your own boss requires a certain amount of objectivity. In other words, you must be open to change especially when your current strategies are ineffective. Many people get “comfortable” with ways of doing things even though these ways are old and outdated or aren’t producing desired outcomes. The principle way of staying out of this rut is to always ask yourself, “What’s next?”
1. As an entrepreneur, you should be in a constant mode of improvement, even when things are going perfectly well.
Many of us get content during times of plenty and will tend to just let the day-to-day operations be simply business as usual. But that’s exactly the time to turn it up a notch! This is the time to build upon momentum. Complacency kills motivation. So, when things are going really well, listen to that little faint voice in your head ring, “Ok. So, what’s next?”
2 Always think in terms of not only being effective, but being better at what you do.
Never be afraid to step outside your limits and challenge your current understanding of things. This process should not be lived inside of a vacuum. Network with others in your field of expertise. Find out what others are doing; you will learn from them. Always learn and keep abreast on the relevant elements of your business.
3. Understand that you are always realizing results–what works and what doesn’t.
When things are not working, many people view this as failure. This point of view is not only inaccurate, but limiting and very disempowering. Instead, realize that this is very useful information. This is the place where many would-be entrepreneurs give up and close up shop. However, this is exactly the point where you must ask yourself, “Okay, what’s next?” This is the time to push forward because you’ve learned something. Take this information and put it to work.
4. One way to alleviate frustration and uncertainty is connections with other people.
Being your own boss can be frustrating, because you’ll often find yourself in a state of flux, making various changes, learning new technologies, replacing one strategy with another. For some, this can be frightening–but it doesn’t have to be. Delegate some of the responsibility. Many home business owners find this difficult to do because they want to do it all. However, this simply isn’t practical. You can’t realistically be all things: web designer, payroll manager, writer, general manager, etc. This takes valuable time from what you do best–your business.
5. Remember your bottom line.
On big reason that entrepreneurs never realize success in business is simply because they will not delegate. Don’t let this be you. Just because you are an expert in your field, doesn’t make you an expert in all fields. You’ll want all facets of your business running well and competently. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever to sell blankets if you can’t answer the phones to take the orders because you’re tied up sewing them.
Developing the skill of objectivity in the daily running and operation of your business is just as essential for you, the small business owner, as it is to a mega corporation. So don’t be afraid to periodically ask yourself, “Okay, what’s next?”.