Whether you’re just starting out with your work at home business or you’ve had your home business for many years, there will be times when motivation levels can take a slump.
Here are four simple ways you can stay motivated in your work at home business, even when you feel like you’ve hit rock bottom:
1. Use a to-do list
Create a daily, weekly and even monthly list of things to do in your business. This may sound simple, but a to-do list is a powerful tool in helping you accomplish home business tasks.
Take a look at the to-do list every day
Prioritise your list at the start of each day so you can do those things that are most important first. If you have tasks that you absolutely dread, then put those tasks at the very top of the list if possible. This will give you a free mind for the remainder of the day to concentrate on the tasks you enjoy.
A list can consist of many things, from your PR activity, to phone calls that you need to make, and even simple things like reorganising your desk. Most successful business people create a list and then tick off the items as they are completed. Besides getting things done, it also gives a sense of accomplishment throughout the day as you complete tasks, which can be good for low motivation.
If you don’t like writing lists, you can try creating mind maps. I personally can’t bear lists, unless it’s food shopping, so when it comes to business, I love doing mind maps.
2. During slow business periods, don’t despair, take stock and look for new business</h3
When the phones stop ringing, or orders reduce, it could be down to a number of things. School holidays, low seasonal demand…it doesn't always spell boom for your business!
So don't despair – try to stay motivated by by looking for other ways to boost your business during those quiet times, or look for other home business opportunities that may tie into your current business.
If your product is for the summer months, for example, you could start thinking about offering a product or service to sell year round – perhaps to the travel industry (people will still encounter sunshine in other parts of the world when hey go on holiday). This will give you a chance to make money and enjoy multiple streams of income year round!
3. Keep training and learning
Running a home business doesn’t mean you stop learning – Being good at what you do means you have to stay on top of your industry and it’s trends, and stay ahead of your competitors, and to do that you need to keep learning.
Educate yourself through online training courses related to your field so you can learn how to maximize your skills and profits. There are many training courses available online today in just about every field, so you don’t always have to leave home to tap into them if this would be difficult.
4. Get out there – even if it’s virtually
If you haven’t done so already, join the Mothers Who Work Club and find out how to engage with people in your industry, and new customers for a little of your time, but at no financial cost to yourself.
Another way to stay motivated during a business slump is to network with others. Find others in related fields who can offer advice and encouragement about your business. A work at home business can be lonely at times because you never leave the house! Finding others online and off-line who do the same thing will give you an outlet for those lonely days.
Use these tips to stay motivated in your work at home business. You deserve success, so don’t give up!