7 WAYS TO STAY POSITIVE AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER May 24, 2019 | Business Tips , Franchise | small business , business growth , motivation By Stepha Vesper As a small business owner, it’s normal to experience short periods of doubt from time to time. The keyword being short. If you find anxiety setting in more often than you’d like, it’s time to reel in the negativity and embrace all things positive. Here’s how to keep your head up and get things done: 1. Keep an open mind. Minimizing risk is one thing in small business, but you don’t want to be dismissive either. That new opportunity might seem downright scary at the moment, but what if it works out? Getting stuck in your marketing tactics or day-to-day work routine can mean getting stuck in a rut. Remember, there’s more than one way to get a task accomplished—in fact, there’s hundreds of ways! 2. Be amenable to change. If everything stayed the same, we would never get anywhere. Whether it be an industry-regulating policy change to adhere to or learning new inspection software, staying flexible will come in handy during the myriad changes that will take place over the course of running your business. If you’re prepared to roll with the punches, you’ll come out that much savvier. 3. Jump on opportunity. While not every opportunity may be for you, you should never pass one up just because it intimidates you. Trying something new will always be at least a little intimidating, but it’s a prime moment for learning, growing and moving forward. If you’ve done your research and decided that an opportunity just might work, stepping outside of your comfort zone and going for it will always be worth it. 4. Practice gratitude. Gratitude is a bit of a buzzword in the wellness sphere at the moment, but there’s a reason for that: being thankful works. Not only does gratitude help you maintain a healthy perspective on your personal and professional life, it also keeps your eyes on the prize while you’re getting where you want to go. Nothing spreads positivity like being thankful and appreciative of all you have and all you’ve accomplished. 5. Use humor. A healthy dose of humor can turn a bad situation into a bearable one, and it’s a sign of a healthy attitude toward the curveballs life tends to throw at us in all aspects of life. It also helps ease others’ nerves and boosts morale, a sure sign of good leadership. 6. Take responsibility. Blaming others for your feelings and shortcomings won’t get you far. It might not feel great in the moment, but accepting responsibility when things don’t go as planned in your business is actually liberating. It doesn’t mean that you’re a failure. It means, just like the rest of the world, you have room for improvement. Plus, holding yourself responsible ensures that you’ll move on quickly; when you blame other people or outside sources, you’re more likely to dwell or wallow in self-pity. 7. Keep you goals lofty. Just because things don’t go your way 100 percent of the time, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep thinking big: big picture and big goals. To keep yourself focused on those goals, you have to believe in your ability to accomplish them. Take the time to reevaluate your business goals a few times a year. How have you already grown toward making those goals realities? Why is it important that you keep working toward that goal? Keep in mind that goals should change over time. If a goal doesn’t resonate anymore, switch it up! Stay fresh and stay in that positive mindset. Interested in owning your own small business? Give National Property Inspections a call. We at NPI have the tools you need to succeed in the property inspection industry. Find out more by filling out the form or giving Julie Erickson a call at 800-333-9807, ext. 24. About the Author Stepha Vesper, Marketing Communications Specialist Stepha has more than five years’ experience in marketing, content creation, SEO and copywriting. Her favorite part of her job is assisting franchisees with their digital marketing strategies so they reach their goals that much faster. When she isn’t at work, Stepha is going on adventures with her basset hound, Frank, and husband, Zach, perusing used bookstores, reading or writing.