19 Ways motivating you to be productive in starting your own business.

Stepping foot into the world of starting your own business is so exciting, very scary and alot of hard work. When I first started my business I was really really in over my head. I spent alot of time learning how to do things in different ways so it would suit me. A massive combination of trial and errors. Starting your own business can be amazing and successful. So keeping yourself organised, motivated and productive is key.

So what can you do to keep yourself on the right path for a successful starting of your own business?

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1. Create a vision board. And Work our what it is you want to achieve.

A vision board is a perfect way to keep your self motivated. You visually keep your goals as images to remind you what your working towards, things you want in your future and even things that inspire and motivate you to keep doing what it is you do.

My favourite things about vision boards are that they are so personal to you that they can feature absoloutely anything you like.

2. Think about your ‘why’. And remember why you started!

Why was it you started your business venture? Have you been working towards it for a while now, but your only starting to really get going and take it seriously.

Scary, right?

I think that this it is so not important to know your reasons behind on why you are doing what it is you want.

Do you want to earn a bit of cash on the side? Build your confidence to stand on your own two feet? Or even your own personal reasons. Just be honest with yourself. And it allows you to focus yourself back to motivation to work hard.

Work hard play hard.

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3. Surround yourself with inspiration.

Do you know why Sophia Christina Amoruso is? Her story is so inspiring.

She is the founder and owner of the company Nasty Gal. That massive high street brand so many of us love. She later released her book, #girlboss and had a Netflix series made revolving around her journey to CEO. After reading her book, I was left feeling so inspired. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it. For Sophia it started with a second-hand jacket from a thrift store, now she owns her own brand.
I started selling my used clothes that I no longer wanted/needed on eBay. Before I knew it I was starting my own business. Soon, I was sourcing out more stock to sell on. Now I am building my next stage of what I want to achieve in life.

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4. Work out if you are really passionate about achieving your goal and starting your own business?

If you don’t love your goals and dreams, they won’t love you? Being passionate about something is about having that want to live and breathe what they do. Your talents have been paying off and your excited about the possibilities and proud of every single achievement you have made. You love your skills and you want to share it with the world without holding back.

I’ve never heard a singer become famous and hate singing. It’s something they love and have been passionate about. So they worked hard, and made themselves known for doing what they love. Singing.

Now think about your goal? You are starting your own business. You want to be your own boss, you want to be perusing your dreams. Not your nightmares.

Passion is a major key to success. Without passion there is no motivation. Mainly because your just not interested enough to furfill your goals.

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5. Get up. Get dressed and have breakfast.

Honestly, I love having my pjs on and staying in bed for the perfect day of laziness. But it’s not what we should be doing everyday.

Yes, ok maybe part of the dream starting your own business was the comfort of lay-ins and PJ days. However not creating a healthy balanced routine could be affecting your drive to work and complete tasks.

Get up at a reasonable hour, have breakfast (and that coffee your dying for first thing in the morning), then get yourself dressed. Even if you are planning to spend the day inside, and not leave the house putting something Comfortable for working in is a smart move to make.

6. Find yourself a space to work. Away from distractions.

Firstly, a workspace is exactly that, a space dedicated to you for working. It’s the most valuable possession. Having a space of your own to spread out. Be creative and create your dreams happen.

I always feel my most productive when I’m sat in the craft room at my desk. Sometimes a bit of music to get me going.

7. Use a planner or a PA system.

When I finally decided to get over the cost of it and invest in a happy planner, I learnt something. I hadn’t been using a planner to its whole capacity.

I used to buy a standard planner, write all birthdays, anniversaries and important dates in. Then I would fill it with some appointments. But I wasn’t even consistent enough with this. Then I discovered the planner community. It already felt like all my christmases had come at once with the beautiful assessories and ideas for planning I had seen with the happy planner. But next came the actually using my planner for nearly everything. To do lists, appointments, goals, reflections, lessons, important notes. A personal assistant in paper form. Having a planner is so key whether it is digital, paper, or if you are like me, both.

8. Ensure you actually have everything you need to start your own business.

So I just spoke about a method of planning yourself. Now put that into action here. Ensure that you have the ability to achieve your goals with the correct tools. What do you need to achieve your goal? When I first started my selling shop I needed to invest in a few things. Postage materials, storage boxes, ink for labels, labels. Lots of random stuff. However, it was important. If I didn’t have these things there was no way that I would be able to even start a business. You couldn’t be an artist selling paintings without paint right? So think about it like that. Do you have everything you need to build, run and support your business?

9. Plan your week and stick to it where possible.

Let us not kid ourselves. Daily lives are hard to keep up with at the best of times, and now you are trying to balance life, money, happiness, and you’re starting your own business. There is so much to think about and so much to do. It is time to start using your lists and plans of what you need to achieve towards your business and placing them into action. There is literally no point writing lists of what you need to do if you are not going to follow through with them.

