It happens to us all. You’re cruising along happily in your business and then you hit a wall.
Your productivity and motivation disappear.
Your income slows down. Or, even worse, comes to a complete standstill.
Things just don’t feel like they’re working any more. It’s a horrible feeling as a business owner – you’re not sure whether it’s time to throw the towel in or it’s just a bit of a business funk.
I’ll tell you now, that more often than not, you’re just in a bit of a business funk and it will pass. Your funk might just last for a couple of hours but it might last weeks or even months.
So, you know you need to break your business out of a funk but how? Don’t worry, this post is going to outline all of the ways you can tackle that business funk and your biz moving forwards again.
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Review Your Goals and Your “Why”
A great place to start when you’re trying to break your business out of a funk is to go back to the roots. Think about why you started your biz in the first place.
Taking a step away from the day-to-day tasks and the immediate hurdles that you might be facing in your business at the moment and looking at the bigger picture can be really helpful.
If you don’t have a “why” or any big-picture goals, then now is the time to get them in place. Chances are that you do actually have them, but you’ve never sat down and thought about them as your official business goals! Whether you’re starting out from scratch, or just feel like revisiting and updating your goals, check out this post all about how to set business goals the right way.
By going back to the “why”, you’re refocusing your mind on the end goal which should give you a new lease of business life and a renewed sense of determination.
Take Some Time Off
I don’t know about you, but some of my best ideas come to me when I’m not working. Whether it’s in the shower or when you’re stuck in traffic on the way home from Ikea, inspiration strikes us when we’re least expecting it.
Not only is taking time off from your business good for new ideas but actually taking a step away from your business and switching off from it completely is great for your mental health. We spend far too long staring at screens or pouring over our latest creations.
We rarely take time off.
I know for a fact that I never, ever switch off from work. Even if I’ve turned my laptop off for the day and we’ve put a film on, I’m still checking emails on my phone or scrolling through social media and “networking” with other business owners. I just don’t stop!
And I know it’s really bad for me – it’s often the cause of my business slumps.
If you work too hard, you will get burnt out. So taking some time off from work completely will help you get some well-deserved rest. Try and leave the stresses of work behind; even if it’s only for a couple of hours. You can always build up to eventually taking a full day or even a week off!
Have a Business Retreat
Working “in” your business is very different to working “on” your business. And, if you’re trying to break your business out of a funk, there’s nothing better than taking some time to work “on” your business.
Working in your business is all about doing the tasks that make the business function and bring in money. Working on your business is all about strategising and putting in systems that help you work in your business efficiently.
But it’s hard to work on your business when all of your time is spent working in it – completing client work, creating new products…basically doing the things that make you money. And then of course, once that’s all done, you want to take some “time off”. Time to keep your house clean, time to eat and time to watch Netflix.
That’s why a retreat is great. It can be as simple as setting aside a day to work in your home office or local cafe and focusing on those systems and cleaning up your business functions (like finally getting round to organising your inboxes!) If you’re looking for something a little more heavy-duty, why not book yourself an AirBnB for the weekend (or week), pop your out of office on and really get into things.
If a retreat is out of the question for you or you want to find more time to work on your business and not just in it on a regular basis, check out this awesome post from Nesha Woolery.
Chat to Other Business Owners
I will bet all of the hazelnut lattes in the world that you are not the only business owner who’s trying to break your business out of funk right now.
Every single day there will be thousands of entrepreneurs and business mums just sitting there at a complete standstill in their business wondering what the hell to do!
So why not reach out to them and chat about what’s holding you back at the moment. It doesn’t matter if they’re in a slump at the moment or not, chatting with other business owners is always inspiring and might be just what you need to get back on the horse and get your business out of a funk!
Facebook groups are a great place to meet other business owners. There are groups for business mums, businesses in your local area or businesses in the same niche as you – whatever your criteria, there will be a group for it. Why not check out the Flourishing Business Mum’s Facebook Group and grab a copy of my list of 201 Facebook Groups for Bloggers and Entrepreneurs to get you started?
Learn Something New
Depending on what kind of funk you’re in, you might want to learn something new that’s biz related – or maybe not!
I often find that when I need to get my biz out of a funk, I focus on one area of it that I know I need to improve and set about teaching myself how to do that. For example, I know that my email funnels could be much, much better which, in turn, would help boost my revenue. So, if I’m feeling stuck in my biz, I look for blog posts or courses etc. to help me build better funnels.
This links back to working on your biz rather than in it because you’re still doing something to build and improve your business but you’re not getting bogged down in the things that are frustrating you at the moment.
Alternatively, why not take a complete break from your business and learn something new that you’ve always fancied but never tried. It might sound weird but when you need to break your business out of a funk, focusing your mind on something completely different and entirely capativating can help massively.
If you’re a creative like me, it’s no use trying to switch off from work by watching a film or going to dinner. Your brain will still be running a million miles an hour, thinking about your biz. BUT, if you’re learning something new, that big ‘ol brain is so focused on absorbing that new information that you forget about those business frustrations. When you do eventually go back to working in or on your business, your mind will have had a well-earned break and your focused and clarity should be much better!
Try Something New
If you really, really, really feel stuck and can’t possibly see a way to break your business out of a funk, maybe it’s time to mix things up a little.
In my mind, being in a funk and quitting are a long way apart and there are a lot of steps and possibilities in between.
So, before you give up, take a look at those goals and your overall “why” and rethink things. Are there things in your business that just aren’t working? Are there parts of your business that just aren’t bringing an ROI (return on investment)? Or are there things that you’ve wanted to try for a long time but never had the chance to?
Sometimes, trying something new in your business gives you a new sense of purpose, determination and enthusiasm for what you do.
The only thing I will add to this one is a word of warning – think carefully about any big changes you might want to make. Whilst adding a couple of new products to your line is a fairly minor adjustment, having a total rebrand and targeting an entirely new market is likely to slow business way down in the short term.
Believe in Yourself
One of the biggest walls I hit with my businesses comes down to self-doubt and the downward spiral that ensues!
Sometimes I find myself doubting my products and services so much that I don’t promote them. I think I’ll improve them (and myself) before I start promoting and showcasing what I have to offer again. Then, because I’m not promoting, business slows down a little which only makes me doubt myself more. And so on.
I know I’m not alone in this and that means neither are you!
Getting out of this mindset can often help you break your business out of a funk but the big question here is how to break yourself out of that mindset and break free from the cycle. For me, the answer is to keep pushing through regardless – that’s just the best method I have found to work for me personally.
For other people, it’s about looking back at what has worked well and really celebrating those achievements. Other people invest in a coach to help them through. It all comes down to trying different tactics and finding what works for you.
So there you have seven ways to break your business out of a funk.
Is there anything I missed off the list? Let me know what works for you when you need to get out of a business funk.