We’re entrepreneurs. We have ambition. When we see something we like or have a great idea, we start to figure out the execution. Our minds are ALWAYS moving. This can get very tiring.
I want to tell you that sometimes, you just need to slow things down a bit.
In our world, it’s very easy to lose focus. When it comes to running a business there are always a million and one things going on. Whose building what, are payments being sent, is the accounting right, are these quotes going out. It doesn’t end.
Being a solopreneur can be even harder. As a solopreneur, you’re it! You make the decision. It’s up to you to weigh the pros and cons. All the weight is on your shoulders.
This is not easy. My wife will catch me sometimes just staring into space, it’s not that I’m not thinking, it’s more that I’m over thinking. It’s hard to turn off!
I recently made a drastic change in my business. It may hurt, or it may be amazing. The key though was that it needed to be done.
What I did
2014 was a great year for me. I decided to take things seriously and I literally quadrupled my income. You can here all about it in my 30k Ebook (coming soon).
Although things were going great for me, I found myself working, and I mean a lot! Some of you may do freelancing as your full time business, but I have a family, a full time job, AND a business. I had many late nights.
Early in 2015 I needed a change. Not because anything was wrong, but because I didn’t want to be the sole person where everything was landing on. The business I can handle. The business plus the development of website, plus project management, and everything else was really starting to take it’s toll.
Sure, I had a few people to help out, but the joy wasn’t there.
Success can mean many things.
Many people would probably look at the money and say, “Oh, he’s successful, he’s making a lot of money”. This may sound crazy, but I didn’t really care about the money. Not to sound cocky, but I know how to make money, that’s not the issue in my case. The issue is more finding out who I am, what I really want to do, and where I want to put my energy.
Yes I was making money, but there was still something wrong. It wasn’t feeling right. I like making videos, I like teaching, I like sharing, but all I was doing was working.
Things had to change. I slowed it down.
If you start to feel like your a robot and all your doing is the same thing over and over, then my advice to you is stop. If you can’t stop, slow down. Take the back seat for a moment and reevaluate yourself and your situation.
Are you doing what you want to be doing? Are you happy doing it? Is your energy in the right place?
Warning: There may be a period of recovery if you do this. The key though is to find what you enjoy doing. Do it, then monetize it.
I may be speaking prematurely to some, because in all honesty, this was something that really took time to realize. I’ve been creating websites for a very long time. I love creating websites! I also learned a lot in my experience and something that I loved more then creating website, was helping OTHER people create websites.
To me, my company surefirewebservices.com is more then a business. It’s also a life long experiment of what works, what doesn’t work, why does it work, testing, measuring, changing.
As long as I can adjust things, I will always be able to constantly improve what works, and eliminate what doesn’t.
Take control of your business, and if it’s stressing you to a point of discouragement, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.