10. Set your priorities straight.

by allowing your tasks to overtake you, you can easily become overwhelmed. Overwhelming your brain leads to a fight/flight response as it starts to cloud what it is you need to do and when. Set your priorities in order to meet deadlines and keep these manageable. Don’t take on too much for what you want at a time. Being warn down and making mistakes could cause your business hurt and unmotivated you to carry on.

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11. Stop giving yourself excuses.

Is there something on your to-do list that is holding you back? or maybe you’re holding you back without even realising. You need to stop giving yourself excuses and start giving yourself reasons. Why can’t you finish something on your todo list? it is something preventing you from finishing other tasks too? it can have a roll one

12. Be open to learning.

Don’t they say knowledge is power? Well, I don’t really know who ‘they’ are but they have a pretty good point. Without the power of knowledge, we don’t learn, develop and grow. We need to be prepared to be successful in our paths that we should always be open to gaining further knowledge in our fields.

Learning new things towards your skills will improve your working life. As well as gives you an advantage in competition. Because you have learnt how to organically grow and maintain your business.

13. Organise your digital space

We know it’s important to have a clear and calm work space now. so why allow your digital space to feel cluttered?

Clearing your emails, organising your folders, and archiving no longer required files is just a few of the things you could be doing to organise your digital space. Ensuring your website is backed up, and had a health check. Ensuring your open projects are accessible, we wouldn’t want to work at a messy desk so why a messy system?

14. Spread your achievable goals out into day, week, month and year.

Ok, you know what it is you want to achieve, so now it is time to break it down into managerble portions. setting yourself daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals. Setting your goals too high at once causes so many people to give up. When really achievable goals is a motivational action. Encouraging you to challenge yourself as well as feeling proud of yourself.

15. Create a to-do list. Or a ten.

Creating to-do lists is one of my favourite methods of keeping organised and motivated. I spoke a lot about this when I posted about staying organised in life.

16. Set yourself appropriate times to work.

I’m going to be completely honest, this is one I struggle with. However it is still so true. 2am is not an ideal working hour! I’m always battling this one. I find a surge of ideas late at night so many times.

When it comes to my blogging I tend to write really late. And I always feel more inspired to work at night. But like me since I am taking my blog more seriously, I am treating it more and more like a job. As in 9-5 hours.

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17. Take plenty of breaks.

I get it! You are on a roll. Things are going well and you want this to continue right? One key factor of keeping motivation is not to burn out. If you don’t allow your time to take breaks from what it is you are doing it is more likely to burn out, and give up.

Working non stop does not ensure your producing quality work.

18. Consider what your expenditures are and stick to a budget.

When it comes to spending money on our business it is true in many cases that you need to spend money before you start making any. Such as investing in your equipment that you need, fees for subscription services that help support your business. As well as varies other things.

It’s really important however to set yourself a budget. As your business grows you should already be thinking about the legal side of your business. Such as taxes and all the boring bits. Ensure you know exactly what your businesses outgoings are, as well as your incoming finance.

You need to know that your not constantly spending money without making any either. How can you feel motivated to success if your business is causing you debts?

19. Document everything you do, seriously.

No. I’m not joking about this one. You should document everything you do. Whether it’s building a portfolio for a personal or business reason.

I’ve always been a massive note taker. I knew I wouldn’t remember everything. I’d miss something so I had to start writing notes.

When you set your goal, you had a long time goal, right?

If your serious and your going to achieve your goals you obviously know that it’s what you want to do. So it could take you years but you can watch how you grow, see what you have achieved and have records of expenditure and income from the start.

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Switching to Skystra hosting. Why I suggest Skystra to anyone blogging!

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I have had websites for years, I started learning some basic coding when I was around 13, the same time I got my first laptop. I was stuck bedridden at the time having had my leg surgery, and I had discovered the online world of IRC. Oh, the memories I have, me and my laptop. A true geeky tween. I first started using Go Daddy hosting, because I registered a domain, and I had free hosting through a friend. It wasn’t until last year when I really started taking my blog seriously that I found switching to Skystra hosting was the best move I’ve made so far.

Moving to another hosting provider seemed really daunting at first! I hate changing, but I really had no choice. GoDaddy does not offer free SSL and wanted a yearly payment of £80. I couldn’t really understand why something so needed for a website was being charged for at such a cost. So I hit google. Did a ton of research and found Skystra.

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Why did I choose to make the move to Skystra Hosting?

