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Moving House and Small Business Have More in Common Than You Think
The saying goes, “Behind losing a loved one, the most stressful thing in life is moving house.” In the last week, that’s just what I’ve done. It took five days and a lot of late nights, but I got there. So now, surrounded by the last of my boxed worldly possessions I’d like to share with you some lessons I learned in my relocation that applies to the successful running of a small business.
Before my move even got underway, I had lists and plans for how I wanted everything to go. Spending the time on this before I put my first item in a box saved me heartache and time in the long run.
Just like being in business. If you stop and plan your steps ahead of time you go into your project with a clear strategy of what you want to achieve and how you want to achieve it. My mother calls this ‘less haste, more speed’. Your natural instinct might be to dive in head first and figure it out as you go, for real success though; a measured response is often the far superior approach.
Take a break.
Once I got started with the relocation I just wanted to keep going until it was done. However, this attitude in moving and in business will see you burn out before you even begin. Instead, make sure you schedule in ‘downtime’ to catch your breath, rest and recuperate.
It may seem counter-intuitive but taking time out will help your endurance, refresh your brain and allow your body to rejuvenate. Think of your move and your business like a marathon, not a sprint. You want to be around in years to come to service your clients.
Ask and accept help.
My partner and I planned to do our house move on our own, what we needed though was a couple of trusted mates that could help with the heavy lifting.
Business is the same; it’s a team sport. Surround yourself with people you can call on for help when needed, and be humble enough to accept the help when it’s offered.
The caveat to that, of course, is getting the right help. There was no point asking my 80-year-old mum to help with lifting the heavy furniture during the move, and there is no point asking your accountant for help with your communications’ plan.
Keep your sense of humour.
In life, in business, and when moving house, things are bound to go wrong. At best, it at least won’t go to plan. There is no point getting stressed or angry about it. Instead, develop a strategy to realise when you are reaching your wits end so you can walk away, take a few deep breaths and re-evaluate the situation.
Understanding and recognising your triggers in business will save client relationships, family relationships, and your sanity.
Identifying the parallels that exist between your personal life and your business life can assist in integrating lessons across all aspects of your life. Allowing for smoother sailing for everyone involved in all facets of your life.
I learned in my relocation, by adopting a few simple strategies into your business, you will cope with life’s unexpected twists and turns, build your personal resilience and that of your business.
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