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5 Tips to Remain Sane when Starting a Business

insane businessmanThis is a guest post by Brandon Yanofsky.

No doubt, starting a business is one of the most rewarding experiences. But at times, it can certainly feel like the most grueling.

There have been times when I thought for sure I’d lose my mind and wake up inside an insane asylum. Perhaps you’ve shared this at times sentiment.

If it weren’t for the 5 tips I’ve laid out below, I’d be in a white jacket instead of sitting with my computer.

1. Tell your friends and family about your endeavors

You need people around you when you start going through the hard times. Friends and family will provide the support structure you need. So keep them updated with what’s going on with your business. When you feel like everything is turning against you, your family is there to bring your spirits back up.

Also, you’ll find there are times when your friends and family ask you for a favor and you just have no time available. If they don’t know you are trying to start a business, they may think you are brushing them off. But if they are kept updated, they will understand why you are saying “no.”

2. Join a community

You really need people to talk to who truly understand what the life of an entrepreneur entails. Family and friends are great only to a certain point. They won’t be able to completely understand your drive and offer advice.

There are many types of communities you can join. You are already involved with Make sure you comment frequently here and other blogs. Find entrepreneurs on Twitter. Join a forum. I’m a part of, a paid forum of entrepreneurs and marketers. Whether it’s free or paid, it’s a great investment of your time and money to have a second support system of entrepreneurs on.

3. Read about other Entrepreneurs

At times, you can easily feel, “I will never be like Onibalusi or Richard Branson! Everything just came easily for them.”

I can tell you, and I know Onibalusi and Richard Branson would agree, even the most successful entrepreneur hits road blocks and considers giving up from time to time. Reading about other entrepreneurs shows you that they too experienced the same difficulties you are, making it much easier to keep going.

So go visit your local library, bookstore, or and purchase some entrepreneur’s biographies and autobiographies.

4. Write, frequently

The simple act of expressing yourself helps keep your emotions centered. Most psychologists recommend to their patients to keep a daily journal of some form. I recommend a blog so you can share your thoughts with others. And don’t think it has to be business. In fact, it’s better if it’s not. Write about whatever you want.

I do most of my writing on my personal blog. It helps me figure out my thoughts and emotions. If I’m just frustrated beyond belief, I’ll sit down to write and within an hour, I feel much better.

5. Have a second interest

Business and entrepreneurship is probably your life right now. And rightly so; it’s a lot of fun. But too much of one thing, no matter how great it is, can really wear you down.

This is why it’s good to develop a second interest. Maybe take up running or biking. Read fiction books. Watch movies. Take up quilting. You can even try a couple different things until you find the one you enjoy. And then do it on a regular basis.

And make sure it’s not business related.

Success can only be achieved when you are physically and emotionally healthy. So make sure you keep these 5 tips in mind to keep you sane during your entrepreneurial endeavors.

If you’d like to read more from Brandon Yanofsky, check out his blog on small business marketing, his niche blog on salon marketing, and his personal blog about anxiety relief.

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48 Comments on "5 Tips to Remain Sane when Starting a Business"

  1. Simple tip is just divide your life in 2 parts… one is a business entrepreneur and other one unique part of a family.

    When you are at work then put every effort for your business but when you’re at home then forget everything about business as family members only need your quality time.

    • Bojan says:

      I would rather merge my life’s passion with my work. Separating your passion in entrepreneurship from your real life is kinda harmful for business, in my opinion.

    • Brandon Yanofsky says:

      Riya and Bojan, I actually agree with both of you. I definitely made my work my passion. But there are times when it gets overwhelming and it’s good to just step back and disconnect from it.

  2. To sum up I believe you need to keep the startup fire alive in you. Books, people, goals, blog. Have whatever you can which will allow you to live your dream. Kick you when things go pretty tough. Its a challenge to be an entrepreneur and yes it takes guts to live that life!

    • Bojan says:

      A year ago I took a leap of faith and renounced my traditional career. I graduated banking, quited my masters degree and went on, into e-business without any knowledge what so ever.

      After 5 months of dedicated work on improving my knowledge in social media, I got my first job as a consultant in Beano Publishing.

      Quitting my faculty was one of the best decisions I ever made. It was frightening at start, but I don’t regret it a single moment.

      Yes it takes guts! But it’s really worth it.

      • Brandon Yanofsky says:

        It definitely takes guts. It’s very scary when you see friends around you in secure jobs and you take a leap of faith.

        But like you say it is worth it. It’s so rewarding.

    • Brandon Yanofsky says:

      Himanshu, you put it very well. Better than I was able to. You hit the nail on the head.

  3. Alex Humphrey says:

    These are some great tips!

    I try to implement numbers 2, 3, and 5 daily. So when the hard times come I already have that well set up. My favorite bit is reading about other entrepreneurs. It is so easy to get caught seeing how successful some entrepreneurs are. However, if you really look, you will see that their story is riddled with hard lessons and bad times.

    It’s all a part of the process.

    Thanks again, I really appreciate the encouragement to all of us budding entrepreneurs!

    • Brandon Yanofsky says:

      Thanks for the comment Alex.

      Which entrepreneur did you enjoy reading about? I’m almost ready to start a new book.

  4. Bojan says:

    Simple yet effective! I would add two tips of my own. Keep your physical activity level as high as you can. Nothing is more productive than having your blood pumping oxygen into your brain cells.

    Spend time with your certain someone. Spending time with loved ones is essential for keeping your sanity.

    Just my 2 cents 🙂

    • Brandon Yanofsky says:

      Very true. When I don’t get exercise in, I’m just not working nearly as effectively as I could.

