When it All Goes Down the Drain: 4 Tips for Struggling Entrepreneurs

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Feeling overwhelmed by your business? Are your on a slippery slope? Follow these 4 tips to make sure you gat back on the right track.

 

Lighten up!

Take a few steps back and see the global picture. It may sound silly but, go for a walk. Enjoy the view. The point here is to clear your head.

By definition, entrepreneurs are passionate about what they do. It’s great, but it also means that we eat, breath and sleep business. At one point or an other, our vision gets fogged and we need to take some distance. And, I’ll never say it enough, taking care of our body and mind is essential if not vital for entrepreneurs. Dance, jog, walk, play hockey (Hey! I’m Canadian right?) or do whatever activity that will leave your body spent and your mind clear.

 

Get some love!

Don’t be a one-man show! Surround yourself with loving and helping people such as friends, family, mentors, business groups or advisors. Friends and family will help you to relativize your situation. Let them cook dinner for you, watch the game together or take the kids to the park. It will feel like a breath of fresh air.

Mentors, business groups and advisors will help you see the real picture, no icing, just the cold reality. They’re the one who will get you some tools to go from where you are to where you want to be.

 

Focus!

Stop the procrastination. If you’re feeling lost in a sea of tasks, financials reports and sticky notes, it may be time to introduce some to-do lists, checklists, financial dashboards and overall organization tools. Would it be time to implement some new technologies into your business to organize your day-to-day work?

A business management software may just be the tool that you need to finally assign and manage all the tasks your team have to get done on a daily, weekly, monthly and annually basis. A recurring tasks system could be helpful. Whatever the tools you choose, make sure you feel comfortable with them for a seamless implementation.

 

Quit?

Jumping off the boat before it sinks is sometimes the best choice. It can be a painful realization or a huge burden off your chest. Failing is sometimes the best option. It all comes up to the way you’ll get back on your feet. To understand if your simply stuck in a ditch or if you’re in a dead-end, I strongly suggest that you read The Dip by Seth Godin.

I’ll leave you with those few words of wisdom from this book:

”Getting off a Cul-de-Sac is not a moral failing. It’s just smart. Seeing a Cliff coming far in advance isn’t a sign of weakness. Instead, it represents real insight and bravery. It frees up your energy for the Dip.” Seth Godin

 

 

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Marie-Josee Porlier

Sales Director at Kohezion
Marie-Josée Porlier is the Sales Director and main blogger @ Kohezion. Ask her your questions about the cloud computing industry, online database software, database applications, legacy systems, business solutions and business productivity. She can be reached at mjporlier(at)kohezion(dot)com.

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