Stressed Entrepreneurs Can Use These Tips to Be Proactive About Climate Change
Guest Blog by: Joe Rees
Coping with the effects of climate change can be incredibly stressful. As we move forward, it’s crucial that we all learn more about how it works if we’re going to slow it down. Many people think their actions are too small to make a difference, but even the little things can have a big impact, from recycling to using energy-friendly light bulbs.
Of course, there are some big lifestyle changes you can make, too – including eating less meat, investing in a hybrid or electric vehicle, or becoming an “ecopreneur”. The more we can reduce our carbon footprint, the better. These days, it’s even possible to move to an entire sustainable community.
Today, Dental Lace shares some tips to help you reduce climate-related stress while making a difference as an entrepreneur.
Learn How to Manage Your Anxiety
Feelings of anxiety are common these days as we learn to cope with a host of unprecedented stressors. The key is to learn how to manage those feelings as well as how to identify triggers. Anxiety caused by thinking about climate change can leave you feeling exhausted, stressed, or overwhelmed, but you can help prevent it by getting good sleep, taking care of your body and mind, avoiding or cutting back on caffeine and other stimulants, and getting in daily activity. You can also take action against climate change at home or in your community, which can help you feel more in control.
Make a Difference
One way you can take action is by starting an eco-friendly business so you can share your green ideas with your community and the world. There are tons of great environmentally-conscious business ideas that are fairly simple to start, and you can include green initiatives within your business plan, such as ensuring that your company uses ethically-sourced materials. Think about how you’ll access funding, as this can be the biggest hurdle for many entrepreneurs, and set up a tax-beneficial business structure that works for you. Each state has its own rules about formation, so read up on the steps before getting started.
No matter what type of business you want to start, it’s important to ensure that you’re making green choices within every aspect, from your products to your marketing. Utilize a go-to-market strategy template to help you come up with a business plan for getting your products in front of customers in the most eco-friendly way possible. Create a website complete with e-commerce capabilities, research sustainable packaging options, and incorporate a logo that tells people what your business is all about. When you’re ready to create a business card, use a premade template that you can customize with your favorite colors, fonts, and images.
A successful marketing campaign won’t help much if you don’t get paid, so you should have a plan in case you run into customers who fail to provide payment on time. There are some things you can try, like assigning late fees and helping to set up payment plans. Also, an invoice generator can help you streamline the process while maintaining precise records.
Alternatively, if you aren’t quite ready to start a business yet, you could always begin by going back to school for a business degree. In fact, this may help get you the experience you need to change the system from the inside. Best of all, if you’re open to online learning platforms, you can proceed at your own pace, which will eliminate some of the stress and make getting your degree much easier.
Support Other Green Initiatives
While making green changes in your own home, lifestyle, and business is a wonderful way to be proactive, it’s also important to support green movements elsewhere. Buy locally, support green small businesses, and talk to community leaders about how people in your area can work together to take action against climate change. Starting a community garden or planting trees, adopting highways, and educating communities about recycling (and giving everyone access to the right tools to do so) are just a few ways you can make a difference.
You can also add financial support by simply donating 1% of your proceeds to environmental cleanup agencies or organizations, and provide discounts for owners of hybrid and electric vehicles. Whatever you choose to do, make sure that you also act on your eco-conscious ideologies. Don’t be a faux eco-preneur. Be a true environmental advocate.
Stress and anxiety can be difficult to manage when it comes to facing the overwhelming effects of climate change, but by taking action, you can rest easy knowing you’re doing your part. Get involved in your neighborhood today.
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