Owning a business can be an incredibly enriching experience – but it is not as glamourous as shown in movies. Through all the ups and downs that an entrepreneur faces, the one constant ingredient is motivation. Sadly, mustering up words of encouragement is not as easy as it seems.
If you know an entrepreneur and see them struggling, provide all the support that you can give. Here are some tried and tested tips to encourage and motivate an entrepreneur:
Remind them to believe in themselves.
It takes a lot of time for a river to cut its way through a mountain. Similarly, setting up a business is a monumental task that requires a lot of patience, perseverance, and determination.
If you find a business owner who is losing faith and thinking of giving up, remind them of why they started in the first place. The sooner they start believing in themselves, the easier it will be for them to get back on track.
Help them out.
If the above counseling doesn’t uplift the spirit of an anxious business owner, maybe you could assist them. Anybody can feel down – be it writers struggling with Writer’s Block or artists suffering from Creative Block. The best way to not let the business suffer too is to lend a helping hand.
If they’re struggling financially, the government has several grants that can be availed.
If a product requires marketing, pitch in your own ideas. You can also consult expert marketing agencies to help you out.
If the business requires mentoring or guidance, put them in touch with success coaches.
Realize that they can be their own boss.
Do you have a colleague who is frustrated in a 9 to 5 job? Maybe a sister who keeps switching jobs like crazy? Before you go out on a limb and tell them to grow up, consider this – maybe they are not made for working conventional jobs.
Your colleague could possess out-of-the-box thinking that’s the trait of an excellent entrepreneur. Your sister could have the idea of the century in her mind, but can’t take the next step. Just show them their unique personality traits that could make them an entrepreneur.