Life as an entrepreneur can be incredibly exhausting.
Life as an entrepreneur can be incredibly exhausting. It is easy to get frustrated at obstacles that suddenly appear, especially right now during the pandemic and its related restrictions on businesses. If you live in Southern Ontario, then you already know that there is yet another lockdown where the majority of businesses have been forced to close their doors. Tensions are running high and nerves are near their breaking point as the third shutdown is now in full effect.
How can entrepreneurs keep it together and get through these challenging times? Having a strong support system is the most valuable asset you can have right now.
Entrepreneurs running their own businesses run on human connection just as much as anyone else. If anything, they may need it even more sometimes. Networking and making supportive connections with others is a major component of any solid business strategy, as well as a sane mind.
Even if face-to-face meetings are not always possible right now, getting your support system in place will help your mental health sound. Your support system can be anyone who you feel can be a positive influence on you. Friends, family members, other entrepreneurs, and even online communities on social networks like Clubhouse can make these challenging times easier to get through.
The light at the end of this tunnel may be faint, but it is there. Even if you believe it’s hard to tell whether your business will survive yet another shutdown, you can look to your support system for guidance, encouragement, opportunities. We are naturally social beings who are living in a highly connected world. Collaborative networks have only become more essential over time, even if they have changed in their form.
Pandemic or not, there has never been an entrepreneur who was able to succeed without having support of some kind. Find people who will be able to challenge your limiting beliefs, acknowledge your fears, have compassion for you, and lift you up to become a confident solutions-oriented entrepreneur who can get through these times. If one door closes, another one opens up. Find those mentors, friends, clients, and loved ones who can help you weather the storm and come out on top on the other side of it.