8 Tips To Stay Positive As A New Entrepreneur

The entrepreneurial world is wonderful, but it can get hard. From little setbacks to not reaching your goals quite as quickly as you thought you might, it can get tough to stay positive. Here are my top 8 tips to stay positive as a new entrepreneur.  Use these tips to keep a smile on your face as you set out on this great adventure!

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8 Tips To Stay Positive As A New Entrepreneur

  1. Celebrate The Little Wins

    As much as concentrating on the big picture is always important, take some time to celebrate the little wins! Set yourself a series of small, achievable goals and celebrate those victories as you pass them. Practicing gratitude is a way to keep you motivated, so be happy for the successes, big and small.

  2. Remember Your Roots

    Why did you become an entrepreneur in the first place? Remember that reason always.  I keep my motivational mantra posted on my desk at all times. Go ahead, print it out if it speaks to you too! If you embarked on this amazing journey, you most likely were seeking balance in your life. Keep that thought in check as you go about your daily activities.

  3. Take Breaks

    Take a step back and take a break. It’s very important for your mental health to take time away from the stresses in your life. Go out for a walk or a drive. Leave your phone at home and just relax.  Take your mind off work.  Remember: Entrepreneurs that take breaks and vacation when needed are much more productive & successful long term.

  4. Set Goals. For the Day, Week, Month, & Year!

    Set small, everyday goals as well as long-term goals.  Make sure to check them off as you go. Set goals that are realistic.  One of the most important ways to stay positive is to make sure your goals are attainable. Don’t limit yourself to work goals either.  Set yourself health/wellness goals as well.  Getting up and moving is important for your well-being and will benefit your business in the long run!

  5. Surround Yourself With Supportive & Uplifting People

    One of the best ways to solve (or avoid all together) a negative mood is to surround yourself with positive people. Friends or family who support you will always be the best way to keep yourself motivated!

  6. Develop A Business Model That Makes You Happy

    Come up with a business model that not only works for your company, but works for you. Be realistic about how much time you can put into your work each day, and allow yourself mental and physical breaks. Do what you love.  If you have one particular service you offer that you don’t particularly like doing, take it off the list and focus on the items/services you do like doing! You have the power to choose what you want to do!

  7. Find A Supportive Community Of Like-Minded Individuals

    The internet is a wonderful place to find like-minded individuals! There are plenty of Facebook groups, blogs, or mastermind groups that are filled with individuals in the same position as you who love answering questions and sharing experiences! Stick to these communities, they’ll help motivate you to be a better you!

  8. Have A Motivational Mantra

    Create an easy, positive saying that will motivate you to keep going. Repeat it as often as needed. “If you want something you’ve never had – you have to do something you’ve never done!”  This is my mantra.  Choose one that resonates with you and look at that quote/saying every morning.  Or better yet – choose a different mantra for every day of the week.


Keep up the amazing work, stay motivated, and you’re on the way to success! With these 8 tips to stay positive as a new entrepreneur, you’ll be mentally prepared to stay motivated and turn your business into your dream. What are some of your tips to stay motivated? I would love to hear them! 

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  • Reply Esther G February 29, 2016 at 11:12 am

    This post is really the essence of what every Entrepreneur needs in their life. It is so easy to get burned out without the proper system and plans in place around us! Brava!

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      I completely agree with you! I’m glad you stopped over to the blog! I hope this help fellow entrepreneurs

  • Reply badudets February 29, 2016 at 11:33 am

    I was once an entrepreneur and there are days that you really wanna give up. Competition is hard that’s why I like what you said about celebrating little wins. And also, never forget to learn from your mistake.

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      What is your current job? I agree celebrating those little wins are important. Living in the NOW!

  • Reply Becky @ Disney in your Day February 29, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Breaks are so important! I just went on vacation for a week and on a cruise without internet access I was away from the blog, social media, etc. And it was amazing to relax – plus I feel so much more energized and recharged to tackle everything again now!

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      I agree! My breaks are super essential to my well-being! Hope you enjoyed your trip!

