Many home-based business owners go into business with dream of creating more financial and personal freedom for themselves.
Usually, quite opposite result is produced.
When running your own business, you often work harder and for longer hours than you would for an employer.
Your perception of being a business owner and reality of it are miles apart. This is why so many entrepreneurs end up feeling out of balance and out of control.
If you are experiencing these same feelings, you are not alone, especially if you are in early years of building your business.
A gap exists between your original expectations and reality of running a home-based business.
It is important to acknowledge your false perceptions and recognize reality of being your own boss.
It is also important to understand that running your own business is one of most rewarding experiences in life, and as long as you are aware of realities and remain committed to create success you seek, you will make it happen.
In order to create breakthroughs for yourself and your business, you need to understand and embrace 8 powerful strategies.
1. Determine Your Values
This cannot be stressed enough. The success of your business will directly relate to honoring your core values.
A great tool to determine your values can be found at www.wheretheheartis-lifecoaching.com/valuesgame.htm
2. Create A Vision
What is it you want to achieve in next six months to a year? Where do you want to be in 5-10 years in your business and personal life?
Write down vision you have for your company and your personal life (5-10 items each). With this done you will be able to set realistic goals and focus your efforts where they are needed.
Beside each item listed, write down what realizing this vision will feel and look like. Every successful entrepreneur will tell you she wrote down her vision and how this practice has contributed to her success.
3. Set Goals
Take a few hours this week to identify and write down three or four key goals necessary to move your business forward.
Include personal goals as well! (These include relationship, physical, emotional, spiritual, family, nutritional, etc.)
Picture yourself at end of this year. It's New Year's Eve and you are looking back on your achievements.
What would you like to have accomplished by then? How will you feel looking back at your amazing accomplishments?
4. Maintain Quality of Life
This is critical to success of your business. If you are burned out, stressed, exhausted, unhappy and imbalanced, your business will suffer.
Play your favorite sport every week, get out with friends, play with your children, attend school functions and dinner engagements, get adequate sleep, eat healthy meals and take your partner on a date.
If your work and personal life are not in balance, you will do yourself, your family, and your business a great disservice.
When you are in balance, you have more energy, you can think more clearly and you can maintain a sharper focus.
When you function in a balanced state, you can accomplish more quality work in 3 hours than you can in 12 hours in an imbalanced state. You will make better decisions and fewer mistakes.
Take mini-vacations. Every time you do, you will come back fresher, sharper and capable of creating amazing breakthroughs in your business.
The little things that set you off before will go unnoticed when you're refreshed. 5. Leverage
If you lack a particular skill, have someone else take on task for you. You don't have to be and do everything.
Some skills are essential in running a successful business. Others can be outsourced.