The ups and downs of being an entrepreneur

Welcome to the latest episode of The Simply Smart Business Show. In this show I’ll be talking about the peaks and pitfalls associated with paving your own way as entrepreneur.

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The path of an entrepreneur is never a straight one.

When we set up our businesses we envisage a lovely, steady experience, that goes up and up as we grow. Sadly, this is rarely the case.

There will be days when we’re on top of the world, nailing it in every direction. There will be days when we feel like a helpless failure. That’s completely natural.

I don’t want anyone to ever think that struggling is a sign that they should abandon their vision. We all go through this stuff.

I have what I call a “slump toolkit” – it’s a little stash of things that help pep me up, and tackle what’s going on, whenever I can tell I’m heading for a “down” period. I encourage you to create your own slump toolkit, or play around with mine:

Take yourself away

I have a lovely home office, but if you’re working in the same place, day in, day out, it can start to feel a bit stagnant. When this happens, I’ll take my dogs for a walk, or take my laptop to my local gym (which has a lovely spa attached).


If you’re overwhelmed by all the things on your list, give it a good spring clean. Get rid of the stuff you don’t actually need to do, delegate the stuff you don’t want to do, and postpone the stuff that isn’t urgent.

Work on healthy habits

Healthy eating is really important. When your business depends on you, your physical health has to become a priority. Eating more fresh fruit and vegetables, increasing your proteins, and drinking more water can really help kick you out of that slump. I’ve also found that magnesium supplements has really helped me focus.

Exercise also really helps to improve your mood, even if it’s just a 30 minute walk.

Recognise your triggers

Paying attention to those things that make you feel bad can help you figure out how to bring more balance into your life. Don’t be tempted to run away from these things. Instead, explore why you’re feeling that way, so you can deal with the core issue head on – I like to use EFT tapping for this.


I’ve spoken about my mindfulness practice before, but I like to start my day by listing out all the things I’m grateful for, and all the things I need to forgive. I also like to spend some time doing some free journaling – that really helps motivate me.

These are just a few of the tricks I bring out of my toolkit whenever I feel like things aren’t going my way. Try them, test them out, and figure out what works for you.

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