Once the euphoria of starting your online part time job wears off, you may have difficulty staying motivated. The reasons are many, but the fact of the matter is that running an online business is hard work. Making it even more difficult is that success often takes years to achieve, and if you’re not prepared for that, it’s all too easy to give up before you see results. After all, it is frustrating to work on something where the results aren’t anywhere equal to the effort you are putting in.
So how do keep yourself from quitting when your project is moving slow and you aren’t seeing the results you desire? Here are 5 ways to stay motivated when the going gets tough:
Take things one day at a time. Don’t become overwhelmed with hopelessness.
Starting a part time online business is exciting. It’s fun to plan it all out and make lists of the things that you need to do. But as it often happens, you will quickly realize how much work it actually is once you get started. Things will take longer than you expect, and your dreams may be crushed by the sight of your dreams being pushed further out of reach. But you have to remember – it’s impossible to reach lofty goals overnight, and you’ll never get there if you don’t grind it out day after day. Focus on the smaller day-to-day tasks instead of the larger end goal. You’ll get there eventually!
Do at least one thing a day that will benefit your online job
Let’s face it – sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do what we need to do. If you are feeling the pressure to work on your online job, but there just isn’t enough time to do it, you may feel unmotivated to do anything at all. By doing at least one thing a day that will help you reach your goal, you can actually raise your confidence by knowing that you are still making an effort to succeed. This, in turn, will motivate you to do more.
Get inspired by others who have succeeded with their own online part time job
One of the best ways to get motivated is to read about others just like you have already succeeded. Have you heard about the 23 year old blogger who flies around the world in first class for a living? Or what about the unemployed architect who now makes $50k a month blogging?
The internet is a powerful tool and we are living in a golden age where everyone has an equal chance at success. If they can do it, so can you!
Remember why you are doing it
There was a reason why you decided to start your online part time job. If you aren’t feeling motivated to work on it, ask yourself if that reason still exists. Most people decide to run their own business because they hate their day job and want to become financially independent. If that’s the case, imagine yourself working a job you hate for the rest of your life. Then imagine working for yourself doing what you love to do. That alone should be all the motivation you need to get to work.
Imagine how successful you’d be by now if you started your online job 5 years ago
A successful online business takes time to achieve, and in the beginning, the hours may be long and unrewarding. You may have to wait a long time for success, just as 99% of other successful business owners had to endure. But the good news is that the sooner you get started, the sooner you will be successful. If you spent the last five years working your tail off to build your business, just think about where you would be today? Quit putting it off and get to work! You will thank yourself later.
Remember: Rome wasn’t built in a day. Chances are that if you ask any successful business owner how long it took to achieve success, the most common word you’ll hear is “years”. Nobody is immune to that, and it’s just one of the things you have to accept if you want to run your own business part time.