Like many, you may have been lured into entrepreneurship by tales of freedom and of living life on your own terms only to find yourself chained to a list of must-haves and to-dos.
Not exactly what you had in mind!
A business is a tricky beast to master and there’s no point in reinventing the wheel. It makes sense to seek mentors and follow winning strategies. However, stick to the well-trodden path a little too long and you may quickly get the feeling of wearing hand-me-downs. Your biz just doesn’t fit right. It’s tight, constricted, full obligations and compromises, and a far-cry from your initial dream of freedom.
If you recognize yourself in this picture, it could be time to breathe some new life into your business. Here are a few ideas to get your started:
– Get back to the basics
You probably didn’t begin working for yourself to update social media, fill up spreadsheets or follow-up with suppliers. While the day-to-day is important, it can make you lose sight of the big picture.
To breathe new life into your biz, the first order of things is to reconnect with the initial spark. Why did you start? How did you want to make a difference? What problem did you want to solve?
For me, a successful reinvention strategy always starts with getting back to the fundamentals. You can’t fix a something you don’t understand.
– Think outside of the box!
Painting by numbers makes life safe and easy, but it also keeps you in a rut. There is more than one path leading to success and you can invent yours. Unleash your creativity, get playful: what does ultimate success look like… to you?
– Embrace your uniqueness.
Sure, you have to be professional but that doesn’t mean being boring. How can you bring more YOU into your biz? Do have any quirky habits? Unsung passions? Let them shine! You’d be surprised how sharing your love for playing flute or for riding dirt bikes can positively impact your biz.
– Mentors are gold, the right mentors are diamond.
There are a lot of experts with strong voices out-there. However it’s not about finding successful mentors, it’s about finding mentors that help you reach success on your terms. Fire the ones who don’t align with where you are going and seek new ones who really get your vision.
– Your business also needs to regain its summer figure: trim the excess weight!
Are there any programs you hate delivering? Any clients who drive you mad? How can you remove the friction? Do you need to kill off programs, delegate some tasks, update your branding to get clients you love? It’s your biz, write the rules!