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Oct
23

Run Your Business: Don’t Let it Run You

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How many of you have had times when it begins to feel like your business is beginning to run you rather than you running your business?

There have been times when I find myself stressing that I have all this work to do  and I feel like I am not getting it done as fast as I would like to. I feel driven by the deadlines of clients rather than pacing myself out.

Or there are days with lots of interruptions from children, unexpected clients and the telephone. I have to guard against frustration because I tend to judge my day by how much work I am able to get done which translates into how much income I produce.

Let’s look at these situations in light of my vision (For more on having a vision for your business)

  • Feeling pressured by clients. I find it is good to have a healthy amount of pressure because it helps me to get a task accomplished. However, when I begin to feel overstressed I ask why am I feeling this way? Most of the time I realize that I am trying to please man rather than God. I have put myself in the place of saving everyone’s last minute needs because of lack of planning on their part. Or because I underestimated the amount of time it would take to complete a task.

If I gauge this situation by my vision for the business I realize that my desire to work from home was to have an income and be able to be a mom. I intended for my business to work for me not the other way around. Refocusing on my vision gives the courage to step back and evaluate my deadlines. Sometimes I may have to call a client to tell them it is taking longer than expected.

  • The days of interruption: These can be such a frustration because I start the day with an expectation of what I want to accomplish. When it is my children continually interrupting I find that I end up cross and grouchy. And again the question arises why am I doing this? Is it business first and mom second or the other way around? I am reminded that it was my intent to have my children come first. Some days they are needier than others, on those days I may not get as much work done but I have the opportunity to be the mom I want to be.

At times the interruptions are clients or friends who just need to talk. I tend to be task focused and can overlook these as opportunities to love on other people. One of the visions for being in business is that it would be a testimony to the non-Christian world. In order to do this I have to set aside my agenda at times and just listen.

Steve Levine, Executive Publisher of Small Business Today Magazine, wrote in his March 2015 publisher’s column “Most of us started our business because we wanted the business to work for us versus the other way around. We started that business with a dream and a belief that our business could get us to that dream as we serve others. “ (www.sbtmagazine.net)

When it seems your business is running you rather than you running your business step back and think of your vision.

  • How did you want your business to work for you?
  • What goals were you trying to accomplish when you started?
  • Does the way you are running your business today help you accomplish those goals or do you need to refocus?

As you refocus “commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this;” (Psalm 37:5)

Lord, when I started this business my desire was that it ___________________. I commit this desire and goal to You, trusting that you can bring it to pass. Keep me focused on the vision. Amen.

 

About the Author: Naomi Fata is a small business owner, operating a sewing business, Love Stitches by Naomi, out of her home. She is passionate about encouraging other moms who are looking for home based employment. Naomi is also the author of Beyond Head Knowledge; Knowing Christ who Satisfies our Hearts. In all things, whether through writing, business or homemaking, her vision is that God’s love would shine through. She is married with three children, and will begin her homeschooling journey in the fall of 2015 as her oldest begins kindergarten. You can connect with Naomi at her blog, facebook, andtwitter.

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