Is It Really Worth It? Owning A Small Business Can Have A Surprising Impact On Us – Marketing, Sales And Business Training

Is It Really Worth It? Owning A Small Business Can Have A Surprising Impact On Us

I’m focusing a lot of time at the moment on the blog talking about change. Why is that?

As a small business owner or an entrepreneur, change will be part of your life, its inevitable. When I first started my own business back in 2002 it was a shock to the system to be facing changes and challenges so frequently. For some reason I thought it would be like an employee, having stability and small challenges along the way.

I had to embrace change very early on and either decide it was going to be my ally to help me and my business or something to fear. I took the former option which is partly why 16 years later I’m still in business.

I work weekly with my clients helping and supporting them through the business success dojo club to embrace and welcome change as it actually brings us much more as business owners than just having overcome an obstacle or challenge.

Taking time to focus on the positive and finding the good in change is yet another strategy that can help you to better deal with business challenges. Let me show you some ways that can happen.

Discover Your Strengths

With change comes adaptability. We need to adapt in order to roll with the punches. You’ll soon discover some ofyour greatest strengths as you figure out how to handle what’s in your path.

Perhaps you’re more creative than you realized when you did your brainstorming activity. Maybe you find out just how reliable a network you have who have rallied around to support and help you. You may have had to make some cold calls or contact people you were putting off (because it was a job you thought you wouldn’t enjoy) but having done it you realise you have a real flare for it.

Change can really bring out the best in us.

Become More Resilient

Another quality you may not have realized you possessed is resiliency. A resilient person gets back up when life knocks them down. Often, we have no choice but to keep going and not give up. Adversity can truly show you your potential to bounce back.

Resilience is much bigger than just a paragraph in a blog post but it’s truly something that most small business owners will have even if up to this point its been an untapped resource. When we recognise it exists in almost every business owner then we can really start to build our courage, as we know that our resilience will allow us to become braver and face almost anything business and life throws our way.

Learn Something New

There are times in which change requires you to learn something completely new to you. This type of personal development is invaluable. Gaining new skills or discovering unknown personality traits is always welcome. If you know our story then you will not be surprised to know it was during a particularly tough time in business in the early 2000’s that due to a change ie the recession we had to learn how to market more effectively. This skill lead us onto our onlinevisibilityacademy.com business and more recently the launch of the Dojo club. At the time it seemed like a real uphill battle, but we will forever be grateful that the tough times made us realise we were pretty good at marketing small businesses, and that opened up new opportunities for us.

Gain Self-Confidence

All of the above are byproducts of change that can lead to a tremendous boost in self-confidence for you. When you handle a big change like a boss, you can’t help but feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. Discovering just how strong, resilient, smart, innovative and creative you can be brings with it a tremendous feeling of achievement like no other.

Change Direction

Finally, change sometimes requires us to completely change direction… There are some business events that are so big that they will never leave you the same. And that can be okay. In fact, it can be absolutely amazing in some cases. When something happens that causes you to do a complete turnaround without your consent, it can leave you feeling powerless. Turn that feeling around by considering the ways you can adapt to this and make it work to your advantage.

Unexpected change is often the kick in the backside we actually needed to move to the next stage of business.

Going back to my story, if it hadn’t been for my ruptured appendix I may still be running a transport business instead of running the Dojo Club and the Online visibility Academy which we love and enjoy doing.

While all of these things may not apply to your situation, I hope you can at least see what reframing the idea of change can do for your outlook. By altering the way you look at your circumstances, you can move forward in a more positive way.

To Your Success

Kevin

P.S If you’d like to be surrounded by people who will help you transition the changes check out the Business Success Dojo.

About the Author Kevin Arrow

I help individuals and small business owners through my virtual, business-focused monthly clubs. The clubs have 3 levels - Team Spirit, Junior Coach & Sensei levels. All involve regular training, support and the opportunity to bring your business problems to the mat, and get the answers you want.

  • I love this Kevin! Such a great trail of thought … so many things to think of and how things were when they started and now where I am. Wow 16 years in business! You’ve sure come a long way … I’m 9 years in business puh! Thank you for all the inspiration and wisdom – it’s always so encouraging when you know you’re not alone on this journey to building your entrepreneurial empire 🙂

    • Well said! We’re really not alone, even when we might feel like it!

      • Kevin Arrow says:

        True Alice, of course there are times but finding our way back to ‘our place’ always reminds us there are people out there for us

    • Kevin Arrow says:

      Hi Sashka, thank you so much for the comment, 16 years and it’s flown by and I’m more excited by business than ever before. We aren’t alone on this path and if you ever feel that way you need to find your people they are definitely out there, it’s much more fun together than alone 🙂

  • Running your own business is certainly not a bed of roses, but once you’ve got the taste for it, there is no going back. I’m not surprised you’ve been your own boss for 16 years, Kevin, and even though this may not sound very nice, but having that ruptured appendix was probably a good thing in the long run.

  • I totally agree Kevin that some of lifes and business challenges make our future business stronger.

    Over my 15 years in business, whilst there’s been many downs, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now (and loving my business more than ever), without them. I think it’s how we deal with the challenges we face that make us more resilient as business owners.

    And yes, the right support around you is crucial so you have a place to shout & scream, or simply share and celebrate. All are equally important.

    • Kevin Arrow says:

      The support is critical and because we are the ‘boss’ it can be pretty isolating at times if we don’t find our people

  • Great article Kevin! I agree with you 100%. I have owned my business for 38 years and have been through 5 recessions and many ups and downs over the decades. It just comes with the territory, I have learned.

    • Kevin Arrow says:

      Hi Dan, thanks for your comment, 38 years…wow you must have seen some changes in that time

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