Working from home has its challenges. Being an entrepreneur for me is a fabulous feeling. I love that I am in control of how much money I make daily and when I get the tasks completed. I can work all day long or all night long, the options are endless. When you are an entrepreneur something switches in you and it’s like you are happier than you’ve ever been. This is not to say that days can drag on or you have bad moments where motivation simply doesn’t arrive. Learning to be self-motivated is one of the biggest skills an entrepreneur must master in order to be successful. Since a lot of people ask me how I am able to achieve success while raising three kids and keeping a happy relationship with my other half, I thought I would share 3 tips to stay motivated as an entrepreneur so you can have this happy work and life balance too.
Have a Mission Statement
While my own mission statement is something along the lines of, “to provide excellent content, services and assistance to others as a means to help them thrive as a work from home entrepreneur”, yours can be a bit deeper. When you have a mission statement, something that you can turn to when motivation is low, it really helps motivate you. For example, having typed out that short little sentence of a mission statement just boosted me. The mission statement reminds you the why behind your work at home business. This statement should be created and often referred to each day. The act of having a mission statement serves two purposes:
- To keep your business running in the right direction.
- To keep your mindset properly aligned so that you can be productive.
Have a Routine
I cannot stress this enough, an entrepreneur may work from home but a work routine is still necessary. Think about your life at home, when can you get a large amount of work accomplished without interruption? What times work well for your lifestyle? Set a routine for your work at home business that allows you to maximize productivity while still tending to the family life. Work around what times of day you are most productive, consider reading my tips on sticking to a work a home routine to further evaluate what you can do to make the most out of your day.
Make use of Automation
There are some entrepreneurs who will hop right on the bandwagon for automation while others are still stuck in the old school mentality. Many automated services are out there that can help you with social media marketing with less time. If you want to be a successful entrepreneur then you must learn to work smarter not harder. Using automation can easily motivate you because you are freeing up time to focus on other areas of business. Most of us came home to work so that we had more time, automation solves this problem. Not sure what types of automated platforms can help save you time? Here’s a few ideas:
- Roundups.io – Helps you to create Amazon Affiliate roundups easily for yourself and/or clients. Price $5 a month or $50 a year.
- Hootsuite.com– Helps to automate marketing updates to Twitter and Facebook. Price – free for a basic plan which is really useful if you don’t have a ton of social media accounts.
- Rehashtag.com – Easily scheduled retweets via Twitter by inserting a hashtag, setting a trickle time and letting the system RT during the day. Price $13 a month, $16 a month or $140 a year.
- Tacks.io & RetweetChores.com – each of these systems help you to complete FB chore threads for Pinterest and Twitter. Price for Tacks is $13 a month or $130 a year. RetweetChores has many levels but current deal is $99 for the year.
It’s Not Difficult, Keep it Simple
Learning to stay motivated as an entrepreneur really doesn’t take a whole lot. It’s just learning how you work best. Determine a mission statement that matters to you and will resonate with you during trying times. Set up and stick with a work at home routine. Consider investing some cash into hiring a Virtual Assistant or using some of the automated programs referenced above. The key to finding your motivation really is about following these 3 simple tips and running with it.
Wishing you much success in your life as an entrepreneur. Cheers!