5 things that helped me get my business back on its feet after a long break
On March 17th, 2020, I launched my business. On March 18th we all went into our first long quarantine period, and our lives changed. I launched a business while walking on eggshells. People around me were losing their jobs, and their minds and I felt bad selling a product at a time everyone is struggling. Then someone said to me “people still have birthdays, people still need presents to celebrate different occasions”, so I went on and the business started growing. With every sound of the Shopify bell, my confidence grew and I enjoyed working for myself and seeing my creations bring happiness to peoples' faces.
Fast forward to July 2020, following a long remote hiring process, my husband got accepted to work abroad with a full relocation package. By the end of August 2020, we were packed and ready to move to our next chapter. But what about MyBeadBox? What do I do with my baby? I realized I will need to devote some time to the relocation so I put up a pop-up on my website saying that it’s temporarily closed with an option to contact me by email and moved my focus to my family for the next few weeks. In my mind, I would be able to reopen the shop in a few weeks, but then reality hit.
Relocation! The word that when anyone hears it their automatic reaction is “Wow, that’s great! That’s so much fun”. Relocation is a challenging journey and has its rewards and at the same time, it is also a lot of hard work. This blog is not about complaining, it’s about learning how to navigate a new circumstance, how to accept the facts, how to be patient, and understand that sometimes we have to slow down and accept things for what they are. And most importantly, what to do to get back on the saddle and back on track.
For the first time in my life, I found myself full-time devoted to the logistics and settlement of all of us. I made lots and lots of lists to deal with all the tasks needed to get done. For my sanity, I took up a part-time job marketing consulting for an Agency. This gave me some headspace to deal with fun, professional, marketing projects not related to remote school, food, and laundry. After 8 months, the summer was approaching, I felt it was time to part and move on to endeavor my goals again.
With the start of the new school year in Aug 2021, all kids started going physically to school and I’ve crossed off nearly 200 tasks from my to-do list, my coast started clearing up and I wanted to pick up again. But how? I was lost. Here are 5 things that helped me get back on my feet.
Commit to yourself - I once learned from Mel Robbins that first I need to commit to myself and start tweaking my habits to get control back. I decided to commit to something I know I can do and that is daily yoga practice early before everyone gets up. I took it a step further and challenged myself to learn to do a headstand so I would have a feeling of accomplishment. At first, I concentrated on this only. The days moved on, and I noticed the coast is getting clearer, my runway has fewer obstacles and I’m ready to take off.
Commit to something you can do daily, it can be a 5-minute walk, a free youtube meditation, anything that you are doing solely for yourself. See how you feel after doing it for a few days.
Find your cheerleaders. In your life, you’ve met a lot of people, schedule calls with people you know will cheer you up and rally for you. If you have no one to turn to, there are plenty of people in Facebook groups that would love to chat and cheer you on. Find a group of like-minded people, whether it’s a group for women in relocation, entrepreneurs, or a group that likes to do a certain hobby together, the groups are endless and the people that are willing to open their hearts and listen to you are endless. I have my go-to people, the ones that cheer me up when I'm feeling down and I cheer them up on their bad days.
Not motivated? Find people, podcasts, or youtube videos to get yourself motivated. I personally like Mel Robbins and Marie Forleo, both have a ton of free videos and podcasts available that will get you motivated on any given day.
- Make a plan - The challenge of having your own business is that you have to wear many hats. One day you are the CEO putting together the plan, the next day you are the project manager breaking it into tasks, and the day after you are executing the tasks. Even as an executionist you wear many hats - webmaster, graphic designer, blog writer, social manager, etc. To make it fun, I use Trello to make my grand plan broken down into tasks, then I sit on my google calendar and plug in the tasks into the days of the week. This gives me a clear roadmap of what I need to do when. (Trello has a calendar and due dates too, but I am personally more committed to my google calendar).
I also like giving myself a deadline, it can be any random date or a birthday or occasion, once you have that date set, start working backward on all the tasks you need to do to make your deadline.
- Take baby steps - the smaller the tasks are in step 3, the more likely you are to do them. Be specific and go into detail about what you expect of your executionist self to do the next day.
Not sure how to do something? Google it, look for a youtube video, there is almost nothing you can't find online today. Yes, it may not give you the full answer, but it gives you a start.
- Change up your work environment - If you feel like one work environment is draining you or that you can’t concentrate because you are constantly thinking about the load of laundry that needs to get done, change up locations, go to the park, Starbucks. You’ll be surprised how much more productive you are in a new space.
Whatever the circumstances are that have brought you to take a long break from something you love to do, there is always a way back. Take things slowly, one step at a time, accept your situation, and take control of it.
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