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How do you keep motivated on a day where everything just goes wrong?
Thomas Harvey
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September 5, 2014 - 12:02 pm
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Basically had suppliers not deliver, customers complaining, and just general stress of trying to go from nothing with bills to pay. How do you keep going? (this is i think my 3rd week in a row without a day off)

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September 5, 2014 - 1:11 pm
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Hey Thomas,

Ahhh that sucks man. We have all had those days when nothing seems to go right, and trust us it always seems much harder at the beginning when your still waiting for the cash flow to get going properly.

The one thing that has helped me in the past when you get a bit down is to remember the alternative. you started down this route for a good reason. You were fed up of the 9-5, working for someone else, believed you could build something better. This is just a bump on the path to doing what you want. The fact you took that initial leap tells me that you are the kind of person who can make it work.

How many people when you tell them what you do say things like “I wish i could do that” or “I’d love to be my own boss” they most likely have a load of rubbish excuses why they don’t do it, and that’s what sets you apart from the rest. Some people couldn’t do what we do and that’s fine but by taking that first step you have set yourself apart. Usually by remembering what you have left behind is enough to motivate me to keep going and make it work.

Secondly Thomas as you know we strongly believe that you have to work harder than your competition to ensure success. However you do run the risk of hitting burnout with 20 days without a day off. Another thing which both myself and Matt do is when we get close to burnout we walk a way for a day or so. Perhaps take the opportunity this weekend to step back a little, and go and do something you enjoy. You will often find that it helps bring the motivation back but also give you some fresh ideas without actually thinking about it.

You will probably find after a day or two away you will come back raring to go more than ever and the clarity of thought makes dealing with suppliers and those troubling customers a little easier :)

I hope that has helped even a little bit Thomas, but if it hasn’t please let us know and we will find something else to try…don’t feel like your on your own with it though :)

Dave

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Thomas Harvey
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September 5, 2014 - 2:03 pm
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Dave Furness said

Hey Thomas,
Ahhh that sucks man. We have all had those days when nothing seems to go right, and trust us it always seems much harder at the beginning when your still waiting for the cash flow to get going properly.
The one thing that has helped me in the past when you get a bit down is to remember the alternative. you started down this route for a good reason. You were fed up of the 9-5, working for someone else, believed you could build something better. This is just a bump on the path to doing what you want. The fact you took that initial leap tells me that you are the kind of person who can make it work.
How many people when you tell them what you do say things like “I wish i could do that” or “I’d love to be my own boss” they most likely have a load of rubbish excuses why they don’t do it, and that’s what sets you apart from the rest. Some people couldn’t do what we do and that’s fine but by taking that first step you have set yourself apart. Usually by remembering what you have left behind is enough to motivate me to keep going and make it work.
Secondly Thomas as you know we strongly believe that you have to work harder than your competition to ensure success. However you do run the risk of hitting burnout with 20 days without a day off. Another thing which both myself and Matt do is when we get close to burnout we walk a way for a day or so. Perhaps take the opportunity this weekend to step back a little, and go and do something you enjoy. You will often find that it helps bring the motivation back but also give you some fresh ideas without actually thinking about it.
You will probably find after a day or two away you will come back raring to go more than ever and the clarity of thought makes dealing with suppliers and those troubling customers a little easier :)
I hope that has helped even a little bit Thomas, but if it hasn’t please let us know and we will find something else to try…don’t feel like your on your own with it though :)
Dave

Dave i really appreciate the response, especially in that much detail! Bit of a background as to how i got into the situation that i’m in today.

I’m 20 years old (birthday was on the 2nd) and had left college during my first year to do an apprenticeship, i loved it and worked every day 9-5 without lunch break (eating and working) for £100 a week and did everything to the best of my ability. At the end of my first year, they offered me a job just doing everything that i had been doing under my apprenticeship (everything websitey, sending goods, etc) and was on a decent salary. The company unfortunately closed in July so i became unemployed. Throughout the time there i formed a business partnership with my boss and we started selling a variety of goods/services. So when the company shut it only made sense to keep that going and try make something of it. I spent all of July learning Magento/M2epro/ebay etc, then on the 1st of August we started up selling. Since that date we have had 361 orders, however a lot were all breaking even (AA batteries). We’ve made enough to pay for our rent but i’m at a point financially where i can’t afford anything, i’ve had to cancel even the small things like Netflix and Spotify just so that i have enough to get in to work.

I’m not afraid of hard work, infact i much prefer it. I love when i go in and i can go from 8 in the morning to 8 at night and question at the end of the day where the time has gone because i’ve done so much. I’ve got high hopes for the future, but when you just get a day where everything goes wrong and you can work all day and you still don’t have that £50 in your pocket that i could’ve gotten working at Tesco or McDonalds, it’s just so demotivating.

I’ve even tried domain sales, i’ve managed to get some domains like gym-clothing.co.uk, pc-monitors.co.uk, tennis-rackets.co.uk, childrens-shoes.co.uk. Just haven’t had the time to go out there and sell them, i don’t even know what they would sell for, i got a template off the internet and just put £999 on our site whilst i was waiting for appraisals from a few people on LinkedIn (who haven’t even replied)

I don’t really know where all this is going, i suppose it is just a way of me venting all my frustrations, should really start blogging these (that’s why i bought to domain projectlife.co.uk!)

Tom

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September 5, 2014 - 4:26 pm
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Hey Tom,

Happy Birthday for a few days ago sir, it’s so refreshing to hear this and know that i’m not alone in this crazy endeavour :)

I am going to assume two things and please correct me if I am wrong. Like myself you don’t have a mortgage or children which bring a huge amount of financial pressure. If this is the case then you have the perfect timing to do what you are doing…outgoings only get higher from where we are.

I know how hard it is to start with, when starting UnderstandingE I left a good thing I had going with consultancy work I was making more money than I had before however I knew it was always going to have limited scope. So when I started UnderstandingE I took a huge risk knowing for months I would be making absolutely nothing whilst we built it. Times got hard and I used to lay awake at night wondering what happened if I ran out of money.

The reality wasn’t that scary…often the worst things that can happen aren’t as bad as you first think. Luckily I had a great support network who were always offering to help where they could throughout the process…including Matt…he was fantastic, as was my longtime girlfriend and family.

And worst case scenario, you have to get a job to bring some money in and work on the online stuff in the evenings and weekends…yea it may take slower to grow but you can still do it.

Just don’t give up on the dream and don’t be afraid to accept support. We have a Podcast coming out soon on that very topic of support and how me and Matt have both relied hugely on different types of support from those around us.

Have an awesome weekend Tom!

Dave

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