  5. Hi Brandon,

    Nice post and is a must for today’s entrepreneurs. Since most of the people prefer doing business online, I think it is quite easy to lose sanity.

    While at the office we have chances to meet and work with real people. On the other hand, with online businesses all the time we work in front of a computer.

    For me writing works a lot and helps me dump those negative thoughts. I sometimes write an email to myself and send it.

    More importantly, I have found exercising as a great refreshing thing. My motivation is up, I get new ideas for posts (that usually go viral) and get rid of my depression when I go for a short walk or clean a room in my house.


    • Brandon Yanofsky says:

      I agree with you on all that.

      I’ve been thinking about getting a shared office just to be around others.

  6. Great tips Brandon. Thanks for sharing

    • Brandon Yanofsky says:

      Glad you enjoyed them.

  7. semmy @ Make Money Online says:

    Hi Brandon this is nice tips!! thank you very much for share!!

    • Brandon Yanofsky says:

      No problem Semmy. I hope you can put them to good use.

  8. Make Money Blogging says:

    Wow! I couldn’t agree more with the part about having a 2nd interest. It’s easy to get burnt out if you spend countless hours every day on the same task. Hobbies are good 🙂

    • Brandon Yanofsky says:

      What do you do for a hobby?

      • Make Money Blogging says:

        I play the guitar, drums, piano, have a wife and daughter to hang out with, and I’m also in the military.

        • Brandon Yanofsky says:

          That will definitely keep you busy!

  9. Siew Yik says:

    I totally agree about having a 2nd interest! It is just so important to not stuck your head into the same thing for day and night. Getting out of it for sometime is a very good way to get refreshed and rework on things more effectively!

    • Brandon Yanofsky says:

      Definitely. If you work on something for too long, you lose efficiency and effectiveness.

  10. Nec Laser Toners says:

    I think number 5 is the best tip in all of them. Having a 2nd interest will make you remain sane 🙂

    • Brandon Yanofsky says:

      It also helps you come up with ideas for your business.

  11. yeah…i love this idea…
    for me, the support from my closest ones is the most important thing…

    • Brandon Yanofsky says:

      Support of your loved ones is super important. For everyone. Even if you’re not an entrepreneur.

  12. Jon says:

    Hi Brandon,

    I think joining a community is absolutely imperative! If you don’t create one then find one to join and mix it up. The encouragement you get from others and the new, inspired thoughts are worth it.

    Also, #5: Have a second interest. This just helps your mind relax. You DO need to “unplug” once in a while and a hobby or sport will help take the edge off all the effort. We’re humans, not machines…it’s OK to let loose once in a while.

    Thanks for an enjoyable read…


    • Brandon Yanofsky says:

      For a while I went without a community. It sucked. As soon as I joined a few communities my whole life changed.

  13. Anna says:

    A successful businessman is a person who understands that failures in business are a reality and you have to cope with them.
    Moreover, business is not everything – there are more important things in life like family, health, respect, etc.

    • Brandon Yanofsky says:

      Very true Anna. Roadbumps will pop up along the way to success. You can’t let them consume your whole life. Remember there is more to life than just your business.

    • very true.

  14. Kok Siong says:

    Hi Brandon! Thanks for your nice article! I think the point “Join A Community” is the most important approach that we should really do when we want to start a business. Business is something dealing with human. We need to expand our network by joining the community.

    • Brandon Yanofsky says:

      Right on. There are so many positives to joining a community. I highly recommend it for both entrepreneurs and non entrepreneurs.

  15. It’s hard to remain sane. Especially when you have a great business idea, but you can’t get it off the ground.

    • Brandon Yanofsky says:

      That’s true, but if you let yourself go insane emotionally, you’ll never get it off the ground. While there are some entrepreneurs who strive on insanity, they are few and far between, and their lives usually fall apart quite fast. Howard Hughes is a great example.

  16. DiNaRa says:

    From my observation I can say that if you are alone you can do very little or nothing at all – it’s better to have a team of supporters. I prefer having someone behind me to support in all my projects or … to cry to someone in case of failure.

    • Brandon Yanofsky says:

      Agreed Dinara. However, on the flip side, I wouldn’t get a business partner just for the sake of having a partner. I’ve done that before and that has driven me crazy as well.

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  18. Brandon Yanofsky says:

    Thanks. I’m glad you enjoyed them.

  19. Excellent advice, I have started some outside activities. Yet, trying to find my place in the blog world. Have been networking by entering poetry challenges, which has helped me get more unique views but not financially. We shall see! Thanks for advice again!

    • Brandon Yanofsky says:

      Hey Paulo, you have to start somewhere. You may not see financial return right away, but keep making forward progress. And it sounds like you are. Getting more unique views is a great way to make forward progress.

  20. fantastic sams says:

    I love these tips. Writing each day, make a person creative and thinker.

  21. mrohila says:

    Excellent advice, I have started some outside activities. Yet, trying to find my place in the blog world. Have been networking by entering poetry challenges, which has helped me get more unique views but not financially.

  22. mrohila says:

    I would rather merge my life’s passion with my work. Separating your passion in entrepreneurship from your real life is kinda harmful for business, in my opinion.

  23. Flights to Quito says:

    I completely agree with you Oni. Excellent advice, that is why i love your blog posts. Thanks !

  24. Business Analyst Jobs says:

    Thanks for the tips. Because IM is not popular as a career, family and friends can be skeptical. But what is important is doing what you love to do and having the belief that you will succeed.

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