Running your own business is an exciting journey. You get to be your own boss and enjoy the freedom of working on your own terms – a position that many people would love to be in. But that doesn’t mean that it’s a walk in the park. For people that work from home, staying motivated is one of the biggest obstacles they face. If you’re having trouble staying focused and taking on the day, this blog is for you.

Get out of your PJs

As a home-based business owner, you need to meet your customers face-to-face which automatically forces you out of your PJs (unlike many freelancers who do work for clients remotely from a laptop). But on days that you’re not seeing any customers and working on business development or administrative tasks, make sure you dress for success. Lounging on the couch in your PJs can put in the mindset that encourages you to procrastinate and be lethargic rather than focus on working.

Set a schedule

Take some time to create a schedule for the next day, week and even month so there’s something tangible to help hold yourself accountable. What are the goals you want to achieve with this schedule? Write them down in your agenda or in your phone and stick to it. This will give you structure and help you remain disciplined.

Exercise

Break up your day with some exercise. Whether you like hitting the weights or doing kickboxing classes, being active keeps you healthy, makes you feel good and energizes you for the rest of the workday.

Socialize with people

There’s no doubt about it, running your own business can be lonely at times. Make sure you spend quality time with your friends and family, not just your customers. Whether it’s a lunch break, going to the gym together or going for a bite to eat after the day is done, being around people will keep your spirits up and allow you to decompress.

Find someone that holds you accountable

Creating a “buddy system” whereby you and a friend hold each other accountable can do wonders. Do you know someone who also works from home or runs their own business? Maybe you know someone who’s in school working towards their second degree. Partner up with a person who could also benefit from someone motivating them to stay on track.

Reward yourself

You work hard for your money, so hard for your money… so why not give yourself a reward when you complete a task or project? Did you just finish organizing a bunch of invoices? Reward yourself with a pastry from your favourite cafe. Had a busy day serving ten customers in a row? Take a break to watch that stand-up comedy special on Netflix. Giving yourself rewards pushes you to complete your tasks on time because you have a “treat” to look forward to.

Even if you’re passionate about your business, there are some days when you feel tired and unmotivated. It’s normal – we’re human after all. There are even times where you find yourself so deep inside the business you forget your “why”, the reason for starting and growing your home-based business in the first place. Always go back to your “why” to recentre yourself and find that focus again.