“If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
You’ve probably heard that passion is a key ingredient of any successful small business or startup. Maybe you know it first-hand. But what happens if you lose your passion for your small business? Does that mean it’s time to part ways with your business and pursue a new path? Or does it just mean it’s time to make a change?
What if you lose your passion for your small business?
If your business is doing well but no longer excites you, it’s time to make a change. That doesn’t mean you need to start a new business or completely dismantle your current operations. It could be a small change, but any changes you make need to reflect what it is that you’re passionate about. What made you start this business in the first place? What used to excite you about it? What have you learned since then? What do you find yourself getting excited about instead?
You can use these questions to better define what you feel is missing from your small business and determine what kinds of changes you can make to bring back the spark.
Remember the beginning
What made you start this venture? Why were you excited about your business in the beginning? Remembering what made you passionate about it in the first place can help you rekindle some of that passion today. Did you start out with a mission to help a certain demographic? Did your business idea arise out of a frustrating or less-than-perfect experience you’ve had in the past? Look back on what made your business exciting in the beginning to rekindle your passion.
Take some time off
We have a clearer perspective after we’ve had time to ourselves to think things over. The problem might not be a loss of passion for your business, but instead could be due to overworking yourself and dealing with stress. Take some time off to think, but don’t spend the whole time worrying about your business. Use the time to recharge, enjoy yourself, and take a break from your business.
When you return, it could be with new ideas to make things more exciting for you, or a new direction you want to take the company in. Even if you don’t come up with any changes you’d like to make, your time off will help you focus better and get more clarity.
Delegate what you hate
Yes, life is full of things we don’t want to do, and sometimes, there’s just no way around it. But if you’re a small business owner, you don’t have to keep doing the work you hate. If certain tasks are especially distasteful for you, delegate them to someone else. If you’ve been a solo-preneur up to this point, consider outsourcing some tasks, like receptionist duties, to make your job that much easier and more enjoyable.
Disrupt your own business
Maybe you’ve gotten a little too comfortable with the way you do things. You can awaken your passion for your small business by disrupting your own business and making a major, innovative change. Ask yourself, “What would make my work more exciting?” Brainstorm a few ideas, rank them, and implement what sounds best.
We recently wrote a post about falling in love with the problem your business is trying to solve instead of falling in love with your business (the biggest mistake startup founders and small business owners make). Take a big picture look at your company, who you serve, and what you do. What can you change to shake things up in a way that pays off for your business?
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