Love the business you have

Posted By on May 18, 2015 in Creative Business


Today’s post is brought to you by a few things I’ve been reading lately.

Love the business you have

 

First up is a book I got for my birthday, called Love the Home You Have. It was written by DIY blogger Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room, and it’s a book all about homemaking.

For some of you this may not be an interesting topic, but for me it definitely is. Lately I’ve been feeling really overwhelmed by the chaos (clutter, mess, general lack of design features) in my house, and I’ve been wanting to change it. I also really want to move to a whole different house, but in the current time that’s not really an option, so I’m trying to learn to work with what I’ve got. This book is all about finding ways to love the house you’re currently living in, no matter how far it is from your dream home, and to work towards making it line up more with your actual dreams and goals. That idea is really resonating with me right now.

Then I read this post on Tara Swiger’s blog, which is in part about how you can be happy in your business right now, rather than waiting until your business achieves X followers or Y goal status before you’re happy with it. There it is again – that idea of finding contentment with what you have, rather than hoping to be content once you reach some as-yet-not-achieved goal.

So that got me thinking about how we can find contentment in what we’ve currently got, and in that process I put together some things you can ask yourself to help you be more content with your business.

Questions to Ask to help you Love Your Business:

  1. What has your business money brought into your life recently? Maybe your business profits helped you enroll in a new class, buy a fancy new notebook, or take your spouse out to dinner. Even if you were just able to buy a pen or upgrade to Dropbox Pro, that’s a big achievement! Celebrate it, rather than wishing those profits had been higher.
  2. Who has your business brought into your life? I know when I ran a creative business, I met some amazing people (and now I still do, as a Virtual Assistant!). Who have you met because of your business – customers, colleagues, fellow Makers or business owners? Take a minute to be grateful for what that person has brought into your life, and for the business that has connected you with that person.
  3. When is the last time someone gave you positive feedback on your business? Maybe a customer left a happy note in the Etsy feedback system, or someone e-mailed you to let you know how much your product or latest blog post has helped them. Remember that feeling, and pat yourself on the back!
  4. What new skills have you learned because of running your business? Time management, inventory tracking, business card design, marketing? Take a moment to think about how valuable those skills can be in other areas of your life as well!
  5. What feeling do you get from knowing that you have a business making something that is a part of you? Really dig deep on this one and think about the satisfaction that comes from making things, and from calling yourself a Maker. Stand up a little straighter the next time you remember that you own that title, and it’s because of your business!

I hope this has helped you see YOUR business in a positive light!

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