Do You *Really* Love Your Business?

February 14, 2011

in Business

How Much Do You Love Your Business?

If you are a woman entrepreneur, you probably know what I mean when I say it’s easy to have a love-hate relationship with your business. Running your own business can be empowering, exhilarating, and exhausting!

Ask any woman in business and she’ll attest to the “honeymoon” phase in her life as an entrepreneur. Emotions run high and nothing can stop you and your biz! But once the sense of newness subsides, and certain tasks become mundane, the grind that can come with running your own business can start to rub you the wrong way.

Entrepreneurship has its highs and lows, that is a given, but if you really love your business yet find yourself feeling more low than high about it, you might need to bring back that loving feeling.

Four Ways to Start Loving Your Business More

Start having more fun IN and WITH your business.

It’s really easy to forget to have fun in your business. This is probably because the notion of fun isn’t widely associated with being in business. The truth is, the more fun you have IN and WITH your business, the more successful you and your business will be.

Having fun IN and WITH your business doesn’t mean you have to do anything outrageous. You can simply start having more fun IN and WITH your business by getting a little creative in different areas. For example, if you do a lot of in-person networking for your business, consider developing a creative way to make your business stand out and get remembered. Maybe you can wear a customized t-shirt, hand out a branded keepsake, or create an unorthodox elevator pitch.

Or if you work from home, have more fun in your business by listening to upbeat music while you work. Or go work in a different environment like a café or a bookstore. Clearly, these are not mind-blowing suggestions. By simply stepping outside of the box, doing something a little different, and infusing creativity into your day-to-day business life your business will start to be more fun for you and your customers.

Take time away from your business.

You know the saying “distance makes the heart grow fonder?” Well, this couldn’t be more true as it applies to your business. Overworking yourself is not only unhealthy, but it stifles your ability to creatively solve problems or come up with new ideas for products and services. You should be taking extended breaks from your business on a regular basis. Depending upon your workload this may mean you take one full day off of work each week, or it could mean you take a three day weekend every other month. Whatever the case may be, you must commit to taking time away from your business so that you can recharge and reinvest that energy into your business.

Delegate more.

Delegation is essential for growing any business – especially for the solopreneur. When you first start delegating responsibilities in your business, it’s kind of like bringing your child to school for the very first time. It’s hard to let go, and you’re worried about your baby being properly cared for. But as you know you must drive away for your child’s own good, the same holds true for delegating responsibilities in your business – it’s for its own good.

The key to delegating effectively is to delegate those things which you are not good at, and which you do not like to do. This is how delegation helps you love your business more, because you get to do more of the things that you already love to do. The sooner you can afford to delegate responsibilities the better. The longer you try to manage everything on your own, the harder it will be to delegate down the road.

Stop thinking about what your business is going to get for you, and start thinking more about how your business can serve others.

Selfish motives will make you miserable. If your only reason for being in business for yourself is to make as much money as you possibly can, you’re going to end up becoming a miserable slave to your business. Passion goes a long way when it comes to running your own business. Not only do you have to fully believe in the products and services that you provide, but you must feel that your efforts are truly worthwhile.

One of the most effective ways to increase your affection for your business is to really understand how you provide value to your clients, and realize that your contribution to the marketplace matters. Once you’ve established this mindset about your business, your products, and your services you will find an intrinsic sense of importance about your work. Having this intrinsic desire to carry out the mission of your business will not only help you love your business more, but it is a fundamental element of a long-lasting and prosperous business.

Why Loving Your Business Matters

You spend hours upon hours of your life working on growing and building your business. Why dedicate so much of that time to something that makes you miserable? Don’t get into an unhealthy (or even abusive) relationship with your business. Be bold in your business, set boundaries for yourself, and be a business owner that provides true value. Not only will you love your business a whole lot more, but so will your clients!

What do you do that helps you love your work even more? Can you think of any creative ways to bring more fun to your business? Let’s chat about it in the comments!

Billee Brady@ Lifepath Unlimited February 15, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Hey,

If you don’t have love for your business you might as well get a job…
I love my home based business and I happily go to work every day in my boxers at my desk! LOL
If you have love for your business it will shine through and your success will come in droves…

Are you using the Network Marketing 2.0 Business Model?

Thanks,
Billee Brady
Lifepath Unlimited

Marlee February 16, 2011 at 6:14 am

That’s right Billee. Love for you business always shines through!

Project GiveOpp February 15, 2011 at 10:29 am

A really great post. I love this line “Stop thinking about what your business is going to get for you, and start thinking more about how your business can serve others”. That is so true and a very profitable mindset to have in any business. Give, give and give some more and people will be compelled to support you and give in return.

Marlee February 16, 2011 at 6:14 am

Exactly!
It’s in giving that we receive!
Thank you for your comment. :)

redkathy February 14, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Very true and beneficial advice here. Learning when to walk away, not answer the phone, just stop working is difficult. I work from home with my husband and while the benefits are abundant, one can fall into the always working for real! After about the first five years, I learned how to stop. Actually, I forced myself to stop and it was very rejuvenating. I would refuse to discuss business after a certain hour, turn of the phones, close the office door and stop working. This speaks to your time away theory, it is very important.

Marlee February 15, 2011 at 7:15 am

Hey Kathy,
I can totally relate to getting sucked into the working from home/working all the time cycle.
It’s so easy to do. Discipline is essential in this area.

Thanks for sharing your insights!

Kalen February 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I personally do. I may feel that there is room to grow and change before I have reached the stage I want to be at, but I am doing what I love. If you can’t love what you do, then you need to find something else. You will have a hard time succeeding if you don’t enjoy it.

Marlee February 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I hear that Kalen. Thanks for stopping by

Morgan February 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm

So much YES! This is all advice that every entrepreneur, woman or man, needs to adhear to. You will certainly wear yourself out quickly if you don’t follow these suggestions.

Yes it’s important to work hard to keep the business afloat, but you don’t have to kill yourself in the process. :)

Thanks a lot for this!

Marlee February 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Glad you find the info applicable Morgan! I mean we spend so much time
in and with our business, we should love it, right?!?!

Tia Peterson February 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I love this. I’ve been loving my business a lot more recently. Much of what has happened is that I started realizing that I’ve been pretty removed from it emotionally, and needed to develop an emotional connection, so that I could talk about it a little more passionately. For a long time I’ve let myself get apathetic about the benefits of what my services can provide. So what I did was cut away those services that I didn’t feel like mattered to my customers in the long run, and focused instead on the things I think people really, really need and would want. In this way, I could speak more persuasively about what I do.

This falls into your last point about serving others. When we feel like our business really serves our customers, we will be far more successful.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Marlee February 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm

You nailed it Tia! It’s all about bring yourself into your business in a healthy and
meaningful way. Once you can do this, you open floodgates of joy as it relates
to what you do!

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