As a Small Business Owner You Need a “Why”
Starting your own business is an exciting experience with many rewards. Entrepreneurship provides the freedom to set your own schedule and do things on your terms. Profits come to you rather than being diverted to a corporation and an endless line of bureaucracy. PMI Education knows that making the decision to start your own business is one of the most important things you will ever do in your professional career. The positive impact of this decision will be felt for the rest of your life.
The life of an entrepreneur also presents its own unique challenges. At a traditional office job, you can often receive a steady paycheck while giving moderate effort. Running your own business means that you and you alone are responsible for success. If you don’t get things done, no one else will. This increased responsibility is distasteful to some people and they are probably better off working a 9-5 job for a large corporation.
One thing that is important for every small business owner to have is a “why.” Corporate drones don’t need a larger reason for what they do. They get up each morning, go through their routine and collect a paycheck from someone they’ve never met. But you are an entrepreneur. You are the boss who decides how successful each day will be. And in order to take your business to the highest level, you need to have a purpose. A reason for why you invest yourself in your work.
The consultants from PMI Coaching suggest that you take a moment today to think about what is most important to you. Write down the five things you would most like to accomplish by owning your business. Now create a dream/vision board. To do this you’ll need a large sheet of paper, scissors and glue. Get a bunch of magazines and find images that show what you want in life. If travel is important, find a photo of the exact place you want to travel to. If family time is crucial, find photos of family activities that mean the most to you. Arrange these photos in a collage on the paper and in the middle put a great photo of yourself. This is your “why.” It will help you summon the motivation to get out of bed when you’re sick and work extra hours when necessary. It will help you measure your success and strive for improvement. Keep your dream/vision board in a convenient place and update it as your wants and needs evolve. By keeping your purpose in mind, you’ll find more joy and success in your work.