As small business owners, you are job creators and economy drivers. Your creativity, grit, and determination have got you this far! But it can be hard to avoid the feeling of burnout from time to time. For that reason, we asked Hello Alice owners for their go-to advice when they need inspiration. Here are the motivational quotes for entrepreneurs they shared to bring fresh, positive energy to your small business.
“The difference between a hobbyist and an entrepreneur is a plan.”
– Emma Mann, Hello Alice owner, Soap Cauldron
It is possible to transition a hobby into a successful business—it’s even recommended by highly successful entrepreneurs. In 2005, Steve Jobs told Stanford’s graduation class, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
But it’s not enough to love it. To Emma’s point, running a business requires commitment, goal setting, and focus—specifically on profit-making.
“Definitely have mentors, but you can’t listen to everyone.”
– Sarah Glass, Hello Alice owner, Sarah Glass Ceramics
You may find that starting a business is accompanied by a lot of unsolicited advice. Choose who you confide in and trust wisely and know who to (kindly) dismiss. Media pioneer Cathy Hughes famously said, “[Don’t] let anyone convince you that your dream, your vision to be an entrepreneur, is something that you shouldn’t do. What often happens is that people who are well meaning, who really care for us, are afraid for us and talk us out of it.” While it’s important to have a support system, it’s also important to listen to your inner voice above all.
“Don’t block your blessings and accept the good things that are going to happen.”
– Terrance Williams, Hello Alice owner, Terrance Williams Designs
As we kick off 2022, the Year of Small Business, stay open to the success coming your way. While the journey of a small business owner can be long and winding, remember to look to those who have conquered the road, celebrate their success, and celebrate your own hard work and perseverance.
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