Here are 3 ways to bring the fun back into your business.
1. Get outside and play
The one thing about being an entrepreneur, is that you are only as far away from your work as you are far from your computer. The temptation to work around the clock is huge.
Friend, you can’t work 24/7. It’s simply not sustainable. You will burn out.
When you are reaching the breaking point, or are going in circles, or are struggling to get anything done, though it’s counter intuitive, one of the best things you can do is shut off your computer, get outside and play.
Mike Lanza is the author of Playborhood: Turn Your Neighborhood Into a Place for Play, he also blogs at Playborhood.com. His whole mantra is the power of free play – how it helps to shape the minds of younger generations. I think Mike is on to something – it is not just kids who benefit from unstructured play.
Think back to the last time you took time away from your business. The results? New found energy, more focus, fresh passion and purpose, a renewed desire for profit… it is so powerful and important and as business owners we often deny ourselves the break.
You deserve it. Turn off your computer (after you finish reading and commenting on this post! LOL)
2. Work in Your Sweetspot- Outsource the Rest
‘Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation.’ – Aristotle
You bring a whole host of strengths and skills to your business. But you can`t do it all and do it all well. You benefit from focusing on those tasks that maximize your strengths and skills – and outsource the rest. Yes, it will cost you more money up front, but in the long term it will save you loads of money, time and frustration.
3. Fire Non- ideal Clients
You are the CEO. Now own it. Work with clients who you enjoy. Get rid of those who don`t pay you on time, who take advantage of you, who are never satisfied, who don`t support you, who are not pleasant to work with… you will be amazed at the relief felt from cleaning out your client base. It`s true it may eat into your monthly profit margin – but it will free you up to be more productive, to be innovative in your marketing and sales and to find new ideal clients. Your time is too valuable to be treated poorly.
So how do you put the fun back into your business? How do you keep your business focused on passion, purpose and profit?
Now excuse me, I am signing off now to go and play with my kids.