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Business Focuses: Turning Negatives Into Positives

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When it comes to starting your own business, in those early days you can’t help but be full of positivity, passion and motivation to make it a success. This idea you had that you just couldn’t shift, that you finally took that leap of faith to create, is finally happening. So you are not even contemplating the fact that so many startups fail in their first year, and that if you are not careful your business could fail as well. 

While there is an element of truth to that, there is no point dwelling on the negative side of things. After all, you believe wholeheartedly in the product you supply or the service that your business offers, so there should be no reason why this isn’t going to work and be built upon to become the success you imagine it to be. However, there can be elements of the day to day running of your business, the things that can go wrong, that can be seen as negative. So with that in mind, here are some of the ways you can turn those negative things into positives and, in some cases, use them to your advantage.    

 

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Avoiding creating a business plan from day one

Were you one of those entrepreneurs that didn’t see the value in creating a business plan? You are not alone! But if you happen to have not done one in the past, who says you can’t start right now? Creating a business plan, or at the very least, setting some goals and intentions for your business can highlight areas that you may want to work on and also things that you can take action right now to help you to get where you need to be. It isn’t a negative when you start making some positive changes, and this could be the ideal way to help you get back on track. It can also prove useful if you do feel like you are at a bit of a crossroads with your business. We can all get to that stage where we are unsure of the direction to take and what we can do to help choose the right path. Setting some goals and thinking about the future could help you get there. 

 

The emotional strain on yourself 

One of the things we don’t really take into account is the emotional strain that running a business can have on you. Originally, starting your own business can seem like the ideal option to strike the right balance between work and home life. But often, in those early days it can be far from that. You put all of the hours in to get your business off the ground, and this can cause emotional strain and stress on your mental health and your relationships. However, the best advice would be to not focus on this as a negative thing. It can actually be a huge driving force to get your business where you want it to be, and to also help you to move the business along quickly. It can also work hand in hand with setting goals and intentions for your business. So you can take some time for yourself as well. 

 

Expanding too quickly 

Expansion is a key area of business growth, and one of the ways that you can determine the success, but often expanding too quickly can cause more problems than good things. It is often trying to find the right time to do these things so that you can build upon it. Expanding into a shop when you may not have found the right place or even have the right investment in place for it. Expanding your products or services without the necessary research to check whether there was a market for it. Many business owners have made these mistakes in the past, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Expansion is something that you can’t undo, but you can make the best of the situation. Ensure you focus hard on the marketing aspects of it, and try and thrive under the pressure, rather than worry about it. Things will work out in the end. 

 

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Losing decent members of staff 

There can be many different reasons why you lose decent staff members, and often you are never too sure of the reasons. It might be down to the workplace environment, and the leadership that you provide, or it could be that they find that they can get better benefits and workplace incentives elsewhere. If you are noticing a trend, then it may be time to start thinking about an exit interview and the questions that you can have. Websites and articles such as https://getsling.com/blog/exit-interview-questions/ have some great suggestions. This can give you some excellent insight into things and to also help you to make some great improvements to the workplace and to your business. The fact that this has happened can actually be a positive thing for you. 

 

The wrong sort of marketing focus 

Marketing is such an important aspect of your business, and these days it can be one of the easiest and best ways that you attract new customers into your business. But, having the wrong marketing focus can cost you. This is when you may want to think outside of the box from traditional methods and explore other options. The positive is that it gives you the push you needed to look at what else you can try. It might be that you really want to up the ante when it comes to your social media. Or you could look at the local community and focus on your advertising there. Many people want to support local businesses, so this could be an amazing focus to shift your marketing campaign towards.  

 

Not focusing hard enough on the digital aspect 

On the subject of the marketing side of things, we all know that the digital element of it can prove to be very useful when it comes to your business. So much is done online these days that you may want to focus more energy on how your output looks on your social media platforms. Are you consistent enough/ Is your content on point with your rband? These things can be changed quickly and can start to help you see improvement. 

 

The worry of investment 

One of the biggest worries that businesses have when it comes to moving forward is the worry of investment. Finding it at the beginning, but also the worry of reinvestment and how you can make it work for you and to make the business work. This isn’t always going to be an easy one to switch to a positive, but investment is a means to an end, and can get you to where you need to be. So it may be worth focusing on that aspect of it. 

 

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Not having the work and home life you imagined 

It is never going to be easy to start your own business. Some people have big plans and think that working for themselves is going to be an easy ride, but the truth is, it can be hard to overcome at times. Especially when you know you need to push through those early months and years. However, your own business can give you much more flexibility, and the way you work and how you use your time wisely can help you achieve the work and home life balance that you crave. Sometimes it can be about creating a routine, and understanding when you are at your most productive. 