  • Reply Alison February 29, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    I love these tips especially about the taking breaks! Sometimes you need to walk away from a problem to get clarity from it! My tip would be to not be afraid to change directions if one way isn’t working! Great post!

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Great tip 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Modern Day Girl Blog February 29, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    What a great post! I’m definitely going to come back to this at a later date. I started my blog as a hobby but now I’ve been doing it a little while I want to take it further. Your post has made me think seriously about it and will definitely be using your tips ☺

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Go for your dreams 🙂 You can do it!

  • Reply NYG@NaughtyYogaGirl.com February 29, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Wow – love this post! 🙂 I’m a huge believer in goals and I totally agree with breaking them down by day, week, month, year. And I love the tip about celebrating the small things – yesssss! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing – so happy I came across your blog – gonna follow you on Bloglovin.

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind words! I’m happy to see you are following along 🙂

  • Reply Angela Tolsma February 29, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    5 and 7 are the ones I struggle with so much… I’m so shy! Great post. It’s good for prompting me to keep at it!

  • Reply Emily Woodard February 29, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I love the idea of posting a mantra in your workspace! What a great way to constantly remind yourself of your purpose.

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks so much! What is your mantra? I’m always interested to hear what inspires others 🙂

      • Reply Emily Woodard March 9, 2016 at 12:23 pm

        Mine is “Ambition is the first step to success. The second is action.” It reminds me to focus on my dreams and never forget that I need to work hard today to get where I want to be tomorrow.

  • Reply Julie February 29, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Awesome tips! I’m still working full time at a hospital but I’m hoping that someday I can focus on blogging full time.

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      Reach for the stars! Go for it, girl! I would love to help you out in that process!

  • Reply Kelly February 29, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    These are some great tips and can be used for bloggers as well. It’s so important to not lose sight of the bigger picture and to compare yourself to others which is so hard these days!

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      Yes these are so important and can relate to bloggers as well – great point!

  • Reply Tammilee Tips February 29, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    The people around you can make such a difference in how well you can do. I love that celebrating the little wins is first on your list. So important to remember any success no matter the size is important.

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      Celebrating your little wins is so important! I’m so glad you took the time to stop by!

  • Reply Anamika Ojha February 29, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Nice post and great tips shared! Thanks for sharing this wonderful post with us. 🙂

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 12:21 pm

      Of course! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Reply Summer Telban (@SummerTelban) February 29, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    These are great! I love the one about remembering your roots.

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      Yes! Remembering why you started from time to time helps you so much!

  • Reply Ashley February 29, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    I love all of these tips! Remembering to focus on the small wins can be hard, but it is important to remember that it is a marathon, not a dash. Anything worth doing takes time and patience. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      Yes such a great reminder. Im glad that resonates with you!

  • Reply noemi February 29, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Great tips! A break is a must after a while, it’s a must to recharge our batteries 🙂

  • Reply Jilliann February 29, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Great tips! The blogging world has really taken over my life and I don’t know how people with families and such balance everything! I am loving it though and hope to find more balance once I feel more content with where I’m heading!

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      Blogging is so great! I’m going to have to stop over to your blog!

  • Reply rachellaycook February 29, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Great advice. Starting out on any venture, whether it’s a new business or a side hustle, requires patience and confidence. I love the tip about the motivational mantra– it really has made a difference in m daily attitude. I choose one per month, to focus on whatever big goal or challenge I know is on my plate. Good luck to anybody else that’s starting out as an entrepreneur– you’re brave and that’s 90% of it!

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      Great takeaways! I’m so happy this resonates with you! Great tip!

  • Reply rochkirstin February 29, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    I guess the most difficult is having discipline and time management. When you’re an entrepreneur, you are free to do things without having to follow the rules and policies of an employer. It’s important to set goals and plan smart.

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      This is definitely hard! You have to be productive and work as though you do have a deadline like in 9-5 job!

  • Reply Kaley February 29, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    What great tips! Definitely going to try and practice a number of these.


    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      I’m glad you like them! Thanks for stopping by the blog 🙂

  • Reply livelifewellblog5 March 1, 2016 at 6:31 am

    These are amazing tips! The only thing I would add is to avoid comparing your journey to others. That and the things you’ve mentioned definitely help me to remain positive.

