How To Stay Motivated As A Small Business Owner 

Running your own business is anything but an easy feat. There’s so much that you need to manage and look after that it can easily get overwhelming. If you find yourself feeling a bit lost and unmotivated some days, you are not alone. Our guide covers some ways to reignite that spark and help you get your motivation mojo back again.  


Take a break 

Ignoring the signs of stress can cause more damage than you expect, especially when you are your own boss. It’s important to take notice of when you’re starting to feel exhausted and look after your health. 

Maybe it’s time to take that long awaited holiday, have that staycation at home and watch all those films you’ve been meaning to see, or just mixing up the day by stepping away from the screen. Working for yourself is a balancing act, and ensuring you manage your wellbeing before it’s too late is essential.  


Revisit your ‘why’ 

As time gets away from us and we carry on getting the job done, day after day, it is sometimes easy to forget what motivated you to get into business in the first place. Make some time to revisit you ‘why’ and have a think about all the things that got you excited to pursuit your own business. 

Have a look at things like your mission statement, business purpose and values to refuel that fire. Remembering these reasons can help to come up with new ideas and directions for your business. 

Goal setting 

Working with your mission statement, vision and values, you may feel inspired to create some new goals for your business. You need to ensure these goals are achievable and will help your business in the direction that you wish for it in the future.  

Once you have these goals in place, create a bit of a plan. Break it down into how you are going to reach these goals, what milestones need to be reached, what resources are required and a time frame to reach them.  

Having something to strive towards can help  bring back that motivation that may have been lacking, not only for yourself but as the business overall too.  


Motivating ideas 

Setting time aside each day to focus on motivation is an invaluable step you can take to reignite the drive to succeed. Everybody is different and will have their own approach and style but these are some activities and actions you can look at doing to help: 


  • Listening to motivational small business podcasts 
  • Surround your business space with your goals so that they visually in your sights to remind you every day 
  • Make a list of the goals you want to achieve for the day, month, quarter, year 
  • If you find something motivating and inspiring, even a good news story about your business make sure you share it with your team, it helps to build morale 


Rise and shine  

All too often the day can flash by in the blink of an eye, often leaving us thinking, is it really that time of the day already? That’s why it is a good idea to take advantage of the mornings. They are usually quieter and you can really focus on what you want to get done without interruptions.  

Start creating a new routine where you can plan, check to see if you are on track, and tick off that to-do list bit by bit.  


Make health a priority  

You need to be on top of your health game when it comes to running your own business. Making sure that you’re exercising enough, eating well and looking after your mental wellbeing are all vital when it comes to contributing factors to your motivation.  

If you feel like you’re in a bit of a rut why not try: 


  • A new workout, exercise or sport 
  • Get a walking buddy and combine the best of socialising and exercising at once 
  • Start a gratitude journal, making time on a daily basis to focus on the things that make you happy 



Get peace of mind 

Sometimes your motivation can be lost because there’s something else that is taking that space in your mind. Worrying about  the business is an issue for many small business owners. 

While you may not be able to control all the elements, one thing you can do to provide peace of mind is get your insurance sorted. At BizCover, we offer a range of different insurance products for you to consider..  

From accountants to personal trainers, grocery store owners and plumbers, we understand the types of risks different businesses are faced with. Insurance products purchased through BizCover span from the basics like Public Liability and Professional Indemnity to Business Insurance and more.* 

Our online platform takes the drama out of shopping around for your insurances, delivering quotes from selected leading New Zealand insurers in minutes. We don’t believe in making things difficult, so there’s no paperwork required  or messy forms to fill out. Experience insurance made easy today and see how we can help protect your business.  



* This information is a general guide only and does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs.  As with any insurance, cover will be subject to the terms, conditions and exclusions contained in the policy wording. The information contained on this web page is general only and should not be relied upon as advice. 

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