[Guest Blog] Your business and your wellbeing – success starts with You

How do you achieve longevity in your business?

There are many compelling answers to this question.

From my personal perspective, I believe it starts with you – the entrepreneur, the visionary, the leader of your business. Being in it for the long haul requires you to check in with yourself and truly look at your mindset on a daily basis. To understand yourself, your strengths and your purpose on a deep level, so that you embody this each day when making decisions about the progress of your business.

No one can replicate the passion and energy you bring to your business, and taking time to nurture your mindset and embrace the entrepreneur lifestyle with a balanced approach can be the best investment you make.

In the early days of running my company, I assessed the logistics of an international project I was developing down to the very fine detail. Yet, I was not assessing or looking after my wellbeing consistently. This ended up having an impact on my health and I needed to take time out of work to recover – that wasn’t good for my business and it certainly wasn’t good for me!

Over time, I leant how to manage my wellbeing effectively as an entrepreneur and I created Calmer to support entrepreneurs with their mental health and wellbeing, so they can thrive in their business and in life.

Here are some of my key tips for managing your wellbeing as an entrepreneur, on a daily basis.

 

# CALMER TIP 1: Your weekly wellbeing checklist

Ensure that each day you take time to check in with how you’re feeling and acknowledge each of your achievements. It’s easy to get carried away with the daily demands of running a business and it’s important for your wellbeing to reflect on how far you’ve come.

Try writing a list at the end of each week outlining your top accomplishments, however big or small, what you’ve learnt and how you feel as a result. See what steps you’ve taken on your entrepreneurial journey and then what you plan to do the following week. For example:

This week…

  1. I emailed… I learnt… I feel…
  2. I attended… I learnt… I feel…
  3. I sold… I learnt… I feel…
  4. I marketed… I learnt… I feel…

You can adapt these ideas to best suit the nature of your business, and add as many points as you can.

 

# CALMER TIP 2: Your environment

The environment you create for yourself every day is a key contribution to your success. As the saying goes “organised space, organised mind.”

Work towards creating an environment that encourages your personal and professional growth. How can you create an inspiring working space – what colours, objects and quotes do you feel boost your wellbeing while you work?

Who in your trusted network can you reach out to for support when you need it, whether it’s to bounce ideas around, get things off your chest or ask for help with an area of your business? We all need people to champion us, remind us of our achievements and how far we’ve come.

 

# CALMER TIP 3: Your self-belief

Even if it doesn’t feel like it, you are capable of handling whatever comes your way –possibly more than you give yourself credit for. Fear can often stem from convincing yourself that your business idea isn’t going to work out, without evidence to back it up or giving the idea a proper risk assessment.

Once you evaluate the potential outcomes of implementing your idea, consider these questions:

  • What is the worst that could happen and how would I handle that?
  • How might I feel if it’s successful and what impact would that have on my life?
  • If it doesn’t take off, how can I pick myself up and try again with a different approach?

I believe we often aren’t aware of how strong we can really be. It’s when we allow ourselves to be open to change that we learn more about who we are – and how resilient we can really be.

When you need a wellbeing boost repeat this mantra to yourself over and over again – in the words of the wonderful author Susan Jeffers, say “I can handle it” and then give it all you’ve got.

 

 

 

Female Founders Take Flight

Last Friday we celebrated the final session of our first Female Founders Accelerator!

Hatch programmes have always been very diverse (54% women, as compared to the majority of business incubators and accelerators in the UK that have 10-36%) and it was through this that we became aware of the unique challenges that women entrepreneurs face. After listening to over 100 female founders, we designed a programme in partnership with J.P. Morgan, that offers impactful business and leadership skills, whilst addressing the obstacles that women are more likely to experience than their male counterparts.

Response from our cohort, facilitators, coaches, expert speakers and mentors has been far greater than we could have ever imagined!

“I leave every session highly motivated, with new ideas and new ways of looking at my business. I’m very much enjoying the 1 to 1 business coaching, the female entrepreneurs sharing their journeys, and the inspiring women in the group – and we’re having fun!”– Rosie Goode, Founder of Hypnobirthing Works

We are currently recruiting for our next cohort. Read about our Female Founders’ experiences on the programme below, and secure your place on the next FFA today!

Applications close July 14th

Case studies:

Sarah Bennett, Owner of Make Do And Mend

When Sarah joined the Female Founders Accelerator in February 2017 she was struggling with deciding how she wanted to grow her business. During the course she was given the opportunity to relocate to a larger retail space and found the course extremely applicable to her move. Expanding her business alongside the course was helpful, as the workshops addressed the points of transition she was struggling with most. “I gained the confidence to make important business decisions that were coming up at that time.”

Sarah’s coaching allowed her to delve deeper into the topics most important to her and to set up good processes for sustainable growth.

“The FFA really helped me realise what areas of my business needed more attention. It also forced me to take time away from the shop and really look at my business. This was initially quite challenging, but I quickly learned how crucial it is if you want your business to grow. I’ve recently employed someone so I can dedicate time to continuing this practice!”

Debbie Cotti, Founder of Bella Lash Brow

Debbie joined the FFA to gain important business and leadership skills, and to explore the potential to position her business in a different way. As one of the youngest entrepreneurs on the programme, Debbie experienced a great deal of personal growth throughout the course, and discovered how her specific strengths can make her a strong leader.

“For me, the most important thing I’ve learned is the importance of having a great team! When I first started, I felt alone and I put so much pressure on myself to ensure the business succeeded- I felt like I needed to be great at everything. I now know that in the near future I can lead a team to ultimate success with clear direction, empathy and a strong belief in my values.”

Debbie pitched her enterprise at our Beyond Good Business event in May and placed third, going on to present in front of a live audience and winning financial and non-financial prizes!

See the full bios of Cohort 1 here