How do you persevere during the slow days of building a business? When you have a dream and the time and resources to get something going, it can feel discouraging in those early days (years?) when things are moving slowly, can’t it?
So...what do you do?
Here’s what’s helped me:
Resist the urge to market, network, and sell from a place of urgency.
This is a tough one because...it kind of FEELS urgent, doesn’t it? But doing business activities from a place of urgency will only leave you feeling frustrated and tired. Also, people will sense it and be hesitant to interact with you.
Instead of seeing every moment that slips by as another one where not enough money came in, reframe your situation as one of a farmer who’s planted a seed.
You’re doing your best to give that seed a chance, and now it needs time to grow. Tend it, water it, and check in on it, but allow it the time it needs to grow, and remind yourself that this is NORMAL—even when everyone else online makes it sound like they were much further ahead of you by this time.
Don’t be hard on yourself if you have to do something else to make money as you wait.
These things take time, and there’s absolutely no shame in diversifying your income in the meantime.
These are some of the things that have helped me in the slower seasons! If you’re feeling discouraged about how long it’s taking for your business to take off and could use even more inspiration, sign up for my free encouragement emails, The Traveler’s Cafe.
Hi, I’m Kendall! I'm a freelance proofreader and social media graphics creator. I started this blog to highlight the lives of women in business to inspire others, but now I also use it to share business tips and resources for women who want to build their business in a heart-centered way.