The best part of building your own business is that you get to build a business you love.
The second-best part of building your own business is that if you don’t love what you do anymore, you can pivot and change whenever you want to!
And, if you find you really don’t like something you can either do something else, outsource it to someone who does love it, or just drop it from your business altogether!
The power really is in your hands when it’s your business – and by extension, your life!
But just as you have the power to build something really awesome, you also have the power to give up when it’s not fun anymore.
In fact, many people do quit. Most people don’t do what it takes to get their business on a strong footing. That’s the reason most business startups fail. But yours doesn’t have to. You can evaluate your business regularly to ensure that you’re doing what you really want to do.
Here are 6 questions to ask yourself to help you build a business you love:
Question 1: Does what I’m doing now help build a business and lifestyle I love?
You can figure this out by looking at your books. See the progress you’ve made and decide whether this business you’ve started can even lead to the lifestyle you want it to or not. Just because you have passion about it or love it doesn’t always mean there is enough audience to make the kind of money you want to make with the kind of work you want to do.
Question 2: What are three things I’m doing that I really don’t like to do?
Pay attention to the things you really dislike doing in your business and take the time to write down three things you’d rather not be doing. Analyze each task to determine whether you’re the one that really needs to be doing it or not. If you can automate it, delegate it, or outsource it because it still needs to be done (like bookkeeping, for example), you can take that stress right off your plate.
(Tip: This is a good task to do quarterly, so that you’re always on top of your own feelings when it comes to your business.)
Question 3: Can I see myself ever not doing this?
When your guard is down, and you visualize your future self, (which you should be doing regularly), what do you see? Do you see yourself doing something totally different from this business? Do you see yourself still doing this business? If you see something totally different – assuming it’s realistic – how can you make that alternate reality come true?
Question 4: Would I do this for free if I didn’t need money?
How would your answer to Question 3 change, if money wasn’t part of the picture? If you won 100 million dollars tonight, what would change about your life tomorrow? Would you keep doing what you’re doing, or would you stop?
This doesn’t always mean that you should not do it, because there is nothing wrong with doing something because of the money. It’s just important to identify that this is your real why if you’d stop doing it when you don’t need money.
Question 5: What brings you joy in your business and your life?
Write down three things you do in your business that make you feel a deep sense of happiness and joy. If nothing in your business gets you excited and makes you feel delighted like you did when you were a child, you may be in the wrong business. Even if you only feel that way when the money comes into your PayPal account, at least that’s something.
If you can’t think of anything at all, then it’s probably time to make some changes.
Question 6: Why do I feel stressed out about my business?
Are there things about your business that cause anxiety or stress for you? What are they, and why do they make you feel that way?
These are the things that need to be worked through so that you can eliminate the stress. Because, let’s be honest, you can’t really build a business or a lifestyle you love if you’re feeling stressed and anxious all the time.
Keep in mind that everyone sometimes feels as if what they are doing has no purpose, and they feel as if they hate it and are missing the mark. It’s more about how you feel on a regular basis than how you feel at any one moment. However, if you regularly feel stressed out and bothered by the work you’re doing, and especially if you feel resentment, you should reevaluate so that you can make changes and build a business that you can fall in love with again.