The support:

So the first thing I was really impressed with was the online support being offered by the Skystra team. Before I had even registered an account I decided to speak to one of their advisors about the prospect of moving my blog away from Go Daddy hosting and switching to Skystra hosting instead. The advisor was so helpful and pleasant to talk to and explained that they would do everything for me and secure that I wouldn’t lose any of my website data. Which of course was comforting.

Free website move:

Skystra dealt with my whole website move, with barely any faff. When I had spoken to the previous web hosting support teams I had never had as much help. So it was a really welcoming feature. Their team are prepared to move your website to there servers, without any issues within a few hours.

Reasonable pricing:

Although based in the USA, and priced in dollars, I still find that the pricing plan is very affordable for the service you are getting. I signed up for the starter plan. Which covers exactly what I want right now, and is a brilliant package for any start-up bloggers.

The SSL:

If you don’t know what SSL is don’t panic. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, and this is a global standard security technology that enables encrypted and secure communication between a web browser and a web server. So basically it’s a fancy layer of security.

Their affiliate program:

When you register for your Skystra account, you are automatically entered into their affiliate program, where they give you a link to earn on your referrals. I have already earned through this program, and found it really rewarding to refer friends too.

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Switching to Skystra hosting

Starting a blog is such a positive journey you can empower on, take a look at my reasons to blog here.

If you are considering to any other hosting, I highly recommend switching to Skysta hosting if you are already on a hosting plan that you are not completely happy with.

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What I have been doing to improve my writing skills

Even the most competent writer will be someone continuously looking to improve their writing skills. All those aspiring writers out there, whether they are creating stories, bloggers, journalists or anything else. They all started somewhere. Anyone can be a writer as long as they have a passion for writing, but I think it’s quite fair to say that not everybody has the ability to be confident in their own writing straight away.

My downfall has always been my spelling and grammar. Through school, I was terrible at including grammar, punctuations and spelling. I hated it at one point. My passion had always been being creative. I had all the ideas of what words I would want to use, but It was just the formalities I couldn’t get on with.

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Whilst there are so many different styles of writing and skills to be gained. You don’t need to have glowing qualifications to be able to get your content noticed.

there are so many things that you can be doing on a day to day basis that will naturally improve your writing abilities without having to attend a course. (a writing class is always an option but not always convenient)

Looking for something to do? read my creative things to do when in lockdown post, here.

An excuse to read more…

If you are a book lover already then this really shouldn’t take much persuading anyway. I absolutely love to sit and chill out with a hot drink (or a cheeky glass of Wine) in the evening with a book in my hand.

The more you read the more you will gain in your own writing. You will discover so many different new styles and the inspiration that you gain is amazing.

It doesn’t matter if it isn’t a book or story either. blogs, newspaper articles, magazines, poems. Whatever it is, as long as your enjoying it, your reading experiences will be valuable.

Get playing Scrabble and other word games…

I am not kidding! Whether you are addicted to board games. Or enjoy playing on your phone word games get you thinking, can subconsciously improve your spelling and increase your own mental dictionary. My spelling has improved massively since I started playing scrabble with friends. It worth a go.

Practice your writing skills with Journaling…

Journaling may seem like an obvious writing style. However, with a journal you have a personal and private place where you can continue to practice your writing skills, whilst also having a creative outlet to enjoy.

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Join others in writing groups…

Facebook and Twitter have some amazing groups circulating where others are sharing ideas, asking for help, and connecting with others that have the passion for writing, whatever your writing style is there is a group online somewhere where you will be able to connect with others and grow your experiences.

I’ve also noticed that some of these groups create challenges and competitions for writers to join in with. Which is another great way of increasing your writing skills and experience.

Focusing on writing skills and Spend time content planning…

So many ideas. So little time, right?

Keep a notebook by your side and jot down your random writing ideas. This was you won’t forget the brilliant idea you had and can use this later.

I’ve found that sometimes I will have an idea for a new blog post or a few phrases of the book I am working on, and just by writing it down for later, or jotting it down on my notes in my phone has made such a difference to my writing skills.

Having trouble staying organised? check out my post on staying organised, here.

Ask for as much feedback as possible…

One of my biggest pieces of advice to anyone would be to stop seeing feedback as threatening. All feedback is so useful for growing and improving your writing. Constructive criticism is the most valuable tool you can be given on a plate. Use the criticism to acknowledge any possible flaws in your writing. We’re all human and even the greatest writers and bloggers, make mistakes, have writer’s block and has a bad day.

Finally Download Grammarly,

Grammarly has been a massive help for me when proofreading my writing and editing my blogging work, and everything else. It is a plugin that I highly recommend, as not only does Grammarly check your grammar, but it also highlights any clarity enhancements that suggests removing unnessisary words and phrases from your writing.

I would love to hear your ideas on improving your confidence within your writing and your writing skills? let me know in the comments below.

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