It’s a simple question, but I think it could have a large impact.
What do you do, in general, in your downtime? Is it business related, like I am doing right now posting this, or are you playing video games or watching tv or just spending quality time with family.
(Let me just say, quality time with family is number 1, period)
But, when you have some time to yourself, what do you find yourself doing? Do you do something to escape from the daily grind, or do you watch window cleaning videos, read the forums, post stuff on social media, follow up with customers, tweek your schedule, etc.
Here is my theory: If you love your business, then working on it can still be relaxing, even enjoyable. And, I postulate that Business Owners who work and treat their business as a hobby (aka. fun time) are more successful than those that treat it like a 9-5 job.
What do you think?
Ok, about myself. I have been window cleaning for 20 years. I started my own company 2 years ago, and completely quit sub-contracting 9 months ago.
I hated window cleaning. I HATED IT.
When I started my own company, I found that I liked window cleaning. I liked canvassing, I liked organizing my schedule (I still hate taxes…) And, in the evenings, once the little one was in bed, I found myself watching window cleaning videos, or business videos, and working on my schedule and updating my client list.
In the past these things would have just felt like WORK. Now I like it! Yes, I still play video games to unwind a bit, but I find that I come back to working on my business in some form as if it was a hobby.
I think it is because I am “making something”. It is for me and my family, and I am MAKING it, I craft it when I work on my scheduling, when I optimize a route, when I discover a new area to canvass. I have no limitations! I did when I was a sub contractor.
But, now I am free, and every day is a new small victory.
Any thoughts? Might just be my own weird thing. Lol