10 Tips For Business Start Up Motivation

Let's face it most small micro businesses just starting out are true one-person business operations. Staying motivated and keeping your business batteries fully charged is not the easiest thing to keep afloat.

We went in search for Guest Writers to share some tips to keep yourself focused and motivated when you're on your own and running a home based business.

After all, your new business start up is about your passion and energy so you need to keep charged and stay motivated for the good of your business.

Lawrence Jones, CEO of internet hosting company UKFast shares his top 10 ways to stay motivated when you start up a new business.

Getting and staying motivated is vital, whether you're striving to reach a business goal, starting a new venture, or managing the day-to-day operations can get you down. 

Aspiring entrepreneurs are most likely to be fully primed and motivated at the start of their ventures, but what happens when challenges hit the horizon?

How do you stay motivated and on top of things to beat any challenges and start-up blue-days?

Here's how ...

1. Keep Your Eye On The Prize

When you’re starting up a new business, it’s all too easy to get bogged down in problems as they arise. This can be a real motivation killer but try to keep one eye on the horizon. Remember why you set out on this adventure and keep visualising your success not focusing on the possibility of failure.

2. Stay Fit And Healthy

Starting up and growing a new business start up venture requires you to perform at a high level over a long period of time. It requires stamina and strength so see yourself like an athlete and keep your body fit as well as your mind. Life can get on top of you and exercise is a great way to energise your mind and lift your spirits. Don’t underestimate it. 

3. Business Planning Lists

Make lists. This is simple but effective and it really revolves around goal-setting. Get out a pen and paper and list who you want to be and what you want to achieve. This will focus your mind and allow you to plan how you’re going to make these things happen. Think big; don’t reign in your imagination. Once you have written down your goals, date when you expect to achieve them; 3 months, 9 months, 2 years, 10 years and so on. Once these things are embedded in your subconscious, things begin to fall into place, trust me. It’s a technique that I learnt from Tony Robbins who really is the master of goal-setting. I can’t recommend his CDs enough. 

4. Be Frugal

I remember how tempting it was to spend while starting up a new business when the money started coming in! However, if you get carried away and spend on things that you don’t need then, when a surprise bill hits you, the wind will suddenly drop from beneath your wings. Pay yourself a small income and when looking to buy something, ask yourself if it will help to produce a better result. If the answer is no then put your money away. A penny saved is a penny earned.

5. Learn From The Greatsstay motivated with a business start up

My wife, Gail, and I weren’t experts on internet hosting when we founded UKFast but we did our research and read a lot of books, on business and marketing too, so that we were up to speed. If you look at great entrepreneurs and leaders, you will see patterns of behaviour emerging. You can really learn from people like Richard Branson by studying how he operates. In terms of resources on this one, I’d suggest Jim Collins book Good to Great, which shows how mediocre businesses have become exceptional.

6. Get Away From Your Business

I’m constantly amazed by the power that a change of scene can have. We’re lucky to have an outward bounds centre in Wales and I take employees out there sometimes to climb Mount Snowdon and to strategize and plan for the business start up. The best ideas often come when you’re doing something out of the workplace in a different environment so, if you hit a brick wall, I’d recommend getting away from it all for a fresh perspective.

7. Take Risks

Remember what Muhammad Ali said: "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." If you have enough faith in your own ability, you will be able to tackle anything that life throws at you. If you doubt yourself and hold back then you won’t drive change and make progress.

8. Impact Your Business Creative Juice

I’m a believer of the impact environment has on creativity so I try to make our workplace inspirational and a home from home. Figure out what makes you feel creative in your home office. It might be a very clean, calm space or it might be a bit more off-the-wall, like ours, with brightly coloured walls, pool table and space hoppers. Whatever it is, make it happen with a home office make over.

9. Celebrate Your Successes

When you achieve something with your business, allow yourself to celebrate instead of letting the moment pass by. At UKFast, we steer clear of criticism, under which people can whither, and use praise to motivate. When we achieve goals, we reward ourselves with a few beers or a lunch time BBQ. It’s important to enjoy the good times and get outdoors as much as possible.

10. Take On Talent

When you get to a stage for your business start up where you need to recruit staff, I’d recommend hiring people with skills or personality traits that you don’t have to keep you motivated; you’ll want to be as good as them, if not better, and this keeps you striving for self-improvement.