    All the Best,
    Allison | http://www.LiveLifeWellBlog.com

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      Those are also some great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  • amy valle
    Reply amy valle March 1, 2016 at 6:38 am

    helpful, succinct tips! this has inspired me to come up w/ my own mantra 🙂 i have little ones i think about here and there- but i like the idea of having one i go back to consistently or setting one weekly. love what you’re doing!

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks so much! This means the world to me 🙂 Thanks for coming over to Uniquely Women!

  • Reply leechrista March 1, 2016 at 10:32 am

    I recently deactivated my Facebook page which had 700 some odd friends. Reason being, I needed a break from blog talk, I just couldn’t listen anymore. I needed to go do my own thing and be focused. I loved my supportive group, but I needed a break. End of story. These are great ideas.

  • Reply Cara (@StylishGeek) March 1, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    I love these awesome reminders you posted. It’s so interesting that I had a lot of fear of putting my own business. I like a safety net, and this point when I am still thinking of college funds for my kid and as a family we need two steady income, I decided to have a home-based creative business even if I’m working a full-time job. There is definitely pros/cons, but the real good part about this is I can test the waters and not feel pressured. And yes, I do some of the tips you suggested because working full-time and being a mompreneur can be exhausting. So I do try to take breaks and pause to think about the rewards/achievements.

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      It is great to hear a little bit about your journey through life 🙂 Enjoy! You can do whatever you set your mind to!

  • Reply Idaintyit March 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Some really good tips, I need to start putting some of these into practice

  • Reply hooplah March 1, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Love the idea of setting a mantra 😀 Will have to work on that!

  • Reply Jillian Fisher March 2, 2016 at 2:05 am

    I think taking a break is really important. I have been on a break off and on for a month. I just find myself uninspired at the moment. I am hoping that a break will help me refresh and come back with fresher ideas.

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      Sometimes a break is just what you need 🙂

  • Reply The Mad Mommy March 2, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    I love this post! These tips are wonderful and something that I need to remind myself of more often! Especially, celebrating the little wins!

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      It seems like a trend! Everyone has been loving that tip! It is definitely so important 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply top5life March 5, 2016 at 2:40 am

    Being an entrepreneur requires one to take into account various spheres. One needs to be patient, cool and calm and highly motivated to rise above the failures. Great post.

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      Agreed completely! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Cole March 9, 2016 at 9:30 am

    All of these are amazing tips! Number 7 is sooo important, and once I started reaching out to people more I felt so much more confident in myself.

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      Networking is great and you also will find support in a community that is doing exactly what you are doing! Great opportunities and friendships!

  • Reply natashasolae March 15, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    I grew up in a family where I was basically conditioned not to celebrate small wins. This was the hardest thing for me when I first became an entrepreneur to really grasp. My business partner always used to say that I never seemed excited. Inside I was appreciative of the win but I never realized how to celebrate one.
    It was like I was taught to be emotionless towards success.

    Soon I learned that the reason I had no physiological response to small success was because I was afraid of losing or letting myself down. Once I realized it’s okay to really enjoy the moment it changed everything. It even changed how I felt about myself. It sucks it took me such a long time to realize how celebrating each and every win is so important. But now I’m glad I did. When you can’t see success and you don’t celebrate it, it’s hard to be grateful. And being grateful means you’re able to see even the smallest crack of opportunity. By changing my mindset I became a better person, a better friend, a better family member, a better girlfriend and a better entrepreneur. I’ve received an abundance of opportunity just from this attitude change alone.

  • Reply Carly Farmer May 11, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Love this! Thank you so much! I think planning is my major downfall. I will use this guide to help fuel my day to day!

  • Reply Shamira May 11, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Thank you for the reminder. As an entrepreneur we often loose sight of our vision.

  • Reply Colleen Lanin May 11, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Good tips! I need to remember these as a not-so-new entrepreneur! (7 years in!)

