10 Entrepreneurs Weigh In On How They Deal When Business Gets Rough
Being an entrepreneur, waking up everyday getting to do something that you love, spending time getting to know and delighting your audience is what entrepreneur dreams are made of. That is until something a major client falls through or a big launch doesn't go as planned. Not to mention the stress that can often come with trying to keep a business afloat.
While running a business can be one of the most incredible things that you could experience, it's not all butterflies and rainbows. Entrepreneurship is often seen as glamorous, walks in the park with literally no bad days. But for those of us who have been through the trenches, we know that not everyday will be perfect, good or even slightly enjoyable.
So how do you deal when you hit these rough patches?
I've enlisted women from different industries, to share how their tips and advice for not giving up and working through those difficult times.
"I get through rough patches by reaching out to my entrepreneur-besties for support. I'm art of several groups/masterminds so I have my go-to people who can help me strategize or simply motivate me to get back to work."
"What’s really helped me deal rough patches is trying to check my feelings and really doing mindset work. Also I think its super important to have a group of creatives that you can share your struggles with. It definitely helps you to not feel alone and crazy lol."
"When I hit a rough patch, the first thing I do is reach out to my mastermind group. Talking things out with fellow business owners helps keep me sane and gives me the confidence to keep moving forward even when things feel like they're falling apart."
"When I get stuck or things get rough, I double down on the basics that got me some traction in the first place. That means pitching on steroids, battering rams for (some) doors to companies I want to work with, and throwing everything I've got at my business. Because in the end, it's up to me to keep creatively shaking leads loose for growth."
"I communicate with my team and delegate tasks ahead of time when I know I need to shut down and recharge for a day or two due to the difficult tasks at hand; I reset by doing nothing except watching movies, reading books, or listening to my favorite playlist."
"When rough patches arise, I take a deep breath, reach out to a few members of my trusted group of friends/advisors, and give it a day. Within a day my perspective can change, I see the situation as a learning opportunity, or I rise to the occasion."
1. Talking with people I appreciate. These people include my fiancé, my parents, and my best business friends. They always stay honest. 2. Planning for various scenarios starting with worst case and working to perfect. You’d be surprised how often you find yourself taking parts of each plan to form the actual plan moving forward.
"As a part-time entrepreneur and part-time employee, there have been plenty of time where I feel unmotivated and ready to quit. But to keep me sane, I take a break from what I'm doing and look what everyone else is doing. And not just anybody, but successful people who inspire me. I scroll through their Instagram feed, stalk their website and even watch an interview or two with them. This always motivates me to keep going and get's my creative juices flowing."
"When I hit a rough patch in my business, I often take to a journal to get myself through it. I like to write down any negative thoughts running through my head, and then disputing them by writing down my most recent successes. It helps me to remember that in running my own business, I will always have moments like this – but I have also always pulled through because I am passionate about what I do. This job will always be worth the struggles that come along with it."
"Whenever I come across a hurdle within my business, my first plan of action is always to assess how I got there and what needs to be done in order to fix it. Last year I shared a feedback survey for my audience to complete and in return, promised them an amazing freebie. Well, a few users experienced a tech issue that didn't give them the freebie so they quickly went to social media to complain and even went as far as calling me a liar for not giving them what was promised - they felt cheated. Tech issues happen and it sucks. But I was able to send out another email apologizing to anyone who had the issue which quickly allowed me to fix it and deliver what was promised directly to them.
written by alisha robertson
Alisha is an author, business coach and founder of Living Over Existing. Visit her website.