How to stay motivated after starting your online business


How to stay motivated

Starting an online business is great. At first, you feel excited, hopeful and motivated…but after a little while, your feelings start to change. Your motivation decreases slowly. Things don’t go as planned. You start wondering whether what you do is worth your time and efforts and whether this business makes sense.

If that happens to you, don’t lose faith, just keep going because if you decide to stay in the game no matter what, you’re almost sure to succeed.

Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th

Julie Andrews

Successful entrepreneurs know that starting an online business is like a roller coaster. One day you feel fantastic and unstoppable, the next you are desperate and think your business is never going to make it. It’s in these tough moments that your success takes shape, it’s also in these moments that the Universe decide whether you deserve to reach your goal so it’s crucial for you to persevere.

But how do you do that? How do you stay motivated after starting your online business?

To help you figure this out, I am going to share with you 5 ways that will help you reach your goals and dreams. Whether you feel hopeless, unmotivated or unfocused, these tools will boost your motivation and energy instantly.

1. Remind yourself of the reasons why you started

When you work on your online business it’s easy to lose sight of the reasons why you started. Maybe you started it to get a side income, or maybe you wanted to resign and work from home, or maybe you just wanted to make this world a better place. No matter what your reasons are, it’s important to remind yourself of them when you feel down. It will help you refocus and reinvigorate your drive.

2 Make it fun

Sometimes you feel unmotivated because running your online business is just not fun enough. If you’re in this situation, you must find a way to make it more exciting.

So ask yourself:

  • How can I enjoy running my online business again?
  • What makes me feel great about this business?
  • Is there a part of my business that I hate doing? If so can I outsource it?

If you look for ways to reduce the hassle of running your business while increasing your fun, you will be motivated again.

3 Don’t let your mind plays tricks on you

Our mind can sometimes trick us into thinking that we are not making any progress in life but if you consider things on a long term basis you will often realize that it’s an illusion. Think about where you were 3 ,4 or even 10 years ago. Don’t you think you’ve made some progress in the meantime?

When you create and run an online business that’s exactly the same. If you think you are stagnating or even regressing keep in mind that it’s a long process. When you will look back at what you’ve accomplished in 3 or 5 years, you will see the tremendous progress you will have made.

4 Don’t aim too low nor too high

Aiming too low won’t motivate you because there is no fun, no challenge to excite you. You already know you can make it.

When you aim too high, you tend to feel intimidated, you think that your objective is impossible to reach, which has a bad impact on your motivation too.

To know what’s right for you, follow this great advice:

“If you don’t fail at least 90 percent of the time, you’re not aiming high enough.”

Alan Kay

5 Take a long break

Taking a long break of 1 week or 2 is excellent when you feel unmotivated. It will allow you to recover and start fresh again with new ideas, and a new energy.


Do you want more?

Now I want to know have you ever felt like you were never going to make it? What did you do? Let me know in the comments below!

Simon Cave

7 comments… add one
  • Gina Horkey January 9, 2015, 5:17 pm

    So true! Running a web-based business is a WILD roller coaster ride:-) Knowing my why is the most important motivator – I’m the breadwinner and have to provide for my young family of four. I’m also doing this to spend more time with them! Thanks for the post.

    • The Becomer January 10, 2015, 11:38 am

      I agree. Before starting any project, always ask yourself WHY you do it

  • Tirzah January 20, 2015, 12:14 pm

    This one is also on the money. Thanks a million. Cheers!

  • Robin January 26, 2015, 9:02 am

    Great article and good suggestions. My motivation waxes and wanes (rises and falls) but I try to remember that I love my business (when I’m feeling low) and that I must remember that “low motivation” times will return (when I’m feeling high). I love the suggestion about taking off for a week or two. That’s something else to remember if I start to feel low. Thanks for this great article; I have been enjoying (and learning from) your website for a long time.

    • The Becomer January 26, 2015, 8:11 pm

      You got it Robin! You must control your focus every time you feel down. Thank you for your comment.

  • Mer June 17, 2015, 2:53 am

    All of the points are spot-on! I also think that people quit too soon when they embark on a business fulltime too early to replace their job.

    Maybe they’ve made a few sales. Encouraged by that, they quit their job to focus solely on their business. They think with a fulltime focus, they’ll get fulltime results.

    But after a while, business slows down. Competition is intense, and their competitors seem to be so much better than them. They struggle financially, with bills to pay and not enough capital to buy inventory.

    So they return to employment. They start thinking that the business model doesn’t work for them, and that a better business model exists.

    Without a warrior’s mindset, patience and some form of planning, quitting becomes a vicious cycle.

    This happens to people who really can’t wait to leave their jobs. People like me, and a few others I know. Thankfully, I’m past that stage now, and I find joy in building my business although it’s not my sole income source right now.

    In the past, I did it for money. Now, I do it because I truly want to serve others with my knowledge, and this alone keeps my motivation sky-high each and every day.



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