Top 5 challenges of entrepreneurs and how to overcome them
As rewarding as it may be, you know entrepreneurship has its share of challenges. While these challenges may come and go, the last few years have been particularly stressful for many business owners. However, entrepreneurs are an innovative – and resilient – bunch, and channeling those characteristics can help you overcome many challenges.
Here are some of the top challenges entrepreneurs are facing now, and how they can be overcome.
1. Mental health and small business owners
Going to work for yourself can be overwhelming. It’s a commitment not taken lightly. Of course, there’s the financial impact and the risks involved with leaving a steady paycheck, but there’s an even bigger impact often not spoken about – the mental health aspect.
Whether we realize it or not, everything plays a part in our mental well-being. This goes further than simply being happy or sad day to day, but more how deeply people, situations, events, and more actually alter our mental health.
2. Coping with the unknown
When you began the path to self-employment as an entrepreneur, you were full of hope and positive thinking. You set your goals, your business plan was impeccable, and you lined up funding through loans, grants, or lines of credit. You may have even thought to protect your assets with an insurance policy tailored to your business needs.
What you may not have factored in is that there are many things beyond your control, such as:
- Supply chain issues
- Staffing shortages
As a small business owner, your plate is already overflowing with things to work on, add in any of the above and it can create a bit of uneasiness in planning for the future.
There really is no secret answer to how one can cope with the unknown. If we could figure this out imagine how calm the world would be! However, there are some coping mechanisms you can put into practice in your daily life to help you handle what life throws at you. Consider making a two-column list of the things that are on your mind, and dividing them into things you can and cannot control. Tackle the ones you can control for a sense of accomplishment. Or ask yourself, ‘What’s the worst thing that could happen?’ Once you say it out loud, it often doesn’t seem as scary.
3. Finding time to unwind and relax
Stretch your mind
You’re a business owner, so technically, you probably don’t get much time off. However, that doesn’t mean that you can schedule at least 20 minutes a day to get your mind clear. There are many meditation apps available like Headspace and Calm. These types of apps are built to help us all take care of ourselves. Dedicate a few minutes every day – maybe first thing in the morning or just after you finish work in the evening – to clear your mind and relax. You may find it helps you make better decisions about things affecting your life and your business. In fact, that 20 minutes’ worth of downtime may be just what you need to help you clear your next hurdle.
And your body
Aside from meditation, many people find yoga to be a great help in the arena of mental health. It allows you to stretch your body and free your mind from whatever is weighing it down. Yoga studios can be readily found in most areas; but if you’re unable to leave your location to visit a studio, you can find hundreds of yoga classes online. Look for other small business owners to support – you never know where a connection may lead you – and helping yourself while helping others is such an incredible outcome for all involved.
4. Deciding what’s best for you – and your business
Keep an eye on your business, your finances, and the general direction the economy is moving. These things will help you make better-informed decisions about your business. If you find that certain supplies are becoming harder to find, you may need to find an alternative source, or even change the product. And who knows, the changes you make may end up being an improvement or an addition to your product line. There’s no crystal ball to tell us exactly what the future will hold, but we do have a wealth of information at our fingertips that can guide us in making educated changes to our business – even if it’s just an interim plan.
5. Staying strong, courageous, and determined
When it all comes down to it, you’ve already made the leap to open your business. You have displayed how strong, courageous, and determined you are. Regardless what the unknowns are, you are bound to overcome them as you have three of the most important attributes under your belt. Continue making your business dreams come true by putting the time and effort into your plans. Don’t give up when life gets hard or complicated. Surround yourself with a strong support system that will be there to help you through challenges you might face.
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s how hard small business owners work to protect their dreams, no matter what. It’s also taught us that we really need to make ourselves a number one priority. If we fail to take good care of ourselves – everything around us can unravel pretty fast. Life may not always deal us the hand we’re hoping for, but as long as we keep playing, and we play to win, eventually the tables turn and we’ll find ourselves with the winning hand.
Protect your dreams
Small business owners never give up. It’s one of the most admirable qualities they possess. We encourage courage and making small business dreams come true. And when they do, Hiscox is there to safeguard them against the unexpected. If you haven’t already, get a free quote today and protect all you’ve worked so hard to build.