What to Do to take Your Passion to Profits
Here are the top 5 Do’s in business. Critical when creating a new business particularly from a passion, hobby or skill. This is coming from someone that has created businesses many times over. Do:
- Have a clear Purpose and Why you’re in business
- Adopt a Positive Mindset
- Share what you’re doing with those you know
- Set Time Limits on how much you work
- Have a Set Work Area
Have a clear Purpose and Why you’re in business
This is a topic that sometimes stumps people when new to business or online business. I encourage you to simply not over think it. Remember in my own story, my business journey began because I wanted control over my work diary due to having a one year old and also to take the opportunity to share something I love which is visual art – specifically original paintings and sculpture. I was motivated by a mix of practical (control of working hours to fit in with my son’s routines) and passion (working in visual arts). Remember being in business is a vehicle where you can help others through sharing your passion. If you fundamentally believe what you do can benefit others then it is your obligation to share with as many as you can. Here are a couple of ways to help you to stay motivated:
- Write down and Visualise your goals.A tool to assist this is creating visual representation of your visual goals. I use a Vision Board. I have written a blog here about how Vision Boards Work.
- Find a community of like minded people in business where you will be supported to share your purpose and why. I am a member of a online business community where I actively connect and communicate to achieve a positive work environment. Here is a review on the community I am a member of. Take a look and if you too decide to join let me know as I’d be more than happy to show you around the community and provide you mentoring support to get started.
The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.
I encourage you to share in the comments below what your purpose and why are in business.
Adopt a Positive Mindset
This is essential in life and business. Why? Because when you focus on the positive in your life then you notice more of the same. When you focus on the negative then you notice more and therefore attract more. It is that simple. Now just by thinking of the positive and taking no action will not get you far however when you do combine positive thinking with daily actions then that is a powerful combination. The only result you can be to move forward. In terms of how fast and what level of success is really determined by what your daily actions are and if consistent. Remember business is not rocket science. At times it can be boring. However once you have a combination that works the key is to replicate it multiple times over.
Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.
Share what you’re doing with those you know
It is common particularly for start-up entrepreneurs, to keep their work to themselves. There is often an over sensitivity to appearing to ‘sell’ to family and friends. However, I challenge you on this.
What if you found out years after you began in business, that a close family member or friend asked you, “Why didn’t you ever share the opportunity with me?”
What is the worst thing that can happen? They say thanks but no thanks.
They will feel comfortable doing this if you simply talk to them about what your doing in conversation. If they think it may suit them they will either ask you a zillion questions or come right out and tell you.
Set Time Limits on how much you work
This is essential. You will be a better entrepreneur and a better person in your personal life if you manage your work hours right from the start. If you’ve been in business for sometime now is a good time to review how you manage your time.
Entrepreneurs particularly when working from home, frankly, can get ‘sucked’ into the “I’m busy” “I’m important” trap. Yes there is no doubt you will be both of these things at different times however it is in the discipline in being able to balance work with down time where you will reap the greatest rewards.
A good way to achieve a healthy work/life balance is to have productivity tools to support you. Particularly home based entrepreneurs. Here is a review on the online tool I use to maintain high productivity and therefore more leisure hours.
Have a Set Work Area
A critical point. Make sure you have a set work area during your work hours. Equally, if working from home. Make sure you walk away from this area when you’re not working.
Some find physically walking round the block ‘to get to work’ and ‘to leave work’ when working from home as a great strategy to transition in and out of ‘work mode’. Find what works for you.