10 super-practical things to do if you’re feeling a bit hopeless about your business

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Oh my! Running your own business isn’t always easy is it?! In fact sometimes it can all feel a bit yucky and hopeless. If you’re having one of those days, here are some super-practical things you can do!

(Or, if everything’s going swimmingly, save this for a rainy day!)

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1 Write Morning Pages

The idea of Morning Pages is that you start each day with a little writing exercise. Now stay with me here. I know this might not sound like your kinda thing but it’s actually a goodie!

The way it works is that you write three A4 pages a day (handwriting if you can!)  on whatever springs into your mind. WHATEVER! Just give it a go! It’s amazing the stuff you’ll find to write about!

And that’s the magic in it! The writing clears your mind, releases anxiety and makes you more creative. So after a few days of writing Morning Pages you’ll probably feel much clearer about your business, and have some good ideas TOO!

Writing Morning Pages is a good daily habit! It’s the brainchild of Julia Cameron and here she is explaining it (much better than me!)

Lots of people love Morning Pages. Here’s Tim Ferriss talking about it. Here’s a good summary of how it helps and then there’s this from someone who was initially sceptical!

2 Do a little collaboration

One of the things that makes running your own business hard, and can make you feel a bit hopeless, is the loneliness of doing it alone. A good and easy-ish way to inject a bit of partnership into your business is to do a collaboration.

Your collaboration doesn’t need to be a big deal. You could start by buddying up with another business to do a small project for charity, host an event or start a networking group. Here’s a lovely piece from Pip Lincolne about how she’s collaborated. Might give you some inspiration.

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3 Get back into local marketing

Maybe your social media efforts are getting you down. It can feel like a lot of work for not a lot of reward, yes? If so, then try reinvigorating your business (and yourself!) with a bit of old school real life marketing! Y’know, like flyers, car wraps, stickers, sponsorships, networking groups etc. Sometimes simple works super-well: I popped this sticker on the back of my phone and it’s started a LOT of conversations! (I got this  from Sticker Mule. They’ve got lots of FAB stuff and if you use this you’ll get $10 off!)


If you’re looking for a bit of low-cost marketing inspiration there are a few ideas here.

4 Ask for testimonials

When you’re down in the dumps there’s nothing better than reading nice things people have written about you! If you don’t have one already, start a Smile File : it’s the perfect tonic for a yucky day.

But rather than just waiting for people to say nice things about you, go and ask for some testimonials!  Pick a few people who you know have been happy with your work and ask them to give you a testimonial. It’ll be great for your marketing AND it will help you feel much better about your business. You can do this today! Hurry along now!

Here are some tips on getting good testimonials (the six questions at the end are TOPS!)

5 Send a thank you note!

It’s a funny quirk of nature, but doing something nice for somebody else actually makes us happier! Try sending a thank-you note to a customer, supplier or business friend and see how much happier it makes you!

Here’s a little note on Thank You notes, plus some other reasons to do it!

6 Stop feeling like you have to do everything the ‘business gurus’ tell you!

You don’t HAVE to do anything! You don’t have to have a bigger business, you don’t have to have a Facebook page, you don’t have to go to networking events. Relax! Just do what works for you! Really! Read this!

7 Find an easy way to do the hard stuff!

Sometimes all the business-y stuff feels a bit hard. Yes? And you don’t really want to do it. Yes?! Here are some good tips for getting on with the stuff you don’t want to do! And here’s a great tip if the thought of doing some of that stuff makes you feel anxious.

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8 Put that Imposter Syndrome back in its box!

Maybe you’re feeling hopeless because you are suffering from Imposter Syndrome. It’s a real thing! It’s when you kinda think you’re not good enough and that you don’t really deserve your success. So it’s like the dressmaker who, while her customers praise her for her beautiful work, worries that she’s not a good enough seamstress.

To stop Imposter Syndrome try these tips on believing in yourself and this on how no one else knows what they are doing either!

9 Take some ME time

Probably the best thing you can do when you’re feeling yucky and hopeless is to take a little time away from your business. ME time is not a luxury: it’s a necessity. Take a break and you’ll bounce back motivated and focussed!

10 But if you’ve really had enough, it’s OK to quit

Sometimes our business don’t work, or we fall out of love with them, or we just need a change. And it’s OK to quit. Really it is! Here’s a story from someone who closed her business, and here’s another one (this one is super-long but a VERY good read). Or maybe it’s just time to reinvent yourself so that you DO wake up with a smile!

♡ YOU! ♡

Hope this has helped you if you’re feeling a bit off! Have you got any tips for hopeless days that you’d like to share?!


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2 Comments on "10 super-practical things to do if you’re feeling a bit hopeless about your business"

  1. Victoria FitzGerald July 22, 2015 at 7:42 am · Reply

    Sometimes when I feel a bit low about my business I look for new ideas to keep going. If my latest picture wasn’t a hit I just move on a try something different. Now I am working on a 2016 calendar which I think is a great idea because people will now get 12 of my pictures for the price of one fine art print!
    It’s very invigorating knowing you have an idea that might work!

    • Julia Bickerstaff July 22, 2015 at 8:23 am · Reply

      I totally LOVE that Victoria! New ideas are very invigorating. Looking forward to seeing the calendar! x

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