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Solopreneurs: 20 Ways To Keep Yourself Motivated

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Going into business for yourself is a liberating experience, but can also be isolating—particularly when you’re feeling discouraged. We’ve got 20 tips on finding inspiration and keeping yourself motivated when working alone.

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Solopreneurs: 20 Ways To Keep Yourself Motivated

  1. 1. Running Solo? 20WaysTo Give Yourself a Boost
  2. 2. Tip #1 – Laugh! Laughter releases endorphins, raising spirits and sparking creativity. To give yourself a good case the giggles: • Compile your favorite clips into a YouTube playlist • Bookmark humor sites and spend 10-15 minutes having a chuckle Photo by Simon Vorgrimmler via Flickr
  3. 3. Tip #2 – Create an Affirmation Board Many Ruby employees affix “Ruby Raves,” our internal affirmation cards, around their desks to keep them motivated. To build your own board, put up emails, birthday cards pictures to remind you how awesome you are the day.
  4. 4. Tip #3 – Move! Feeling stuck? Get your adrenaline going a quick run, walk or a few yoga poses. Greatist also an excellent series of fun exercises can be completed at your desk, including chair dancing!
  5. 5. Tip #4 – Learn Something New Your brain is always looking for connections between pieces of information. Learning something new can bring new perspective to current challenges. RSS readers, such as Feedly or Flipboard, to keep up with changes in your industry. Podcasts, such as Entrepreneur on Fire, are also great to provide additional inspiration. Photo by the Italian voice via Flickr
  6. 6. Tip #5 – Do Your Chores Break up tough projects with smaller, less involved tasks. Spend 10-15 minutes completing administrative tasks, such as filing or cleaning out your downloads folder. You’ll give your brain a rest, and check off a few pesky to-do items!
  7. 7. Tip #6 – Share Your Task List Peer pressure is useful motivational tool. At Ruby, team members looking for little extra accountability can post their projects to our community Achieve a similar effect with your business through a shared Trello board. a free, online task management tool—lays out tasks as individual cards. Invite others via email to view your board to hold you accountable for important
  8. 8. Tip #7 – Run An Errand Running a personal errand helps gets you out of the house, takes your mind off work, and gives you some time to focus on yourself. You’ll return to your work ready to get back to business, having knocked out those nagging to-dos.
  9. 9. Tip #8 – Co-Work A home offices is great for focus, but sometimes you need to meet and mingle with fellow entrepreneurs. Get out of the house and try your local coworking space. These spaces rent desks by the hour, day or month, and provide access community of small business owners and freelancers. Photo by Mindaugas Danysvia Flickr
  10. 10. Tip #9 – Schedule Daily Phone Calls Make it part of your to call a different person from your contacts each day. The variety of topics from person to person get your brain firing, and each call gives you an opportunity to talk your current project.
  11. 11. Tip #10 – Create a Motivational A-Team Form a group with 2-3 fellow entrepreneurs. Set a timeframe and have person set one goal to be completed in that timeframe. Meet once a week review your progress towards the goal. When you’re struggling, reach out your team for motivation and encouragement!
  12. 12. Tip #11 – Send An Affirmation Chances are you’re not the only one feeling stuck. a friend an e-card or a email letting them know they’re doing a great job, how much you appreciate your friendship. You’ll feel great knowing you’ve make someone else’s day!
  13. 13. Tip #12 – Create a LinkedIn Group LinkedIn groups are great for asking questions, but are often too to bounce ideas off others. For more personalized feedback, create private LinkedIn group for just your direct network. Don’t limit to folks only from your industry! Different backgrounds can lead to insights for your business.
  14. 14. Tip #13 – Do a Creative Activity Drawing, writing a poem or singing a song all activate different parts of the brain and can spark new ideas. Spend a few minutes doodling or down a story idea to restore your motivation. You can also challenge your brain by performing tasks with your non-dominant hand. Switching the mouse to the other side, for example, refocuses your brain and increases creativity. Photo by Ant PDX via Flickr
  15. 15. Tip #14 – Daily Huddle At Ruby, team members take 10 minutes each morning to share their focus the day and any roadblocks they are experiencing. Using the phone or a videoconferencing platform, invite 3-5 other small business owners to meet and discuss plans for the day. This exercise holds accountable and forces you to verbalize your daily goals. Photo by Drew Stepehnsl via Flickr
  16. 16. Tip #15 – Meditate A little stress is healthy, but a lot reduces motivation and creativity. Set aside a comforting place your home or office with low light, little noise and a comfortable rug or pillow. Focus only on your breathing, taking as many deep breaths you need to feel the tension melt away. Photo Matt Scott via Flickr
  17. 17. Tip #17 – Review Your Goals When you run your own business, it’s easy to become focused on short-term tasks and lose site of long-term goals. Take 20-30 minutes at the beginning of each day to review your goals and company mission. Make sure your tasks for that day align with your goals to avoid putting effort into out-of- scope projects.
  18. 18. Tip #18 – Delegate! It’s easy to get bogged down in the little things that waste your energy (like handling phone calls). Delegate those smaller tasks other team members or companies like Ruby, so you can spend time on the activities that will help grow your business.
  19. 19. Tip #16 – Video Hangouts Remote teams often rely on videoconferencing such as Skype or Google Hangouts, to connect members visually. Create a “virtual” office environment to keep you motivated—complete with the click-clack of chit chat, and the laughter over a shared meme. Photo by download.net.pl via Flickr
  20. 20. Tip #19 – Create a ‘WOW’ Moment Ruby team members are empowered to deliver customer experiences, including sending ‘WOW’ gifts to show clients we care. These gifts not only thrill our clients, but excite our team as well. Take 10 minutes out of your day to send a thank you, gift or thoughtful email to a client. This small act not only gets your creative juices following, but your customers another reason keep their business with you.
  21. 21. Tip #20 – Reward Yourself Have a sweet tooth? Put a sweet treat, such as an M&M or Skittle, next to each to-do item on your list. When you’ve completed the task, reward yourself with a little indulgence.
  22. 22. Ruby is the smart and cheerful team of virtual receptionists trained to make a difference in your day. From our offices in Portland, Oregon, we handle your calls with care.We deliver the perfect mix of friendliness, charm, can-do attitude, and professionalism. Best of all, your callers will think we work in your office. Get to know us at www.callruby.com. Follow us on:

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