To anyone who wants to give up,
Giving up is easier than sticking to anything. I have given up on so many things in life because it was easy to give up. Starting out a new business or blog is very exciting for the first three weeks. After a while, reality sets in and you come to see that there are two sides to the coin.
You realize that getting traffic and monetizing your blog is not as easy as they make it seem, so you give up on trying.
Everyone has bills to pay, mouth to feed and numerous expenses to cover. It is safe to say that lack of money is one of the reasons people quit on their business.
I have owned four blogs before Weird Hacks. I deleted two ( which were hosted on Blogspot), and I let the other two expire.
If you are considering quitting your small business or blog, then here are a few things you should do instead
1) write down your WHY
Why do you want to quit? Why do you want to throw in the towel?
Be honest with yourself and spell it out correctly. To solve a problem, you must admit you have a problem.
Most blog owners decide to quit for the following reasons
Not Making money from their blog
Not getting traffic
Not feeling motivated
Not getting people to subscribe to their newsletters
Whatsoever your reasons are, I want you to write it down now.
2) Go back to your initial Why
Why did you start a blog? Why did you pay for that hosting? Why did you start writing a post?
It is easy to lose focus on the initial reason why we began something.
3) Talk to someone
I get it; you are discouraged, overwhelmed and feel like you are walking on thin ice. It is easy to get through this phase if you have someone to pull you up.
Connect with other entrepreneurs, people and bloggers in your niche. Come out from that solitary confinement and enjoy the company of individuals who are succeeding. You are not an island, and you can’t do it alone.
If you do not have anyone to talk to, then join a support group on Facebook. Don’t know which group to join, then check out this list of 10 support groups on Facebook to join.
4) Prepare yourself
Do you want to quit because you are overwhelmed and not making enough money? If yes, quitting is not the answer to your problem. What you need is just a change in equipment.
Blogging is not a day’s job. You have to create a lead magnet, create autoresponders, design graphics, repin contents, comment on another blog, apply for guest posting opportunities, design e-books and launch a product. All these can get overwhelming for you, especially, if you want to do it all yourself. Once you are overwhelmed and discouraged, you start looking for an exit route– quitting.
Rather than quit, prepare yourself by getting help and delegating duties. If you are already making money from your blog/business, why quit when you can just scale things up?
Don’t do it all, get help. Hire a virtual assistant to carry out certain duties and use proper marketing tools to automate the process for you.
5) Change your mentality and practice gratitude
Stop focusing on all the wrong things and start seeing the good side. Your problems wouldn’t vanish by being nervous & anxious.
If you look hard enough, you will see the good side to things. You need a positive mindset to get up when you fall
6) Find a belayer
A belayer is a person who controls the safety rope for a climber. Who is your belayer? Who is the person that keeps cheering you on? Who advises you when things go wrong? Who tells you what next to do?
If you do not have one, get one now. A belayer can be your sibling, your parent or someone who has journeyed the same path you have.
7) Remember you are not alone
You are not a failure for having the desire to give up. Most of the successful people you admire today probably wanted to give up when things got tough.
We all have reasons for wanting to give up on things we start: businesses, relationships and life in general. Some times, a little more faith in yourself and persistence is all you need to shoot us up onto the stars.
Have you ever felt like giving up on anything? Do let me know in the comment box below.