  • Reply Nicole Nemeth May 11, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    All of these are amazing tips! Setting goals and surrounding yourself with like-minded people are two that have really helped me!

  • Reply Cooking Maniac May 11, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    this is pretty great and I appreciate the planner printable 🙂

  • Reply Christina May 11, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    It is tough being a newbie! Thank you for sharing this!

  • Reply Aliyyah @RichAndHappyBlog May 11, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Having an online community to keep me motivated and accountable on my journey to entrepreneurship has been invaluable. I am glad you mentioned that point.

  • Reply rebeccadost May 11, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Love all of these tips! Thank you!

  • Reply Tyra May 12, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Nicole I loved this tips and thank you for the printable!! Awesome tips and I LOVE your mantra. Can I borrow it to help motivate myself this month? (smile)

  • Reply Dana (@somethinggoodbg) May 12, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Thanks for these tips! It’s so hard to stay positive and avoid the comparison game sometimes.


  • Reply Lindsey May 12, 2016 at 8:05 am

    These were all great. I have to remind myself to set all types of goals and not to get burned out!

  • Reply Petra May 12, 2016 at 8:08 am

    These are some great tips!

  • Reply Angela May 12, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Thanks for the tips! I am just starting out and it is easy to get overwhelmed. 🙂 I can’t wait to check out some of your other posts!

  • Reply Kathleen May 12, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Love, love, love this, I want quit almost everyday, this is really helpful. Really enjoyed this.

  • Reply Sarah @Bitchy But Bubbly May 12, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Some many great tips. I love doing a happy dance over little wins!

  • Reply Christine May 12, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    This is so great! I love that you say that it’s okay to take a break. It’s so easy to feel SO guilty for missing a day or two, but it’s so so important to take care of yourself and not get burnt out. Thanks for posting!

  • Reply milanlexi May 16, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Such good advice! The motivational mantra is definitely something that has helped me in the past! I definitely need to start setting specific goals for my blog! Im going to use this blog planner you provided! Thank you!!

  • Reply Tabitha (@tl_tinywishes) July 18, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Such great tips! I am starting to celebrate the little wins because they always contribute to the bigger picture 🙂


  • Reply Abigail July 18, 2016 at 11:39 am

    I’ve got to be better about #3. I feel like I have so much to do I get worn out.

  • Reply Emily July 18, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    this is a great list! it is hard to always be positive when your hard work doesn’t automatically translate to success. thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Melanie July 18, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    This is such a great post. I really needed to read this today because I’ve been super stressed out here lately.

  • Reply Anna July 18, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Thank you for this! I definitely agree it’s important to take breaks.


  • Reply Rhonda Swan July 24, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Such an uplifting article, lovely lady! Thanks for sharing this with us. Keep up the great work here and live unstoppable!

  • Reply Rachy @ Creating Your Financial Freedom August 30, 2016 at 11:34 am

    I completely agree with #1 and #4. I always celebrate when I have little wins with my blog and business. They may seem silly to some people, for me though they keep me going! I also set goals for the week, month, and year. That way I can see the current goals and what I’m hoping to do in the future.

  • Reply Liz August 30, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    All great tips! I try to incorporate these here and there, but it’s so good to keep them in mind and really focus on when you need a break, when you need to rely on your support community, and when to refocus and find what in your work really makes you happy, whether that’s your original mission or a small victory or an exciting goal.

  • Reply caseyp1110 August 31, 2016 at 6:51 am

    Great tips! It is a struggle some days to stay on task and positive when the growth is slow, but you gotta stick to it!

  • Reply Tara Berries September 5, 2016 at 10:00 am

    What great tips and lovely writing! My mantra is don’t forget to be awesome!

  • Reply kraushousemom September 5, 2016 at 10:31 am

    I am really trying to use my planner more instead of always winging it. I started wring down ideas and when I should do them.

  • Reply The Golden Girl Diary September 5, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Such great tips! It can certainly be a challenge!

    xo, Amanda

  • Reply Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons September 5, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Love, love, love these tips! Celebrate the small and set goals (short and long term)

  • Reply Terri Ramsey Beavers September 5, 2016 at 11:45 am

    These are really great tips and I’m ready to put my best foot forward and try them. I need to find a community of like minded individuals. I think that would be a great start.