 

Dealing with the undesirable side of things 

There will always be undesirable side of things when it comes to business, and dealing with them without it affecting your mental health and also your own work productivity can be a challenge. There may be bad review to contend with, issues with social media or your marketing plans and campaigns. Knowing when to move the business forward and to expand. But this is all positive news, because it often means that your business is doing well and you are on the right path. Embrace it!

 

Knowing what path to take

Sometimes knowing the path to take can be tricky, and when it comes to your own business you may not know one hundred percent the best options to take. However, this can be part and parcel of your business journey and can be very exciting. You will know thanks to research and spotting gaps in the market exactly what options to game when it comes to the path your business can take and also what gaps in the market there are. Having reassurance and trusting your instinct is all part of the process, and it can be one of the best avenues to explore when it comes to your business and growth. 

 

Let’s hope that these business focuses and suggestions can help you turn some of the negative aspects of running your business into something that is positive.

 

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Staying motivated when you work and school from home

I have been working full time from home for almost 6 years now. It has been a life changing experience that has taught me so much about life, work and people in general. Many are still not used to the idea that people can make a full time living wage working from home. I got my own fair share of dealing with these sort of people, but I think they are now used to the idea. However, from this October, I will also be studying from home alongside working. I decided to go back to university for a completely new degree – Psychology at The Open University. So I will be working and studying from home for the next 3 years at least. Many wonder how I will be staying motivated while I do all these from home. That question promoted this post.

 

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Staying motivated when you work and school from home

Doing anything from home isn’t easy. The home is your safe zone with lots of distractions, so you usually have your guard down. Which is why many struggle to do anything serious from home. While work or study, when you can chill on the sofa watching Netflix, or curl up in bed and just relax. It can be tricky to work or study from home because the home can be too relaxing to get anything done. So the way I look at it is different. I can’t do anything about how relaxing and homely my house is because I need it to be that way to function. Which is why I work on myself rather than worrying about the distractions.

 

I stay grounded

Me being grounded means I remember the reason why I am working or studying from home, and that reason keeps me focused and motivated. I need to work from home in order to be the kind of mum I want to be for my kids. They are at the stage where I feel I need to be present, which is why working from home works for us. I work while they are in school and I take any free hours I get after they are tucked in bed in the evenings and during the weekends. Since I am going to be studying as well, I will be sharing the free hours between work and study.

 

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My personality helps

With my busy life, I hardly have free time. I do make out time to care for myself because that is really important, but I don’t have as much free time as others because I am juggling a lot. The truth is I am fine with limited free time. I am not much of a social butterfly even before I got married and had kids, so much hasn’t changed in that area. I rather stay at home and watch a movie then go partying for example, and that has always been me. This personality makes it easy for me to work and study at home because I don’t feel isolate, or feel like I am missing out on something.

 

At the end of the day, it all depends on you and what what you want out of life. It also depends on your passions and relentless you are in pursuit of them. I don’t really have to motivate myself to do any of these things, they come natural to me. Which is why I always say don’t go with the crowd, do what works for you.

Do you work or study from home? Do you do both like me? How are you staying motivated? Let’s chat. Drop me a comment in the comments section. Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

 

My issue with many freelance writing jobs

I have been a freelancer for a couple of years now and this life definitely has its ups and downs. But the ups outweigh the downs massively for my current life, which is why I am still freelance. I truly enjoy the freedom being my own boss brings but sometimes it can get really frustrating. It is getting harder and harder to find good paying freelance writing jobs these days. Many of the writing job opportunities I find online are offering to pay the writers peanuts and some of these websites were the jobs are posted want a commission from the fees as well, which makes it even more frustrating.

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My issue with many freelance writing jobs

I don’t bother applying for low paying freelance jobs. The money has to be worth my time, effort and experience, or I wouldn’t apply for it. There is no point accepting low paying freelance writing jobs just to survive. I rather focus on other streams of income than do that.  At the end of the day, I am offering well written and researched articles. So if you want them, you would need to pay a fee I am happy to accept. I see a lot of ridiculous offers online, like $5 for a 500 word article or £10 for a 500 word article. That is just mad. I can’t imagine working for such low fees. I won’t be able to survive in the United Kingdom earning even £20 for a 500 word article. That is just way too low but I know that amount may be good money in other parts of the world, which is why these low paying freelance writing jobs exist in the first place.

These days I don’t bother applying for freelance writing jobs. Many of the jobs come to me through Fashion and Style Police and my social media platforms, and that works great for me. I rather have a few clients that pay good money than many low paying clients paying peanuts. The fact that I have other streams of income helps massively. I am not under so much stress because I know I have other avenues to make money. This may not be the case if I was a full time freelance writer. Which is why I always advise people to have as many streams of income when they are self employed. Relying on just one way of making money may be dangerous long term.

Do you freelance?  How are you finding it?

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