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Business Not Making You Happy? Here’s Why and What To Do

So, you started a business and you thought it was going to be the answer to all of your prayers. You imagined yourself working whenever you wanted with a great team of people, the money rolling in, happy customers, and a huge smile on your own face 24/7. Many entrepreneurs have this image in their minds, and are perturbed to realise that it isn’t always the case. Starting a business is a huge change and takes a giant leap of faith at times, so when you find yourself not feeling happy after a while, you can feel a little lost and confused. Just what are you supposed to do now?

Below, we’ll go through a few of the reasons you might not be happy, and what you can do about them. Read on to learn more…

1. You Thought Business Success Would Equal Fulfillment

Sure, a business can definitely be rewarding, but it doesn’t necessarily mean your life is going to be feel complete and you’re going to be fulfilled from this moment on. Business success can feel amazing, but really, it’s fleeting in the long term. Those feelings of success aren’t going to last forever, even if you continue to be a successful business owner. Expecting them to be the answer to all of your problems is a huge mistake.

It’s important that you realize true fulfillment is going to come from outside of your business, too. Focus on building great relationships and connections with your friends and family. Aim to add real value to others and change their lives for the better, even if it’s not through your business. We’ll go into these things in more detail later on.

Perhaps you feel like your business needs a change, or a shake up. It’s important to remain flexible so you can roll with the times and make changes as you spot changes in the market or industry. Is your business still in alignment with your values and beliefs, or have you sacrificed those a little?

2. You Need To Experience More

Perhaps you’re working so hard on your business that you’re coming close to burn out. Maybe you’re spending more hours working than you would have in a regular job. At the beginning, that is to be expected. A lot of hard work usually need to go into starting a business. However, once you’re business is up and running and you have a great team, you can usually afford to take a little time off.

Maybe you could work half days, have an extra day off each week, or take yourself on holiday. Working yourself into the ground isn’t going to make you happy; enjoying the fruits of your labor by experiencing more stuff is. Think of the reasons you started your business – one reason was likely wanting more freedom. Make sure you make the most of that freedom when you can.

3. You’re Not Expanding

Maybe you’re taking the money you’re earning and rather than putting it back into your business, you’re spending it on flashy things. If you have your finances under control, buying the odd luxury is fine – but it shouldn’t be all you are focused on. Buying lots of sports cars, fancy equipment, and other expensive items can get tiresome after a while.

Putting money back into your business and investing in things like marketing and training, as well as other things that can help you grow is imperative.

4. You’re More Focused On Money Than Time

Think about what you’re focused on most of the time. Are you focused on gaining more money, or more time? If it’s the former, then it’s no wonder you’re not feeling great! Most people spend their lives swapping their time for money, when if you think about it, this is a pretty backwards thing to do. Time is one of the most valuable things we have, and it’s not like we can buy it back! Working on ways to get back some time while still earning money could potentially make you much, much happier. You can get time back by outsourcing various processes within your company, or even investing in software that can help you, such as making tax digital software. Apps, software, automation, and freelancers are all fantastic tools for getting some of your time back.  

5. You’re Experiencing Material Over Saturation

When you’ve got some money to spend from your business successes, it can be tempting to treat yourself to luxuries. Fancy food, amazing clothes, jewellry, wine…it can all be nice – from time to time. Exposing yourself to these things constantly will diminish their impact. By exposing yourself to these things all of the time, you could actually be stopping yourself from feeling any happier.

6. You’re Investing In Yourself But Not Others

Investing in yourself is great, and not something that many people see as a priority. If you’re regularly investing in yourself and trying to improve, you should give yourself a pat on the back. However, investing in yourself too much, rather than other people, can be a quick way to dull your sparkle. Studies actually suggest that focusing on helping others to feel happier first, can make you happier in the process. Donating money to charity and other options are great, but the real joy actually comes from seeing your investments at work. Why not invest in some charitable organizations that allow donors to see where their money goes in real time? Why not invest more in your staff, training and team building, and even treating them to lunch and other bonuses? Use your money and success to make others happy, and you’ll start to feel happier too.

7. You’re Not Confiding in Those Around You

Many business owners credit their family and friends for helping them to stay sane as they run their business. Being a business owner comes with experiencing a myriad of emotions on a daily basis. One minute you’re up, the next you’re down. You can’t really predict it! You can be excited for the future but scared you won’t be able to pay the bills, all at the same time. Admitting to people that you’re scared, or that you need more support will not do you any harm. In fact, it’ll do you good to get things off your chest. You have to remember, that success is not linear. Having some setbacks, even if they are just emotional setbacks, is completely normal and to be expected. You shouldn’t feel sad or embarrassed about it. When you start speaking to the people that you love and trust about what’s going on, you’ll feel much better!

Knowing how to appreciate the non material things in life, and even the smaller things is a great way to become grateful and happier. Enjoying special treats just once in a while means they will pack an even bigger punch.

Things That Can Make You Happier in Business:
  • Building stronger connections
  • Adding more value to the lives of your team/clients
  • Travelling more
  • Going to conferences/workshops
  • Finding ways to free up time
  • Having more fun in the work setting
Things That Can Make You Happier Outside Of Business:
  • Going outside for a while
  • Travelling more
  • Spending more time with the people you love
  • Learning a new hobby
  • Volunteering
  • Speaking to strangers
  • Writing about your experiences
Things To Remember:

Once your basic needs are met, money can only make you happy to a certain extent. Your happiness meter does not go up the more money you have. Happiness that comes with money and material items will eventually fade, especially the more you get used to it. If you don’t become mindful of this, you may constantly look to earn more money and accumulate more things, wondering why those feelings of happiness and fulfillment fade quicker and quicker each time.

Experiences and moments are what matter. They can help us to define our purpose and passion, new perspectives, life lessons, and even more gratitude. The more stuff you have, the more stressed you tend to get. Have you ever noticed that? Accumulating more stuff is downright stressful. You have more stuff to move. More chores to do. More things to worry about getting broken. More of your space being taken up. It’s not actually that fun!

Rather than focusing on making more money and experiencing even more business success, focus on creating amazing experiences within a business setting if you want to feel happier. Do laughing yoga with your team. Take everybody out on a Friday for food and drinks. Give them bonuses for their hard work. Do amazing things for them, nurture their professional growth, and you’ll be able to see the value you’re adding to their lives in real time. Don’t forget your clients – go above and beyond for them. Give them discounts. Send them handwritten thank you notes and free gifts with their orders. These are the things that will make you truly happy!

Are you ready to feel happier inside and outside of business? What changes are you going to make? Leave your thoughts below!

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