What makes an entrepreneur successful? Having an original – or improved – idea for a business is a good start. Having the energy to make it a reality will be a good follow up, as will the money to get things moving. However, none of these things are particularly original: everyone who wants to become a business owner knows them. One thing that is vastly underrated is the importance of being settled. If you’re ordered and in control in your personal life, you’ll find it much easier to take care of the business aspects. Below, we take a look at a few things to give up, and a few things to get in shape before you go gung-ho with your business.
Dating and Friendships
You can’t have everything in life, or at least not all in one go. If you’re trying to get a business up, running, and successful, then you’ll need to leave your social life behind for a while. It’s not so much an issue of time; it’s a matter of energy. You can’t expect to go for a few drinks with your friends and then rise early the following money full of energy to tackle the day. Your friends will understand that you have to change your priorities for a while.
Finding a Place to Live
The working part of your day will be tough. Once you’ve reached the end of the day, you’ll need to return somewhere quiet and relaxed in order to restore your energies, plan your following day, and so on. Alas, this will mean leaving your “sharing with friends” housing behind. An entrepreneur needs their own place. You won’t have the time to find your own place, so work with a real estate agent. It’ll be much easier to build your empire when you’re not trying to drown out housemates when you’re trying to get to sleep.
Focus on the Essentials
There are going to be times when it feels like you’re really coming up against it in your professional life. You might get a rush of business, or you might be spending long days trying to plot your next move. When this happens, it’s easy for life to become overwhelming. But this is what you signed up for: you agreed to go on the wild ride when you set up the business. We hope you didn’t think it’d be easy! During these times, it’s imperative that you solely focus on the essentials of life, which is eating well, getting exercise, and getting a good night’s sleep. Life might not be all that exciting, but it’s always a good practice to focus on the essentials when the pressure is on.
Have a Cut Off Point
Some entrepreneurs brag about pulling long days. They shouldn’t. That is not the mark of a settled life. You want your business to last for decades, and that means you need to find a routine that can last for decades, too. Have a cut-off point at work, and head home!