We’ve been doing this chicken thing for over 2 months now.
At first, everything was going great. We were getting 1-3 eggs a day from our hens and everyone seemed happy. With winter, molting and them being in a new place I didn’t expect very many eggs and I was OK with that number.
And then they stopped completely.
No more eggs.
On top of that, they started pecking holes in the sides of their coop! With the snow on the ground, they weren’t going outside, and they were actually pecking the walls in boredom.
So we went to the store and bought them some treats to bust their boredom. Yep, we’re spending EXTRA money on these birds when they aren’t even laying.
I thought we got them to save money on eggs!
Right now, every day I go out, check their nesting boxes and when I see nothing, say to myself “I just gotta wait until Spring.”
It’s become my farming mantra.
In Spring I’ll start getting eggs again. I won’t hate going out to check on them because of the bitter cold, and I won’t have to do it 3 times a day because their water keeps freezing either.
This cycle is something we’ll go through every year.
Chickens + Business
So what does this have to do with running a business?
After some struggle, hopefully at some point things will start running smoothly for your business. The money might start coming in or your page counts will soar. A post might go viral or you might hook a big client. One October my page counts tripled! And then, things will die down again, or they’ll level off.
No business exists without it’s ups and downs. Maybe it’s not the money that’s ebbing and flowing for you, maybe it’s your motivation or inspiration. Your brain is bursting with it for days, weeks or months and as fast as it arrived, it’s gone.
Whatever it is, you’re bound to go through that cycle again and again just like we do with our chickens.
The most frustrating part is, just like with the chickens, when things seem to be doing the worst that’s when you have to put extra effort or resources into it.
You work hard, you invest, you dig in a little bit deeper. All in the hopes that the next up will come along (hopefully sooner rather than later).
With enough patience and dedication, “Spring” will come back around again.
It may not feel like it when you’re in the moment, but my hens will start laying again and your business will start moving forward again.
Sometimes, you need a little bit of help, a shove to get you moving in the right direction. Some advice to know what to do next. That’s where I was when I finally decided it was time to try Elite Blog Academy. If you have a blog attached to your business, that might be perfect for you too!
If not, who knows, maybe adding a blog might be just what your business needs.
I can’t tell you what to do to get your business going again, but I can tell you that this situation isn’t permanent. This slump will only last forever if you give up. So get out there and do something!
In my case, I bite the bullet, go to the store and pick up some eggs.
Spring is practically here, we just have to hold on a little longer.
And of course, keep your eye out. I never dreamed I’d learn tips on running a business from my Chickens, who knows where your next nugget of wisdom will come from!
If you’d like to read my other blogging lessons, take a look at:
If you’re considering raising chickens for their valuable business advice (ok and delicious eggs), here’s a post with everything you need to start off with:
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