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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Tesla, 23 May 2006.

  1. Tesla


    Joined: 19 Jan 2003

    Posts: 17,410

    Location: Bristol, UK

    I never thought I would be asking this but then this time 12months ago I didnt think I would be doing what I do now.

    Bascially I run a IT and Home Entertainment business.

    I started last November and every month i was getting busier, turning over more money. My figures seemed to match, if not slightly excel other new businesses I know of.

    Then, since mid-April and all of this month they have been shocking. I have been sticking to the same formula but the work has just not been coming in.

    It's starting to get to me a little bit. I am not a quitter and would never give up. It's the reason I stayed in college, just because I couldn't carry the burden of quitting something.

    I have a brilliant idea, one I think would be in demand and ultimately I would do well from (lets face it thats the point of working and business). Everyone probably thinks they have a great idea though.

    However, my motivation is pretty low at the moment.

    I was thinking of popping round to the Lotus or Audi dealerships, try and spur me on a little. They may think I am a little weird though!

    Does anybody here have any techniques or things they do to give them a boost? (No drugs :p )
  2. Lithium


    Joined: 29 Oct 2002

    Posts: 807

    I usually find getting out of bed and getting dressed does the trick. Sometimes i just wallow around for weeks.
  3. Mellownatts


    Joined: 14 Feb 2006

    Posts: 547

    Location: Leeds, W Yorks.

    Early nights and plenty of ambition.
  4. Dave M


    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,520

    It's summer - IT and home entertainment take a hit - people start going out, spending on holidays.

    When you start getting the dark nights, cold, wet - they'll be back :)
  5. lordrobs


    Joined: 30 Sep 2003

    Posts: 14,822

    Location: Mulbarton, Norwich

    I think the key is to have a goal and stick to trying to achieve it. The new car thing sounds like a good idea but only if its what you really want. Pick what you want, the spec, what age even the colour you want then go for it.

    Without goals I'm absolutly useless. My goal was to buy a house with my gf, which is now on its way to happening. I was also working my bum off to get a promotion and a nice pay rise which I now have and start my new role as of 1st June but now I'm a bit flat again. New job should perk me up though.
  6. Mad old tory


    Joined: 25 May 2003

    Posts: 9,361

    Location: Limehouse

    Agreed. Are you secure at the moment, even with the business not really coming in? You might see things pick up just before the World Cup anyway, so don't worry. It's worked so far and I'm sure things will work out for you mate :)
  7. Oblivious


    Joined: 25 Oct 2003

    Posts: 4,028

    Location: East Midlands

    Doesn't help when the industry you are in is terribly oversubscribed. Especially at the lower end of the market, ie Home/Small business.

    I know this isnt a business thread, however what sets you apart from everyone else? What makes you unique?

    In terms of relaxing, why dont you get a new hobby, or try to get into a regime of going to the gym early every morning, should set you up for the day then.
  8. Adz


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 10,272

    Location: Berkshire

    When I used to do similar work, I found it was cyclical. Some weeks I'd make a relative fortune, others I'd have only a handful of callouts. That's part of running a small business I'm afraid, taking the rough with the smooth.

    I agree about setting goals - decide where you/your business want to be in 12 months, 24 months, 36 months, etc and work towards that.

    Don't be afraid over overcharging btw - you've got a living to make and if you fix their computer/hi-fi/etc then they've got value for money.
  9. Tesla


    Joined: 19 Jan 2003

    Posts: 17,410

    Location: Bristol, UK

    I still live at home so am secure, I pay for all of my own things and other bills, and rent and such but obviously it's less than if I was to have my own house.

    I would like to be consistently earning more before moving out.

    I was wondering if it was seasonal related, but when I worked for a store in sales it went crazy before big sport events.
  10. spirit

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,885

    this is very true..

    for motivation : stuff you want (may not just be material), prior achievements (for me its always prior failures/what people say i can't do that motivates me the most), drive to best best/number 1/whatever
  11. Tesla


    Joined: 19 Jan 2003

    Posts: 17,410

    Location: Bristol, UK

    The IT side of my business I agree, I still get a suprising amount of IT work though. The Home Entertainment stuff I do, I cannot find anybody in my City which also provide this.

    Adz, can we have a chat on MSN?