Staying Positive When Starting an Online Business – By Dale Ballard

by Colleen on February 6, 2015


Starting an online business is exciting. Like any business, however, staying motivated to keep working towards your goals can be challenging. Planning, executing, testing, refining, etc. when it comes to the tasks you have at hand each day can seem overwhelming at times.feedfront-cover-29-188x240

In addition, when you have others you are depending upon to help you with those tasks, and they let you down by not following through or not providing quality work, your motivation can take a dive. Don’t think this can’t happen to you because it can.

So how do you handle these types of disappointments and other setbacks? Here are some strategies to help you stay positive:

1. Don’t take it personally. Let it go.

When people let you down, understand that it is not because of you. There could be a number of reasons why a person didn’t call you back or didn’t follow through with what they said they were going to do.

Put your best foot forward and give that person an opportunity to explain. If the explanation is reasonable, you can give the person more time to complete the task if you choose. If the explanation was just a poor excuse and/or the work was poorly done, you can cut the cord and move on. Just don’t beat yourself up because of their mistakes or your own mistakes. Learn from them and move forward.

2. Have a positive supporting cast.

Unfortunately, when you share the news with your family and friends that you are starting an online business, sometimes jealousy starts to rear its ugly head. Those people will throw in their two cents to tell you that your idea will not work or otherwise try to pull you down. You will quickly realize who is on your side and who isn’t.

Stay positive and talk with your supporting cast of people who really do have your best interests at heart and want you to succeed. Encourage them to give you honest feedback regarding how you might improve your business.

3. Look back at where you started and appreciate all that you’ve learned and achieved.

Good entrepreneurs are always learning about new strategies, tactics, tools, and technologies that can move their startups forward. Because of this, sometimes we don’t see how far we have already come. When things don’t go your way or you are in a rut, take a moment to reflect on what you have already accomplished and how much you have learned.

Also, take pride that you had the courage to start a business. That’s something no one can take away from you. Don’t ever forget that.

So utilize these tips. They will help you to stay positive when starting an online business.

Dale Ballard is the Founder and CEO of eGlobal Mashup, LLC which owns

This article appeared in issue 29 of FeedFront Magazine, which was published in January 2015.

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