5 Challenges All Small Business Owners Must Overcome!

5 Challenges All Small Business Owners Must Overcome!

On the surface small business owners seem to have it made considering in many cases, they are working alone! Oh course the initial assumption understandably is, when working alone, you have nobody pushing, pressuring or pissing you off, thereby ruining an otherwise peaceful day! Time to get real however since solopreneurs, like the ones described above, have many challenges standing between them and their aspirations for small business success! Subtle as these challenges may be however, unless you’re willing to work to overcome them, even just one, could easily be the cause of any business failure!

For anybody working alone in their own business here are 5 areas of concern they must address if they plan on being successful…

Work Overload

When you are the ‘owner operator’ of any business you must be willing to work since you can’t rely upon the help of others! This ‘willingness’ however can grow a bit weary over time, especially if the results from the efforts you’ve invested are slow in coming! Either fatigue or frustration or both is all you need to ‘dampen’ or even extinguish the competitive fires within you causing you to lose your drive and relinquish your dreams!

Anxiety

When working alone self-doubt can often times be your worst enemy but this is something that ‘comes with the territory’ when working as a solopreneur! Without feedback or encouragement from others minor problems can easily bloom into a full blown catastrophe and the next thing you know, rationale thinking goes out the window! Anxiety can not only keep you from enjoying the small business success you seek but it can and will ruin your life if left unchecked!

Stress

Both the mental and physical capabilities of anyone who works alone are under constant demand which leads to exhaustion in both cases! Once again without the support or even the simple camaraderie associated with having others around , any stress be it physical or mental, has the tendency to grow disproportionately! There are many dangers signs here that threaten not only your small business success but even more importantly, your overall health! Remember, stress can kill so steps need to be taken by solopreneurs to avoid long periods of isolation! Spend more time with family and friends to help keep you grounded, you’ll be glad you did!

Motivation

When you are motivated both your focus and your efforts tend to be very strong which is why most entrepreneurs need to be self driven! Now there are many reasons that may motivate someone, some may be internal, which is a strong source, while others may be more external, much like the encouragement you get from others! It is external sources of motivation most solopreneurs lack thereby putting them at a bit of a disadvantage UNLESS they identify other sources from which they can draw their motivation! Simply remember you MUST be willing to work at keeping your ‘drive’ alive because the success you seek will slip away otherwise!

Education

Keeping yourself up to date with current news and developments is challenging enough for any online entrepreneur but for solopreneurs, this challenge can be greater! With so much to do and so little time to do it, it becomes very easy to put your own self-education on hold, or worse, shelve it completely! Maintaining your ongoing education is critical for any online business primarily because things change so fast on the internet and in the blink of an eye you can find yourself far behind the competition!

Although small business owners appear to have it made because they are working alone with no one bossing them around, they do face unique challenges! The fact is that solopreneurs like those described above must be willing to work through certain fundamental challenges that confront them each and every day! These challenges, issues and/or concerns, as discussed above are simple enough but do, however, become particularly daunting to anybody working alone! The point is without the constant support, feedback or encouragement of others, which most solopreneurs tend to lack, small business success will evade them!

Thinking Outside the Box for Business Success

Thinking Outside the Box for Business Success

As an internet entrepreneur thinking outside the box is something that will give you a competitive advantage because most people follow the accepted ‘norms’ that are proven to be safe and effective! Being more creative gives you a fresh perspective on things that often leads to innovation while also serving to enhance your problem solving and decision making skills as well! The problem is calling upon your creative genius is NOT always as simple as it may seem which is unfortunate because being creative can help you in so many different ways and when operating on the internet, it can also help you stand out!

Let’s dive immediately into how your own creativity is actually a business asset as well as discussing tips you can use to quickly summons the creative genius in you for whatever purpose!

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The tips offered above will enable you to nuture and bring forth your own creative genius! By maintaining the right mindset and surrounding yourself with like-minded others, this will allow you to more readily tap into your own creativity! Sometimes the suggestions above may just not be enough so the following article serves to offer you an extensive list of tips, tactics and techniques desighned to stimulate and bring forth the creative genius that lies dormant in you!

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The following video featuring Rafael Eliassen discusses the difficulty many of us sometimes have blasting through those ‘creative blocks’ to unlock our own original and unique thoughts! Enjoy the video as Rafael shares with you his own 4 step formula for bringing out the creativity in you!

Thinking outside the box is a great way to stand out and be innovative, especially on the internet, but it’s not always easy to tap into your creative genius since most people tend to follow ‘norms’ already established! The fact is, as discussed above, creativity is actually a very valuable business asset that amongst others things, allows you to improve your problem solving and decision making as well as helping you think along innovative lines! The intent, lesson or takeaway from the discussion above is not only how creativity (yours) is an asset, but how you can easily summons your creative genius for when and where you may need it, which in life is all the time!

