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4 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Do Daily to Care for Themselves

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Most people who want to become entrepreneurs, choose this career because they think it’s easy and that they won’t have to work under someone. What these people don’t know is that being an entrepreneur is one of the most challenging things to do. Yes, you do enjoy flexibility in it. Yes, you do get to be your own boss but at the same time, if the business falls apart and if something goes wrong, you wouldn’t have anyone else to blame for it but yourself.

The biggest and the only issue with entrepreneurship is that it involves risk. Everyday you wake up, there’s this room for uncertainty and there’s this constant battle that you have to fight. In a nutshell, where there are several pros to being an entrepreneur, there are some cons too and the biggest con is “stress”.

If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you’ll have to pay some serious attention to your health. And here by “health” we are referring to both, your “physical” and “mental” condition. This is because in entrepreneurship, “you” are your business and if you want to achieve goals and become successful at a skyrocketing pace, you’ll have to fuel yourself up first.

Speaking of which, today we are here with some of the most important things that you need to do daily to take care of yourself and of course your business:

1. Get Enough Sleep

One of the most important things to do is to get enough sleep and this rule applies to every single person in the world. People don’t realize that their sleep affects literally every single thing. From their energy levels to their productivity and creativity at work, it all gets affected when you don’t get the proper amount of sleep. Especially as an entrepreneur, your top priority should be to sleep for at least 6 to 8 hours everyday because that’s when your brain will function at its best.

Most entrepreneurs that we know, work even at midnight which is absolutely wrong unless you have something extremely important. The point that we are trying to emphasize here is that “don’t ever sacrifice your sleep for your work” no matter what!

“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.” – Alan Cohen

2. You Deserve A Break

You are running a business all on your own and even if you’ve hired employees, you still can’t go on and on without a break. Humans are programmed this way and their brain and their body gives up at a time when there’s too much stress and pressure around. Now, whenever you think you’ve reached the point where you are about to give up, try taking a break. Believe it or not, this can do wonders for you.

It’s not necessary for you to go to a whole month vacation, in fact, even a one day break every week is more than enough. Because if you think working 7 days a week will bring you closer to your goal then you are wrong. Act and work like you are designed to and don’t exceed your body’s capacity to handle stress.

3. Exercise 

In entrepreneurship, you mostly have to sit in front of your laptop/PC and work constantly. In simpler words, there’s little to no physical activity involved in most businesses which is why taking some time out to exercise is extremely important. It’s not just about being physically fit, in fact, when you workout, your body releases some wonderful chemicals and endorphins that increase your energy levels and improve your mood. We aren’t asking you to workout for 3 to 4 hours everyday, in fact, even if you walk for 40 minutes everyday, that’ll be more than enough!

“Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn

4. Appreciate Yourself 

Celebrate your achievements, even if they are small. Sometimes self-appreciation can motivate you in ways that nothing else can so patting yourself a little on the shoulder and treating yourself is important. In fact, if you’ve got a team working with you, make sure to create a positive work environment and practice corporate gifting. Appreciate those employees that really work hard and gift them something as a token that yes, you do acknowledge their efforts and struggles.

As said earlier, in entrepreneurship, you are your business and if you want your business to grow, you’ll have to take care of yourself first. Prioritize your health, give yourself a break and laugh. Once you start focusing on all of this, we assure you that all of the positivity will start reflecting in your business because that’s where the magic lies.

Usman Ali is a Digital Marketing Expert with experience in Search Engine Optimization and Social Media Optimization. He is currently working at TheDesk – an innovative Co Working space in Islamabad, Pakistan. He is passionate about Digital Marketing and loves to write on various topics and express his thoughts in the form of write-ups. You can find him on LinkedIn.

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Are you completely new to networking?

Then this article is a great place to start. Networking isn’t hard on paper…you go along to online and in-person meetings, make new connections and build relationships, and those relationships lead to more work so you can grow your business! The challenge is that in reality, it isn’t quite so straightforward, as our emotions get involved and make things much tougher.

It’s incredibly common for nerves to creep in and to feel overwhelmed and apprehensive when it comes to networking – even when it isn’t new to you. But how can you become more successful at it, feel less self-conscious, and make networking work for you and your business?

Here’s a few tips to help you embrace every business networking opportunity you get, so you can grow your business and achieve your goals.

Rock up with confidence

If you want to keep those nerves at bay and ooze confidence at networking get-togethers, you’ll need to downplay it rather than seeing it as a big occasion. Try not to put pressure on yourself and see it as a casual meet-up with a bunch of people with similar goals to you. To help you relax in the run-up to the event, be sure to set achievable goals and expectations before you go.

Keep your chin up and your goals in mind – positivity is key. One easy goal for your first networking meeting is very simply to speak to one other person and see where the conversation goes. Introduce yourself and your business, but take the time to listen to their story, too. It’ll only take a few minutes and will be over before you know it, so it’s nothing to fear. You may even enjoy it and want to speak to a few more people, too!

“You can close more business in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you.” – Dale Carnegie

Where to go networking

If you’ve never been networking before, it might not be very easy to find a group – but only because there’s so much choice and you don’t know where to start your search! Groups come in different sizes and styles, so it’s important to find one that suits you and your business. Informal, formal, big, small… the choice is yours.

For your first meeting, start small to ease yourself in – a big group could prove too daunting, and stop you from feeling comfortable enough to get involved. After all, you want to make a strong first impression!

If you’re wondering which group to opt for in the long-term, give a few a go! Get a feel for them, speak to as many people as you can, and see which one suits! You’ll know when a group feels right for you, and you can see where those all-important relationships are most likely to be built. If a group doesn’t feel like the right for you, give a different one a go.

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Once you’ve made relationships with people who you trust, and they’ve had a positive experience working with you, you can even ask for referrals! But don’t rush this, as you don’t want to inadvertently push people away or try and force the relationship along too quickly.

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