Are you in a Love-Hate Relationship With Your Business?
Since it is Valentine’s day, I thought it appropriate to tie in the holiday of LOVE to our businesses.
When we are in solo-practice, being in a partnership with our business is similar to being in a relationship with a person.
At the beginning of starting a business, you are in the honey-moon phase where life is all rosy, warm, and loving.
- You’re super excited to wake up in the morning and get going.
- You’re happy to spend lot’s of time and invest tons of energy to create a solid foundation.
- And, deep down you have an air of excitement of what’s to come from this new developing business, right?
But then, somewhere along the way, you might get a little burnt out, frustrated with the way ‘they’ are acting, disappointed in what “they” are not doing, and there are times when we are in such a deep funk that we are ready to throw in the towel.
Which phase are you at right now with your Business?
If you’re in the ‘I’m ready to break up with my business and get a ‘REAL’ job Phase, I’ve got a few suggestions for you to consider, before you throw in the towel!
(Think of me as your Business Cupid to bring the romance back!)
5 Tips To Revive The Romance In Your Business:
- Remind yourself WHY you started your business in the first place:
Was it for more freedom, more income, so you can call your own shots, make your own hours, do things the way you want to do them? Sometimes when we re-visit the initial reasons we went into business for ourselves, it helps us re-focus.
- Focus on the good things (not just the bad):
Recognize that in any relationship, it will never be all cake and ice cream. Acknowledge the fact that there will be times when ‘stuff’ doesn’t go the way you think it should or want it to go. Focus on the positive aspects of being in business for yourself and weigh out the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’.
- Bring back the Romance:
- Gather yourself some pretty flowers and place them in your office to perk things up.
- Invest in a new outfit to wear to work.
- Buy a new set of fancy sheets or a piece of equipment that will benefit both you and your clients.
- Gather some of your best clients and ask them to whisper sweet-nothings about how fabulous you are as a therapist in your ear. (OK, not really but you get my point!)
Sometimes just adding a few little touches of newness-goodness will bring back the joy of being in business.
- Take stock of what your business brings to you:
Do a serious inventory (at least once a year) to actually make a conscious decision to stay in the business relationship.Some people in business really should ‘break up’ with their biz.I encourage you to not feel as though you need to keep at it just because you started it. If you are feeling like you’ve created a ‘job’ that causes you more stress, gives you less freedom, and lower income when you weigh out how many hours you are working for the revenue it is bringing into your bank account, you may in fact decide this business is not for you (any more).
- Recognize it may be time to move on & see other ‘people’:
Many relationships end and it is OK. Relationships (businesses) do run their course and sometimes they’ve been great but the owner simply wants out.Sometimes even the best businesses need to close as they are not fulfilling it’s purpose anymore. I think it is important to understand, you are not (nor is it) a failure to end or breakup with your business!
Think of all the good times you had together, remember all the people you were able to connect with, and be joyful with the way it made your heart feel all pitter-patter in excitement. Those were good times!
(Word of caution: Don’t be too quick to end the relationship, as you know the grass may be greener on the other side, but you may have to kiss a lot of frogs until you find a great match.)
So, now it’s your turn. Add your comment below and tell us:
- Are you feeling ready to break up, and if so, tell us why.
- If your business relationship had some rocky times, share with us how you worked through them and what you did to bring it back to Hot, Hot, Hot!
- Are you still in love with your business, if so, tell us what it is that makes your heart sing!
Can’t wait to read what you have to share about your business romance below!