September 12, 2015

How to Be a Happy Entrepreneur

When I first stepped into the land of running my own business, I expected to absolutely love working for myself. And I did for the most part. But after months of working alone in my apartment, I quickly realized being an entrepreneur can be pretty isolating and lonely.

I found myself craving more in-person interactions, and getting stressed out when I had a super chaotic or weirdly open schedule. There were many times, where I was like, “what the heck am I even doing?”

Being the introspective, curious person I am, I set out to discover the keys to feeling better about this new lifestyle so that I could be super productive in my business, while also enjoying it all!

The truth is it’s not only crucial to be smart about how we spend our time as business owners, it’s also essential that we take really good care of ourselves.

Watch today’s video to discover the 3 things I can’t live without in order to be a happy entrepreneur. Afterwards, I’d love to hear from you! Do you have any tips that keep you happy and productive throughout the day? Or are you struggling to find your groove? Please share what’s going on with you in the comments below.


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  • Carley Schweet

    This video could not have come at a better time! Tomorrow is my FIRST official day of working from home as a full-time health coach, and I’ve been kind of anxious about it! I am so excited to be fully dedicated to what I love, but coming from a big corporate environment to my apartment is a BIG change. I loved all of your tips and I really think the morning routine will be a big one for me. I’m also completely on the same page about cleaning before working! Amazing video, thank you! 🙂

    • Nitika

      YAY!! So so so excited for you Carley + thrilled to hear the video resonated with you. This makes me so happy!!! You’re going to ROCK IT. Lots of love xoxo

  • Kellie

    I am just starting my health coaching business and I worked from home today all day. There were moments when I wanted to slowly bang my head on my desk. When I felt the head bang coming on, I stopped, got up, and went and found something else to briefly do. I folded a load of laundry, took the dog for a walk, stepped outside and took a breath, made some tea….and many more little things. These little things allowed me to pause, collect myself, and come back more present and creative. I actually came up with what I hope to be a great one day workshop for the new year!
    I just “discovered” you and your beautifulness (inside and out!) recently. Much gratitude and love I send you! Great video!

    • Nitika

      Oh YES Kellie I love love this. I have to do little things in between a lot when I have a day where I just need to crank out work. You’re amazing for figuring that out!! And I am so happy to have you as a new member of our community. Lots of love to you!! xoxo

  • Michele Morales

    Awesome video, Nitika! When I first started working from home, I was so gung-ho, but noticed after a few months that it wasn’t AS exciting anymore. Most days, I would get so consumed with work that before I knew it, a few days would have passed without me getting outside! It just wasn’t good. The tips you shared are great! Building more “structured” breaks and outings is a good idea for me. Thanks for your insight, as always:)

    • Nitika

      Aww I am so glad this was helpful Michele!! Lots of love xoxo

  • Shana

    Loved it. Shared it.

    • Nitika

      THANKS LOVE! So appreciate you sharing it!!! xoxo

  • Ana

    2 things that really help me are: I make sure I move everyday. (If I don’t I can be a real cranky-ass-b%$#$ and take it out on my wonderful boyfriend…not fun) and If it’s a day with a lot of writing or admin work, I need to take a break and get out side, a pause from computer land.

    • Nitika

      Yes yes!! Totally good moves for both of these points. Thanks for sharing Ana!! xoxo

  • Rachael Pontillo

    Loved this video Nitika, and I so agree with you on your favorite things. Being an entrepreneur who’s also got kids, sometimes their clutter makes its way into my office–and not gonna lie, I have my own clutter too. So I’ve really been working hard to declutter my office in the morning before diving in too. I’m a big believer in making space for inspiration, intuition, and abundance to flow both in my physical space and mind, so I also like to begin my day with a brief morning meditation and pot of herbal tea. I’m big into spirituality, so my workspace also contains my sacred space–lots of crystals, incense, candles, and other goodies that I find relaxing, that smell good, and that keep my mood lifted. If I have a challenging call or meeting or have writer’s block, I find that I do feel better stepping outside for a spell, leaving the house, and then coming back. I also am a big fan of the day off. Entrepreneurs–like moms–don’t get actual days off. But I do schedule at least one day a week where I take time to just do nothing. I still respond to emails, but only during short, designated times. Finally, I also try really hard to not work in my pajamas or yoga pants. It’s really tempting, but I feel better and more motivated when I dress for myself as I’d dress for others. Thanks for the great post!

    • Nitika

      Hi Rachael! It sounds like you are doing AMAZING with taking care of yourself and being a happy entrepreneur!!! These are all amazing tools and I can just imagine how lovely your space is with your crystals, incense, candles + hot tea brewing. Yes yes! Love it + thanks for sharing! xx

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