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Seven tips to keep you motivated if you run your own business

Staying motivated when you run your own business is tough.  We all have days where we feel like we can’t be bothered and if you work from home it can be even harder to keep feeling positive.  Have a read of my advice below to help you stay focused daily and achieve wonderful things in your business…

1.  Work hard
My first tip is that you do need to work hard to get your business off the ground but I guarantee it will be worth it.  Remember the reasons why you decided to set up your own business in the first place and focus on those reasons to keep you motivated day to day.

Aim for the moon

2.  Don’t obsess over competitors
In the early stages of setting up your 
business, you will have no doubt looked at your competitors to see what they were up to and it makes good business sense to keep doing this.  However, don’t get obsessive about what everyone else is doing – focus on your own goals before worrying about your competitors.

3.  Write lists
A tip to motivate yourself each day is to write a list of what you want to achieve, this will help keep you focused and it’s a great feeling ticking off each task when they are complete!

4. Take breaks  
Staying motivated is hard work so make sure you still take time out to have your lunch and coffee breaks – don’t be too hard on yourself!

5. Stay focused
Can you remember how you felt on the first 
day you launched your business? Nervous, excited, full of ideas?  Over time you may feel like you’ve lost a bit of that enthusiasm.  If you have, take your mind back to that first day and think about how inspired you felt and use that feeling to regain your focus.

6.  Stick to your goals
Make sure you stick to your goals and plan ahead so that you can make your dreams of running a successful business become a reality.

It’s okay to make mistakes

7.  Making mistakes is okay
My last tip is to remind you that it’s okay if you get things wrong in your business so don’t get disheartened if you have an ‘off day’.  Everyone makes mistakes and those that say they don’t are lying in my opinion!  Just make sure you learn from them and use that knowledge to improve the way you do things in the future.

I’d love you to share your motivational tips so feel free to post them in the comments section below.


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A visit to the Kent 20/20 Vision Live Event

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Yesterday was a busy one here at Lighthouse Virtual Assistant as I attended the Kent 20/20 Vision Live event at the Kent County Showground in Detling.

This is a fantastic event where businesses have the opportunity to showcase their products and services whilst networking with other companies to help them prosper and grow.  This year the theme was ‘Innovate to Grow’ to recognise the key role innovation plays in a business.

There were just under 300 exhibitors at the event with speeches from Will Whitehorn, former Brand Director at Virgin Group and President of Virgin Galactic and Edward Perry, Co-Founder and CEO from the COOK chain who have reinvented the frozen ready meal market.

Workshops were also available throughout the day including Business Fire Safety from Kent Fire & Rescue and How to Become a True Social Business from Zoodikers Consulting Ltd.

If you’ve never been before it’s definitely worth it, the event is held annually and you can attend for free or pay to exhibit.  More information can be found here.

The event was extremely well organised and I know from previously exhibiting there that a lot of hard work goes into it, so congratulations to all involved.