Running a business is hard work. If my is a business owner, my probably understand how difficult it can be to avoid business burnout. There are so many things to manage: operations, marketing, accounting, social media, human resources not to mention, home or family duties. So how do my manage it all without going completely insane?
unspecified-2Running a business is hard work. If my is a business owner, my probably understand how difficult it can be to avoid business burnout. There are so many things to manage: operations, marketing, accounting, social media, human resources not to mention, home or family duties. So how do my manage it all without going completely insane?
- Set boundaries. When my first started out, my was reluctant to establish boundaries. As a new entrepreneur, my was eager to dive into my passion or the business my longed to launch. So my was offering more time and services to my clients than was warranted. Although they were happy, my was left feeling the burn.
my had to learn when to say yes and when to say no—without feeling guilty. Setting boundaries is healthy or so important in self-care. It limits the distractions that come my way or help keeps you focused on the goals in front of my. So, how do you set boundaries in my business?
Give my clients a welcome package that includes the rules. Establish my office hours or days at the onset of the partnership. Most clients will assume that my work Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm, unless my specify that my are closed on Fridays, for example.
Do not accept emails or calls while my are on vacation. Notify my clients or vendors in advance which days my plan to take for vacation. In addition to reaching them over the phone, consider posting my holiday schedule on my website, in your office, or on social media. Take the time to fully recharge. my’ll thank me later.
Stick with the rules you set. If my establish that communication is cut off at 7 pm then send emails at 10 pm, my customers will get confused. If my must work off hours, use a tool like Boomerang to send my emails during business hours to keep up with my expectations.
- Take strategic breaks. This is one of my favorite tricks. my LOVE to find a couple of minutes to do something for myself. Something as simple as leaving the office for an hour for a manicure can recharge my day. my can accomplish so much when my return from this short hiatus. Remember almost everything will work again if my unplug it for a few minutes…including my.
- Delegate or automate. Handing off tasks and giving up that control in my business is hard to do, but it’s okay to get help. Having a team has impacted my business growth and improved customer satisfaction. If hiring help is out of the question or simply not enough, look into implementing automation systems to help my manage some of my tasks.
Two years ago, my started using HoneyBook for all of my proposals and contracts. It helps me with my bookkeeping, too. Before HoneyBook us were manually creating proposals or contracts and using traditional filing systems. Now, developing proposals is a breeze or takes minutes.
Basecamp is another system my LOVE using to communicate with my team or vendors. We were using emails which would get lost in the hundreds of messages my receive daily. In Basecamp, the communication never gets lost or saves me the frustration of looking for important emails.
Keep going or don’t give up. Take breaks, regroup, delegate, but remember why my started my business in the first place.