How to launch a seedling business whilst being kind to yourself

Post by Kathryn Hall for the Kindness in Business series.

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There’s no doubt that starting a business can be a roller coaster ride full of ups and downs. There is so much to learn, figure out, and try that if you’re not careful you can find yourself working crazy hours, earning little money, and putting your work before your health.

However, I believe that rather than being a stressful experience that keeps you awake at night, starting a business should be joyful and fun. It is a chance to learn, to go on a journey of self-discovery, to create freedom for yourself, to find out what you’re truly capable of, and to take hold of the reigns of your life in a way that being in a job will never allow. It can be an enjoyable, beautiful, soulful process – provided of course, that you are kind and gentle with yourself.

To help you on your way I’m sharing with you my top tips for starting a business the tender way. This is about starting something in a way that fits with who you are and which allows you to embrace and delight in every step of the process.


    1. Start a business before you leave a job From my experience, one of the biggest concerns people have when transitioning from job to business is the effect it will have on their finances. Worrying about money is never going to be a good thing. It can raise your stress levels and will often act as a block to your creativity and inspiration.

      My answer to this when starting my own business was to kick-start the process while I was still in a job. There’s no need to let go of a monthly paycheck until you feel confident that enough money is coming in. Yes, it will mean working longer hours initially, but if you make sure you look after yourself during this process, both your bank balance and blood pressure will be immensely grateful.


    1. Work with your strengths not against themWhen I first started a business I found myself attending lots of networking events that were out of my comfort zone but which many business blogs encouraged. The problem was that I rarely got anything out of the events aside from a handful of useless business cards and an afternoon of exhaustion.

      After a while I realized something – large face-to-face networking events were not right for me. I’m an introvert. I love writing not talking, alone time not mingling. Trying to network with a room full of strangers simply didn’t fit with who I am as a person.

      Life is so much easier when you work to with your strengths. These days I just focus on a few marketing strategies that I know I’m good at and which I enjoy. I feel happier working this way and consequently my business is reaping the rewards.

      It’s great to push yourself out of your comfort zone now and again, but if a particular task constantly feels like a battle, consider this – what could you do instead? By finding your flow and working to your natural born strengths, you’re likely to feel much more energized and will have greater success.


    1. Surround yourself with positive energySadly not everyone will necessarily be immediately supportive of your career change. Well meaning friends and family may question your decisions and worry on your behalf, while colleagues may unconsciously share their envy and negative thoughts with you.

      In order to be kind to yourself and successful in business, I’ve found that it’s really important to surround yourself with positivity and encouragement. Finding your support network, reading inspiring blogs, and joining helpful online communities are all ways to give yourself a confidence boost when you need it. Support each other on your journey and the process will be much more fun.


    1. Don’t be afraid to change your mind I’m a big believer in following your heart and doing what feels right. However sometimes we don’t know what that is until we take action. Think of your business as something that will grow and evolve over time. It’s great to have goals to work towards but if things aren’t turning out as expected, don’t be afraid to ditch the plan and try something else. Let your intuition guide you, experiment, try things out, reflect on what’s working, and have fun with it!


  1. Give yourself regular breaks It’s easy to forget that your mind and body are your most important tools. You can soon find yourself working long days with little rest. The consequence? You’ll likely feel bleary eyed, tired and uninspired.

    One of the beauties of being your own boss is the freedom and flexibility you have with your time. However, it’s also really important to set yourself boundaries too. Give yourself days off, maintain a healthy routine, and make sure you don’t neglect your relationships with those you love.

    Taking time off to do other things will help ensure that you have the energy to give your business the best you’ve got and you’ll feel way better for it. It’s a win/win situation all round!

There’s a lot to think about when you start a business, but it needn’t be stressful. Follow your heart, do what feels right and don’t forget the all important self-care. You’ll be well on the way to creating a joyful business in no time.


Kathryn Hall is founder of The Business of Introverts an avid writer and mentor to individuals across the globe who want to live happy, healthy and empowered lives. 
She’s big on helping people to embrace their introversion in all its glory, while creating a life they love. 
You can connect with Kathryn and sign up her for her free guide ‘More Joy, Your Way’ over here.

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