December 11, 2014
As an entrepreneur, it is normal to feel frustrated at times. Being your own boss often means managing all aspects of your business; from accounting and HR to marketing and business development, it can be extremely difficult to adequately fill all the necessary roles to launch and grow your business. As an entrepreneur, it can be difficult to stay motivated. It is natural at times, to struggle with procrastination and discouragement. Although the times may be tough, it is important to never quit. Remember that a little patience goes a long way and your persistence will pay off. Here are our top five motivational tips to help entrepreneurs stay dedicated to their business:
Set Goals. Every entrepreneur should set out goals or some form of a to-do list for themselves. This is the most simple and effective motivational tool for productivity. Many people have trouble finding a set of goals that works for them. While some people are naturally organized and use colorful lists as the solution to disorganization - this is not the case for everyone. Every entrepreneur is different and each of their set of goals should be different as well. Whether you are using a simple piece of paper or an innovative electronic app - set small achievable goals for yourself and review them constantly. This will keep you focused and help you get more work done in less time.
Create a Schedule. This goes hand-in-hand with setting goals. Every entrepreneur’s business is different and they will have different goals, initiatives and schedules. Perhaps the most important factor to remember when creating a schedule is to remain realistic. Do not set a schedule that you know you cannot keep up with. Write down the steps you want to take in order to achieve your goals and when you want to finish them by. This will help you stay on track. Remember to be flexible and stay optimistic! Try not to get down on yourself if you get behind schedule. There will always be unexpected twists on an entrepreneur's path to success. Along with your goals, keep your schedule in a place where you will see it often and update it as needed.
Attend Networking Events. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people is such a crucial aspect of motivation and is an excellent tool to network and grow your business. In Dubai, there are many business councils and networking groups available for entrepreneurs to engage with other business owners. Entrepreneurs attending the networking events tend to have a positive outlook for their business and can be inspiring to one another. These networking events will also ensure that you are meeting potential new customers and forging alliances to get your business the support and success it deserves.
Take a Break. In the bustling metropolis of Dubai, you will never be short on things to do, places to go, or people to see for your business. When you setup your own company in Dubai, a city that never sleeps, it can be tempting to try and do it all. For an entrepreneur, work can overpower your life if you let it. Above everything else, it is important for you to take care of yourself. Recharge your inner batteries by taking a break from work and doing something that makes you happy. This is especially important if work is leaving you stressed or frustrated. After clearing your head and taking a break, you will be more likely to come up with effective solutions. If you are only focusing on your work goals - you won’t be able to enjoy your journey. Balance is key. Don’t miss out on life by becoming consumed by your ambitions.
Think of your Customers. Many entrepreneurs in Dubai today work solely online which, unlike a traditional brick-and-mortar business, means they do not get to interact with their customers in the flesh. Small business owners get to see smiling faces, whereas entrepreneurs are sometimes left staring at their computer screen. When you are feeling demotivated, remember that your customers and clients are benefiting from your work and keeping you in business. Take a look at your customer reviews or feedback to help get yourself back on track and remind yourself why you’re in the business.