Tips for Becoming a Minimalist Entrepreneur

Minimalism is the idea that less is more. Whether it be taking a minimalistic approach to the things they have, only keeping and buying the essentials, or adopting a minimalist approach when it comes to the way they live by moving into a tiny home and living off-grid, more and more often, people have begun embracing minimalism hoping to simplify their lives. Even people who may not be ready to give things up for a simpler lifestyle still love the idea of a minimalistic life—shows such as Tidying Up on Netflix and HGTV’s Tiny House, Big Living are proof of that.


Did you know that the average household has 300,000 items and that one in every ten Americans rents offsite storage? It’s no wonder people are joining the minimalistic movement! Getting rid of the clutter you have isn’t the only benefit to minimalism, though. Living a minimalistic lifestyle offers plenty of other benefits including the ability to focus on what’s most important and peace of mind.


Being a concept that can be applied in many different areas of life, minimalism isn’t something that you should limit to your personal life and time. As an entrepreneur, taking a minimalistic approach to your business and operations can have similar effects on your business life as it does on the personal side of things, and it can help you feel more peace of mind and confidence when it comes to your business dealings.


If you’re ready to simplify things and start living minimally, here are some tips you can follow:


In Business


Do business online. If you are just starting a business, do a business that is based online. Online businesses are ideal for a minimalistic approach since they require less, (they may not even require any physical accommodations if you do something like dropshipping), and can be managed from anywhere more easily.


Hire remote employees. 56 percent of startups around the globe have outsourced work, and if you want to be a minimalist entrepreneur, then it’s something you should do, too. Hiring a remote workforce means that you don’t have to maintain a large office, pay the overhead costs, or manage a group of employees since they will be managing themselves in many ways.


Simplify everything. The point of minimalism is to simplify everything so that you can focus on what’s important. Simplifying processes, your logo, the way you spend, what you have in your office, etc. will help you shift your focus to the things that matter most without having to worry about the lesser things as well.


Become more assertive and decisive. When it comes to making choices, it’s easy to get hung up on small decisions. By being more assertive and decisive, you can quickly determine which decisions won’t affect your company long-term and make a call and move on, but when you come to the bigger decisions, you’ll have the time and energy to give it the thought that it needs before making a final call.


Define your own success. Everybody has their own definition of success, but when it comes to running a business, people often think that success is money. When taking a minimalistic approach, you should define your own success, whether that be more time to spend with family, less time in meetings, or anything else. Defining your own success lets you sharpen your goals and focus, cutting out things that don’t matter as much.


In Life


As an entrepreneur, your business is a big part of your life, and your personal life can affect your business life as well. Even if you don’t want to take a fully minimalistic approach to your personal life, the tips below can help you find a better balance to help you have more success as a minimalist entrepreneur.


Declutter. Believe it or not, clutter can affect you in many different ways, including emotionally, and if your house is clutter and you’re not in a good headspace, your business can’t thrive either. Decluttering and getting rid of things you don’t need can help you feel like you have more room to breathe and think, helping you better focus on your business.


Schedule your time. Scheduling your time will do two things. First, it will help you see where you’re actually wasting time and can cut things out so that you have more time for what’s important, and second, it will help you keep track of everything you have going on. Scheduling your time can help you stay on task so that you have the time you need during the day.


Say no. Saying no can be hard, especially if it’s something you want to do or feel guilty saying no to. Although you don’t need to say no all the time, learning to say no and saying no when necessary will help you free up your time and your emotions and simplify your life both personally and when it comes to business.


Listen to podcasts. By now you probably know what podcasting is, and if you don’t listen to podcasts already, you should start. There are plenty of podcasts out there about being a minimalist, and they can help inspire you, give you ideas, and help you stick with your goals of doing business in a minimalist way.


Be grateful. You might be surprised at just how powerful gratitude is. By focusing on the things you have and being grateful for them, you change your mindset completely and can stop feeling like you’re missing something and start taking full advantage of all that you have.


What will you do to be a more minimalistic entrepreneur?

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