FIND YOUR WHY AND FIND YOUR WAY
Being an entrepreneur is no small feat. Starting a business is rarely as simple as having a great idea, hanging a shingle, and accepting clients. Establishing yourself, getting a loan, marketing your offerings, and hustling to please clients is a tremendous undertaking.
All of that gets even harder when your business is a side hustle while you still work a full-time job in an effort to make ends meet. It can be hard to keep up, chin up, and press on.
Once you’ve identified and won a few clients, the emotions of an entrepreneur often ebb and flow. Each pleased customer response fills you with joy. Each misstep or difficulty can feel like the end of your dream. Being on the ball and keeping up with work despite this emotional roller coaster is critical.
On top of all that, working hard to earn new business can be a full-time gig in itself. Business cards, letters, cold calls. Blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Amazing content. Top-notch graphics. Community interaction. On and on and on.
Spending hours each day trying to grow your business while also getting your work done is near impossible.
This is especially true when you have a full-time job, a lawn to mow, a spouse to love, children to feed, laundry to fold, a boss to please...and on and on and on.
Believe me, you’re not alone. I’m one of you. I work a full-time job, own a small business, and run a blog on the side. I have a wonderful husband, an amazing family, great friends, and a house to maintain. I truly, deeply love all of these things and all of these people. But sometimes it gets to be a bit much. There simply isn't enough time in a day to give each of these jobs and people the attention they deserve.
So I lay before you my honest truth: I'm overwhelmed. And I'm guessing you are, too.
When you feel like throwing in the towel, just remember why it is that you do the things you do. Take a deep, truthful look into your soul. Do you love everything you've committed to? Does it bring you joy? If the answer is no, maybe it's time to consider devoting your time to something that does.
Being more focused and less frazzled is currently my number one goal. I need to work on streamlining my many pursuits so that I can have more time for the things that matter most.
But I can tell you one thing for sure: I'll find a way to stick with it.
Blogging is an outlet. Connecting with the wonderful community of bloggers that experiences everything I do is therapeutic. Running my own business, however small, is freeing. These are all things that I want in my life
And for me, that means finding new and better ways to manage. I will make more lists, schedule more focused blocks of time, and maximize my efficiency. I'll find a way to keep going until I decide that I'm going another way.
And I hope that you will, too.
What do you do to battle the feelings of overwhelm and stress that accompany being a female entrepreneur?
Good luck to you, and remember to focus on why you're here. Find your why and find your way. If you love being here, it's worth fighting for.
About the Author
Danielle Smyth is the owner of Wordsmyth Creative Content Marketing (wordsmythcontent.com) and provides content and marketing services to small businesses. She also manages the travel and lifestyle blog Sweet Frivolity (sweetfrivolity.com).
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