When you’re freelancing or running a small business, finding your drive and staying motivated is something that comes and goes. The start-up grind is tough, and every solopreneur knows that the days are long and the to-do list is even longer.

The secret to staying motivated in business is to have a plan. That, and setting goals, making sure you’re living a healthy and balanced lifestyle with plenty of exercise and good brain food, and working in a good working environment.

Success means different things to different people too, but no matter what kind of product you sell, who you work with, or how much money you make, if you’re heading home every day satisfied with the work you’ve put in and you feel good about it, you’re successful.

Here’s how we stay motivated in business…

Set objectives and goals.

Knowing what you’re working towards is a great way to stay motivated. If you’re a visual person, write your goals and objectives out and stick them on the wall. If you’d rather keep things digital, track your progress with analytical data or systems that measure growth. Whatever way works for you to set your objectives and goals – measure them, revisit them, review them, and stick to them. When you’re working for yourself, you have to be accountable to yourself. The buck stops with you when it comes to business, so if you have clear objectives and goals, you can stick to them.

Write a personal mission statement.

Writing a personal mission statement and keeping it on hand will keep you motivated, on track and continually progressing. When you’re living the daily grind as a freelancer, solopreneur or start-up business owner, it’s easy to get bogged down in the ‘day to day’ and lose sight of the bigger picture or your ‘why’. When you have a written a personal mission statement on hand, the tough days become a little easier, because you have a motivational manual to refer back to. Keep it close, either stuck to the wall near your computer, saved as a desktop background, or on your desk in a binder. Whenever you’re feeling flat, out of steam, lacklustre or just not into it, refer back to your personal mission statement and remember why you started. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it, but they’re not – remember that. You got this.

Surround yourself with good vibes.

It might sound simple, but your environment plays a critical role in your business success and your health and wellbeing. Countless small business owners and solopreneurs will vouch for the fact that working from home or working alone can lead to feelings of isolation, depression and anxiety. It’s also proven that working in a co-working space surrounded by like-minded and positive people can improve your productivity, increase the potential for collaboration, excel your success and boost your happiness levels.

If all else fails, step away from the office and walk around the block. Sometimes all it takes it a little fresh air, a new perspective and a few deep breaths to find your motivation again.

Tobi Skovron

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Siddharth Vadasseri
01:56 19 Jul 18
I've had the pleasure of working at Creative Cubes since it opened, and what I've loved most is that it isn't just desk space. Working here feels like being part of something. Every day you're surrounded by people pursuing their own endeavours, but doing it side by side in a community. The space itself is so well thought out and aesthetically pleasing, but beyond the beauty on the surface there is a depth here. The members are fantastic, the founders are involved and accessible, and the 'Happiness Team' provides a quality of customer service like no other co-working space I've been to. AND, it's pet friendly!
Judy Anderson
00:34 17 Jul 18
The 'Happiness Team' is what makes this co-working space stand out for me. I've worked out of several co-working spaces across Australia, Singapore & San Francisco. The customer experience at Creative Cubes is the best I've come across. For example, a happiness team member will physically walk to my desk to let me know when a guest has arrived, because they know I'm not always going to see the email notification. Sometimes they even buy me time if I'm running late! Brilliant.
Kristen Holden
02:32 17 Jul 18
The team at cubes are amazing and the space is modern and funky. They have a great mix of different businesses working in the space so the vibe is top notch as well. Would definitely recommend going down and taking a look for your office space or next event!
Lets Mingle
02:38 29 Jun 18
This is one of the best co-working spaces in Melbourne! Loved my time here. Great vibe, great people and great location. The happiness team go above and beyond to ensure the experience of rocking up to work is an enjoyable one! 5/5 from me!
nicole iglicki
00:26 17 Jul 18
Love this co working space.It offers both independent offices and or communal co-working space which is designed to collaborate with other members. It is decorated perfectly and the internet is fast! The Happiness Team also go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and will meet all your required needs.
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