I’m not going to lie. I’ve got my hands full!
Two kids, one on the way, a nine month old puppy, and three businesses up and running or in the works. Sounds crazy, right?
Not so much. One of my businesses is solely my own, the other two involve partners and/or investors that I work with. While this does take some of the stress and workload off of myself, it’s still a lot.
But it keeps me motivated.
There are days where I have a total creative block. As hard as I try, everything I type up for this website is complete garbage. Not even worth a second look. But instead of getting frustrated with the business, I move on to something else.
Maybe I can’t write today, but I sure can work on a few marketing projects!
So what can you do?
1. Write down your ideas. All of them.
Want to start a blog, open a jewelry boutique, start a YouTube channel, and get into affiliate marketing? Don’t limit yourself. Right these ideas down. See how you can connect them and how you can get them to work together. That being said…
2. Don’t start everything at once.
If you try to build ten businesses at once, you’ll end up failing each and every one of them. That’s not to say that you can’t start ten businesses. Just that you need to give yourself time to work out the kinks that will inevitably happen for each one. Give yourself time to get comfortable. To get a routine. To really build.
3. Plan ahead, and plan well.
Contrary to what some high-production-value Facebook ads will tell you… starting a business doesn’t happen overnight. Sure, the idea can come in a split second; but like I said before, it takes time to build. Always have a plan -not just a mental one- but a well-written, detailed business plan. Not only will this come in handy if you need investors or partners, but it’ll give you something to look back on when you’re feeling confused or overwhelmed.
4. Find the common denominator
This can be a difficult one. But it’s crucial. You need to find the thing that connects your ideas. For me, it was my love of marketing. I use marketing daily; whether or not I’m wearing my consultant hat that day. Regardless of what business aspect I’m working on, marketing is in the back of my head. Find what connects your business ideas and focus on it.
5. Start and don’t stop…
Don’t procrastinate. When you feel you’re ready to go… go. Don’t wait for the “perfect moment” because more than likely, it will not come. Businesses are built on a foundation of blood, sweat, and tears. It will not come easy, and you’ll have to work twice, three times, even four times as hard… but you will reap the benefits. So don’t let fear, laziness, or preoccupation prevent you from making your dreams happen.
6. But take breaks when you need to.
Careful with this one. Don’t go overboard and become complacent. But do give yourself a break every so often. If you don’t, you’ll burn out. And we all know what that feels like. The thing is, burnout doesn’t always go away very quickly. Sometimes it can suck the motivation right out of us. So make sure you’re getting enough relaxation time as you need. It might even end up helping you come up with new ideas!
7. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it
This should be a no-brainer but it happens far too often. No matter what your ideas are, no matter how far-fetched they may seem to someone else, and no matter how hard you’ll have to work for them… just remember, you have the ability to succeed.
So go on succeeding.