8 Ultimate Motivation Tips for Small Businesses
Even the best of us can get a little run down from time to time. You’ve been working hard to meet the needs of customers in your community day in and day out. It’s no wonder you’re tired! During times like these, sometimes it can be a challenge to find that energy or motivation for business, whether you are a local business owner or an employee.
With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s important to kick your small business into high gear to rope in those precious holiday sales. So if you are feeling the motivation slump, never fear, we’ve searched high and low to bring you the best motivation tips to help you out during the busy season. Whether it’s the holiday rush or not, the next time you feel a little run down, try one of these tips.
1. Revisit the ‘why’ behind your company
To help you break out of the daily “just get through the to-do list” mindset, take a minute to think about the why behind your business. Why did you start your company? Reflecting on this question can help reignite the passion you had at the beginning of your business endeavor, and that is a powerful motivator. This exercise might also help you re-align your goals for future success!
2. Picture the future
Did you know that the process of planning a vacation lifts your mood just as much as the vacation itself? Apply that philosophy to your business. Plan ahead for the next few months, especially since we’re approaching the new year. Looking ahead for the year to come and all the good things it presents can motivate you to work hard now in preparation.
3. Seek feedback from customers
Spend a little more time with your customers. Find out what they want and need as well as what they like about your business, products and services. Hearing their positive feedback or ideas for growth can boost your work motivation. Bonus: you’ll gain valuable customer insight for future campaigns and business decisions.
4. Share with employees
As a small business owner, you may feel burdened with all of the knowledge and insight you have into your business. Let go of some of that burden by sharing the ups and downs of the business with your employees, when appropriate. You’ll feel more engaged with your business support system and your employees will feel more included and motivated. It’s a win-win.
5. Set up a company contest
Nothing motivates like some good old-fashioned competition, so organize a contest for you and your employees during the holiday season. Pick an objective or a goal for you and your employees to work towards and a time frame. Then, select appropriate prizes to reward the winners.
6. Break your routine
Your motivation might be hiding just beyond your normal routine, so break it! This could mean adding an exercise regimen, changing up your route to work, or re-decorating your office. Think big or small to shake up your routine today.
7. Take a little time off
Nothing helps you re-align yourself and find your motivation like a little time away. Schedule a long weekend or a full vacation to relax and recharge. Even a half-day could do the trick. The same goes for your employees. Consider giving them a surprise afternoon off or an extra vacation day during the holidays.
8. Throw a holiday party
Finally, stimulate motivation with a little company bonding during a party. Celebrate this season or any holiday together for some down time to get to know each other. Have fun!
What is the best motivational tip you’ve ever heard?
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