  • Reply jmanandmillerbug September 5, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    I struggle with it at times so this is a great reminder! I try hard to keep my business going! There are months I am worried and then other months that I am do well!

  • Reply Alli Rutherford Smith September 5, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks for the reminder to celebrate those little wins. I remember back when getting a food pic accepted at Food Gawker was a real big deal and now I don’t even get excited. I need to remember to celebrate the small things in life. 🙂

  • Reply Jenn @ EngineerMommy September 5, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Being an entrepreneur has so many benefits, but it’s also challenging. These are great tips to stay positive through it all.

  • Reply Suzanne Hines September 5, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    I really appreciate all these tips! I would also add- don’t compare. I think it’s GREAT to be inspired and find motivation from other people around you, but I struggle with comparing my losses with other peoples wins…and vice versa!

  • Reply Emily Lofgren September 5, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    This is really great! I especially appreciate the fact that you point out the necessity of surrounding yourself with people who encourage you in your work. That’s got to be one of the most important things because we become like the people we surround ourselves with!

  • Reply Emma | Creative Explorations September 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    These are all such amazing tips. For me, the biggest step towards success is breaking down my dreams into achievable goals. But community is super important to me as well.

    Emma | http://www.creativexplorations.com

  • Reply Maureen September 5, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    This post is gem! And I found your post at just the right time as I am about to cross over to do just this. Thank you for sharing this 😀

  • Reply Bella September 5, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    This is the perfect post for everyone. It is SO easy to get discouraged so staying positive is crucial!

  • Reply Liz Mays September 5, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    I think celebrating each achievement helps a ton! That’s a really good habit to get into.

  • Reply Sarah September 5, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    These are all great ways to stay positive as an entrepreneur. Hopefully this helps uplift many others!

  • Reply franckxethee September 6, 2016 at 1:19 am

    I’ve just started my own business and this helps a lot. I guess it’s really important to set the goals and celebrate the small wins.

  • Reply Chrishelle Ebner September 6, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Wonderful advice. I am just now starting a blog, and sometimes I get disappointed because my social media is not growing fast enough or my page views are down. It is very easy to get discouraged.

  • Reply Jeanine September 6, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Great tips! I know it can be discouraging and hard for some so its always good to try to stay as positive as you can!

  • Reply mimicutelips September 6, 2016 at 11:36 am

    I love all of these. Making sure I was around like minded people was huge for me. Staying true to my passion and mission is big as well.

  • Reply Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen September 6, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    These are all great ways to stay positive when everything starts weighing heavy on you. I especially love remembering your roots and finding a community.

  • Reply Jasmine Espinal September 6, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    These are all great tips! For me its always been something motivational like a mantra or quote that helps me. You can even frame it and place on desk for a consent motivational reminder.

  • Reply Lauren September 7, 2016 at 8:21 am

    These are fantastic tips! I’m saving the blog schedule; I could definitely use the organization.

  • Reply Tree September 7, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Wonderful tips! It does get tough for me to remember to stay positive and why I love my job!

  • Reply Lindsay September 7, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Love this! I wish I read it when I started cause I definitely found the need to take a step back and just be patient and take little breaks in the beginning!

  • Reply Ashley Nicole | Photographer September 7, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Love all of these!! Great tips.

  • Reply Emily September 7, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    So many great tips!! I agree wholeheartedly with every single one! Speaking of which, I think its time for me to take a little break 😉 (I try to plan one every hour)

  • Reply LaShawn Wiltz September 8, 2016 at 5:17 am

    It is so important to take breaks!! It is so hard to take a step back but so important to do so!

  • Reply Robin Rue September 8, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Celebrating the small wins when you first start out is so important. Pat yourself on the back for those!

  • Reply khoner001 September 10, 2016 at 2:18 am

    Thank you so much for writing this! It’s so easy to feel like your “small wins” don’t matter when I constantly compare myself to other entrepreneurs. This def keeps me motivated <3

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