The Role Critical Thinking Plays in Your Success

The Role Critical Thinking Plays in Your Success

Critical thinking, in a nutshell, is essentially exercising the ability to gather pertinent facts and reason through them in a way that helps you to improve your problem solving and decision making skills! For anyone working by and/or for themselves, such as quite possibly you, critical or active thinking plays a very important role in your business success therefore this is a skill you do want to practice and increase!

Without further ado, let’s dive immediately into learning exactly what critical or active thinking is and how to put it to use in a way that boosts your business success and enriches your personal life!

Critical Thinking

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As an entrepreneur, which many of you likely are, your ability to ‘reason’ through any information you may possess is of course ‘critical’ to your overall success! On the other hand, when faced with a problem, it is always wise to have a back-up plan or strategy that will help you overcome the obstacle that you are facing sooner rather than later! The following brief video offers you 3 tips you can use to help you resolve problems you may NOT have enough experience with or information about thus making it a bit more difficult to solve in a reasonable time frame!

Critical thinking, often referred to as active thinking, is a skill that allows you to ‘absorb’ any data or facts that you can use to help yourself ‘reason’ out the best decisions! Thinking in this way will certainly help you improve your problem solving and decision making abilities and for those of you working online, these skills will definitely serve you well in pursuit of your business success! The accompanying video also dispenses a few very valuable tips or strategies to be used when you may find yourself facing problems that prove to be a bit more difficult and thus require more than just your own reasoning abilities! Success, in almost any form almost always involves the critical process of problem solving and decision making and the information shared above here today is intended to help you through this critical process so that success, in fact, comes easier to you!

Do Negative Thoughts Keep You From Success?

Do Negative Thoughts Keep You From Success?

Negative thoughts, we all have them, can also be viewed as a silent, lingering, cognitive cancer that tends to influence the very way we think or live our lives! Whether it is past experiences, a lack of confidence or some other reason, it is not unusual for any of us to be influenced, whether knowingly or not, by having low expectations due to negative thinking! What a dismal life yours can become by NOT staying positive about your expectations but instead assuming ‘doom and gloom’ is around every corner! Now, if you expect to accomplish anything of significance in your life, how the hell do you get and stay motivated to do so when the very way you think is sabotaging your ability to stay motivated in the first place?

Let’s have a closer look at how negative feelings or thoughts can hold you back from experiencing greater happiness and success in your life and why staying positive is so important…

Negative Thinking and How to Overcome It

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Obviously carrying around negative thoughts will only serve to make just about everything you do that more difficult! You tend to approach most things more with a feeling of dread instead of having a take-charge attitude fueled by your unbridled enthusiasm and confidence! When you feel you’re unstoppable it is MUCH easier to get and stay motivated when in pursuit of any goal but on the other hand, negativity can and will definitely hold you back! Let’s now ‘explore’ how you can develop a more positive mindset which can make your life more enjoyable and your successes more abundant!

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Negative thoughts or self-talk for that matter needs to be identified early on or otherwise you run the risk of allowing them to literally ‘dictate’ the course of your life! As harsh as what I just stated appears to be, it is true that your ‘outlook’ will typically, in most cases, dictate the results of your efforts! Based upon that ‘logic’ it seems to stand to reason, yet again, that staying positive is the ONLY mindset that makes sense to adopt! Now further consider this: most if not all ‘significant’ goals any of us will have in our lifetime will require the ability to get and stay motivated to achieve them so now the obvious question, is there any choice? To achieve more YOU must be firmly committed to the/your cause and staying positive about where you’re are headed will make it SO much easier to take on and conquer any obstacles that you’re presented with as you enjoy your magnificent journey!

The Mindset for Success, Do You Have It?

The Mindset for Success, Do You Have It?

Having the mindset for success is just as important as the physical efforts you invest in your quest to reach your goals! Many feel that their physical effort is all that’s needed to be successful but this could NOT be further from the truth! There’s no argument that you must be willing to work to achieve anything of reasonable significance but without the proper frame of mind to help maintain your motivation and direct your efforts, you may never reach your goals! If success is something you seek, it’s important to realize effort alone is going to get you where you want to go, and that your mental preparation plays a HUGE role in the level of success you do achieve!

The following video features some highly successful business leaders and athletes who share their own views on what it takes to be successful!

 

Do you have a mindset for success? The discussion we had here today emphasized the importance of not only being willing to work to reach your goals but also developing a mindset to help keep you and track and focused! You can not have one without the other and expect great results! Always remember, success starts in your own head and ‘filters’ out through your body in the form of the actions you take! If your actions are not properly directed by an ‘established’ goal oriented mindset, the actions you do take will likely lead to much frustration and wasted effort (possibly) resulting in you giving up and walking away from goals you’ve set! That really sucks!!!