6 Ways to Handle Rejection As A Small Business Owner

Being rejected can be difficult to navigate. But don’t let it reframe how you view yourself or your business.

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This week I experienced a pretty nasty rejection.

Let’s back up a little. I recently started a branding business. I have an educational background in advertising and have been in social media positions for a few years now. I’ve been itching to start something of my own. And I finally settled on a branding business, specifically for small businesses on Instagram.

1: Stop

Whatever you do, don’t respond to your rejector while feeling this way. You’ll likely say something you regret.

2: Breathe

Take deep breaths. Breathing deeply helps us flip our body’s switch from “fight or flight” to “rest and digest.” This will help your body begin to calm down and let you think clearly.

3: What Does This Say About The Other Person?

When people are mean to us, they’re often acting out their insecurities. This doesn’t mean we should let them be mean to us. But this can give you some perspective as you try to navigate their response. The goal here is to not internalize their mean comments or rewrite what you think about yourself.

4: Feel the Feelings

This part is hard, but you can’t just stuff your feelings down. Take a moment to acknowledge how this rejection made you feel. Sit with your feelings now so they don’t come up again later.

5: Find A Healthy Outlet

With rejection, you’ve got to find some way to “shake it off.” This could be going for a run. Screaming into a pillow. Meditating. Making art. Crying. Having an angry dance party. Whatever!

6 : What Can You Learn From This?

I’ll definitely be changing my pitch moving forward. Not because I think I was wrong or rude. I wasn’t. And not because that woman’s accusations were valid. They definitely weren’t.

Conclusion: Rejection Is Tough, But So Are You

Being rejected can be difficult to navigate. But don’t let it reframe how you view yourself or your business. Work through your feelings and come back strong.

Navigating adult life and writing about what I learn. My focuses are personal development, relationships, parenting, and writing.

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