Running your business alone is not an easy task and staying motivated is something many solopreneurs struggle with during their journey. From time to time, you may face challenges that will affect your confidence and cause you to lack the motivation to move forward. However, there are a few things you can do to remind yourself that you have a purpose and that what you have chosen to do is for you. I have listed below the top 5 things you can do to stay motivated as a solopreneur.

1. Define your why. Remind yourself why you went into business. Who or what are you doing this for. It could be to make more money because your 9-5 was not giving you what you needed. It could be for your family, flexibility, freedom, and to create the life you want to live. What is your mission?

2. Stay focused on your goals. It’s not a race. You should run your business at your own pace. Don’t let imposter syndrome set in. Your story is what makes you unique. Just remember you have to put in the work to get your desired results. Figure out what’s working and not working in your business. Sometimes we have to pivot on our journey to continue on our path. Just keep going.

3. Surround yourself with like-minded people. The people around you can have a huge impact on your success. Make sure you are not the smartest person in the room. You will not be able to learn and grow if you are always the person your friends look to. Instead, seek out like-minded entrepreneurs at networking events, online groups, and professional retreats. Get inspiration and motivation from those who have already succeeded and are on a similar journey. If you don’t have a coach or a mentor, this might be the perfect time to find one. 

4. Remember the reason you left your 9-5. More than likely you quit your job because of people and pay. Don’t forget what you had to deal with Monday through Friday. Running your own business is better than being underpaid, under-appreciated, overworked, and micro-managed by someone who does not care about your well-being and could let you go at any time. Do you want to return to that toxic environment? 

5. Have faith in your decisions. Most people get stuck when they’re indecisive and fear failure or success. True leaders make quick and strategic decisions. It’s all about trial and error. If something does not work, then try something different. You have to believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect your clients to put their trust in you? Stop second-guessing your decisions. What you desire and the choices you make are usually determined by motivation. What’s your motivation?