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Have you lost motivation as an entrepreneur? This is the trick to finding your way back into the driving seat

Have you lost your motivation?

The struggle for motivation and the feeling of being completely alone is the toughest part of being a sole entrepreneur.

Does this sound familiar to you? If so, you'll get a few quick tips that can help you lift your chin off your chest and make your guns blazing again!

10 tips on how to renew your motivation:

1. Remind yourself why you're doing this
Why did you start your business? Did you do it for the money - check your account in that case, you might already be wealthy enough. Did you do it to be free and do more of what you want (as it is for most of us) - imagine then what the situations is like at that big company right now. It's filled with people who are frustrated by strange policies, grumpy bosses who don't understand how to actually run a business, office politics, limited freedom and rules that you don't agree with. Is that enough for you to start appreciating your own business a bit more again?

2. Make it a little nicer in your workplace
I confess - I have idols even though I'm 46 years old. My idols are from various American sitcoms - Frasier, Scrubs, The Office, Friends etc. I have pictures of all the characters on the walls of my office and when I go in there, I can't help but smile. What makes you happy, what does it take for you to get in a really good mood? Is it a dream - put up a picture of the dream and reclaim the urge of making that dream come alive.

3. Go away and work somewhere else for awhile
If you work by yourself, and especially if you're sitting at home, life can be a bit stringy and stuffy sometimes. Work at a coffee shop or at some other place where you feel comfortable.

4. Breaks are important to you
I'm completely useless at adapting to this particular tip myself, but the fact is that a walk around the block, a call to a friend or to just get away from work in any other way, gives you more energy and effectively cranks up your creativity levels again.

5. Plan a reward
What? As an employee we sometimes get rewards for a work well done. As your own boss you need to take care of yourself too. Bribe yourself - it works. If you've been working on something very hard for some time you may do _______ (it's your choice).

6. Schedule work
You probably have different tasks to take care of, and everyone of them needs to be completed, sooner or later. For me it works with a simple schedule, just like the one we had in school. It makes the days more diverse and you work a lot more efficient because time is limited for each task. Don't forget to also plan ahead. Just working on a project and not thinking about how you are going to land the next is fatal. You must be a seller too.

7. Acquire habits
Habits, good or bad, are hard to break. Those who acquire good habits get things done. You may know that you are more effective at a particular time of day. Work with things that require all your concentration when you are on the go. Other times of the day, when you feel less energetic, you can take care of routine tasks.

8. Take care of your health
This is a ridiculous tip. You already know that the company and you are the same and that it means you have to work to make the company operate. Therefore, you already work out. You exercise, eat right (mostly, anyway) and take care of yourself so that you get the energy you need to get ahead.

9. Create your own network
Very few of those of us who work alone have little time to attend networking events, but this is where you meet people who are exactly like you. People who know what your day looks like, what you go through and that could support you – just like you could support them.

10. Give yourself a pat on the shoulder
Come on - you're not a coward. You have a business and you rely on yourself. That's enough to really make life challenging. Be proud. You do something that many, many employees want to do, but only a fraction dare do.

Go on now!

About the author

Stefan Ekberg has worked in marketing for small business for 20 years and has written around 30 books on how small business owners can market themselves with limited resources. . In 2012 Stefan was nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year in Stockholm.

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