10 Tips For Hopeful Entrepreneurs

1. Make sure you care about your work. Running a business will take up all of your time and energy – if you don’t care about it, you will struggle to put enough effort in to see great results.

2. Hire a great team. If you are recruiting, make sure the people you hire have similar values to you as well as an excellent work ethic. It doesn’t matter if they have the qualifications on paper if you get the feeling they are disinterested in your business goals. Anyone can learn the skills, but you need someone with the same attitude as you.

3. Have a clear vision. If you want to become an entrepreneur, you will need to have a solid idea – swapping between different projects probably means they aren’t very good ideas. Once you have a clear vision, set out a clear plan on how to make it reality.

4. Put in the time. Success is rarely immediate – as Steve Jobs noted; “if you look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” A hard working ethic is more likely to make you successful than a good idea.

5. Set goals. Where do you want to be in a year? How much money are you willing to invest? When do you want to start turning a profit? Setting goals will ensure you are working towards your dream every day.

6. Learn from your mistakes. Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results is silly, so prepare to be flexible when you make mistakes. After all, each change is most likely to be an improvement.

7. Think about your customer. Don’t just create a product you think will be useful – think about who it will be useful to. Ask yourself ; who is your target audience? How old are they? How can you make your product appeal to them?

8. Ask your customers for feedback. Don’t assume you know what people what – ask them instead. Carefully listen to their answers, as they could be giving you advice that could make you millions!

9. Deliver more than expected. Don’t promise more than you can give; this will just leave people feeling dissatisfied and unhappy. Instead, deliver more than expected to guarantee happy customers.

10. Spend wisely. This may seem obvious, but budget for mistakes and try to save money wherever you can.

17 Great Quotes To Motivate You

How To Think Your Way Out Of A Rut

Are you stuck in a rut? If you are, it can feel like getting out of it is impossible. Once you have lost your motivation, doing anything seems difficult, but there are steps you can take to help change your mind set and put you back on the right track.

Here are 4 steps to help you to think your way out of a rut.

1. Stop Stressing!

You will be okay. Life moves in waves – at some point, we all feel run down and stressed. You are going through a low point in your life right now, but eventually you will move back to high point. It may feel like it is impossible, but focus on being accepting of your situation, rather than worrying about it.

Take a deep breath and acknowledge that your situation is temporary. You’ve done it – even if only for a second, you stopped feeling stressed and worried!

TIP: Try yoga, meditation, long walks or exercise to help you de-stress on a daily basis.

2. Think About Your Behavior

Are you doing the same thing, over and over, without moving forward? This is the situation for many people in a slump, so a good way to deal with this is to look at the situation from the outside. You will get the same results if you keep doing the same thing, so ask yourself: Is there another way to approach this?

Could I do this differently?

How so?

3. Envision The Future

Why do you feel stuck in a rut? Because you are trying to achieve something, and you feel like that isn’t happening. Remember why you started this journey in the first place; because you wanted to peruse your dreams and achieve life goals. Envision how extremely happy and proud you will feel when you reach your destination.

Try to picture your future success every time you start to feel down or worried. This will give you that extra motivational push to get you out of this rut and on with your life!

4. Focus On The Little Things

Think about the little things, and you notice that results quickly follow. Make sure you have a long term vision, so that you know what you are working towards, but do not think about that – it can leave you feeling demotivated and helpless.

Instead, focus on the little things you are doing every day to get you out of your rut , from going for a walk to sending an important email. Remember that every step you take is a step out of your slump and towards your future. Good luck everyone! 🙂

The Creative Blogger Awards

Hey everyone!

This blog post is going to be a little different to my normal posts – I’ve been nominated for the creative blogger award by the wonderful Daisy, from Transitions In My Life. I love reading her blog because it is refreshingly honest and I can really relate to it at times. So thank you for posting Daisy! Lets go….

Here are the Rules/instructions:

Thank and link back to the person who nominated you (mention your nominator in your own award post with a link back to their original award post, which would be this one).

Share 7 things about yourself.

Nominate other bloggers and comment on their blogs (usually on their about page or contact directly if necessary) to let them know.

1. This one is probably pretty obvious to most people who follow my blog – I am a freelance writer and transcriptionist! I love my job for lots of reasons; I get to work in my PJs and sometimes people pay me to write articles about awesome stuff, like zombies or penguins.

2. I have a poodle called Holly. She is 14 years old and the love of my life. Sometimes I wish I could live a day in the life of Holly, snoozing all day….

3. Green is my favourite colour, closely followed by yellow. I love anything bright and cheery!

4. I struggle to write unless I am listening to music, but I find lyrics really distracting if I’m working, so most days I write and listen to Mozart or Beethoven on Youtube. This makes me sound cultural and intelligent – do not be fooled, I am not.

5. I am a bit of a TV junkie, and my favourite shows are Game Of Thrones, Hannibal and Community. If you enjoy any of these shows, let me know; I love to have a good conversation about them!

6. I love to read – genre doesn’t matter! From fact to fiction, from historical to horror, I will read it. I’m currently a bit lost as I’ve just finished a book, so if you have any suggestions I’m listening. 🙂

7. Yesterday I accidentally showed the post man around my house after mistaking him for someone who was coming for a house viewing. He didn’t tell me he was the wrong person until I had shown him around 4 rooms. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand that is why I work from home.

I am going to comment on the other blogs I am nominating so they can get involved too. It was surprisingly hard to think of 7 facts!

I hope you all enjoyed reading! 🙂