5 Ways to Feel Fulfilled in your Small, Creative Business
If you're a small business owner it's easy to fall into the trap of the grind and anxiety of your never ending to-do list. If I'm being honest with you, I'm writing this post because these are all things I need to remember for MYSELF. You work away tirelessly on your big dream goals and things don't always come together as quickly as you would like them to. This can be taxing on your soul and tiring on your spirit, but you have to believe that good things will happen if you continue to work your ass off. Here are my top 5 ways to feel fulfilled in your small creative business when you're running on empty.
1. Celebrate goals big & small
It's SO easy to be hard on yourself, and focus on what you're not doing, need to do, or SHOULD be doing. Speaking from experience here, I was hustling so hard preparing for the launch of my new website, refining the Kitty Meow Boutique brand and offerings, and launching into wholesale. I did A LOT of work in a short amount of time. You read everywhere how people SLAYED a 6 figure launch, and believe me I had big goals for what my launch would be. Let's be real though, it was no 6 figure launch. Not even close. All I could focus on was what I didn't do, and never took the time to celebrate what I DID accomplish. How awful is that?!
Don't do that to yourself. Celebrate every goal you set for yourself, big or small. Like, really celebrate them too! Not a wimpy "woo hoo....", but like a "Hell yes!! I am ON FUEGO!" You have to friend. If you only focus on the negative you're going to burn out and not have the drive to keep on keeping on. This journey is just that...a journey. It's a marathon, not a sprint. Give your creative soul the fuel it needs to keep hustlin'.
2. Give yourself grace
Being a small business owner is not easy. In the beginning, you're often wearing many hats because you can't always afford to dish out the money to let other people wear those hats for you. Sometimes you need to take a step back and take some time to reflect. There are times I get so upset with my husband, who works for a huge company, because he has people to assist and schedule his every move. I think..."Damn, imagine what I could do if I didn't have to do all the meaningless tasks that eat away at my day!?" Sob sob sob. Have yourself a good cry, and then get over it. One day you'll be able to hire out all the tasks that don't bring you joy, but until then give yourself a pat on the back for making it happen regardless. Needless to say, you WILL have to delegate if you ever want to make it big, but don't beat yourself up if you can't delegate everything right now. Cut yourself some slack. It will all come together if you keep your eye on the prize and focus on the big picture.
3. Don't compare or get caught up in meaningless numbers
Don't confuse this with not knowing your financials or caring about how much money you're bringing in. I mean this is a business after all. The whole point of a business is to MAKE MONEY. (And don't forget...busy does not equal business) I'm talking about the meaningless numbers here. Having lots of followers on your social media channels is fantastic and comes with it's own opportunities, but don't let yourself believe that it defines you as a human being. Focus on a consistent marketing plan for social media, stick to it, and watch these numbers grow organically. If it's a small climb that's ok! Spend more time thinking about how you can serve the audience you DO have, and worry less about what you don't have.
4. Line up cheerleaders
Not talking about Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders here, but your cheerleaders in your business. Are you a part of a mastermind group? Do you have people in your industry you can hash out ideas with? Who can you go to for a humble brag when you're celebrating your goals or an ugly cry if you aren't feeling like you're enough? You need these cheerleaders in your life. People who are walking in your shoes and GET how difficult these shoes can be to walk in. Yes, your best friend understands walking in Louboutins aren't exactly comfortable, but she might not understand what that means as a small, creative business owner.
5. Take a mental break, damn it!
After you've had your ugly cry with your favorite business friend take a step back. Walk away from the computer screen...close your Instagram app, go wash your hair for the first time this week! Sometimes we are SO CLOSE to our business that we can't really see what's going on until we take a step back from it all. The world will not end if you go a day without posting or don't answer an email right away. Take a walk, go to the gym, read a book, or listen to a Podcast that has nothing to do with how to successfully build your online empire. Unplug for a hot minute and I promise you'll come back feeling refreshed ready to talk on the world again.
Hope you found these 5 tips helpful, and know that I'm cheering you on from afar. Don't be afraid to ask for help, make a new connection, and to be brave. Being creative takes courage, truly. You are enough, and you CAN do this. Need a business cheerleaders, suggestions on a mastermind group, or someone to tell you freaking awesome you are, but to keep it real when you should pick up the pace? Shoot me a note and I'll help point you in the right direction! And because I believe in you so much, I've designed two little pick me up art prints that are yours for the taking. Pop in your email below to get them sent straight to your inbox. There's one witty and one sweet...print them out, frame em, hang em up, and be reminded of how you are capable of ANYTHING. Now go get em tiger!
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