When it comes to starting and operating your own business, it is clear that a lot of work is going to be involved, especially at the start. You have to get your business set up, advertise, build a client base, and deliver quality work. As time goes on, you may find yourself expanding the business, perhaps taking on employees, developing long term business relationships with customers and business partners, and acquiring the equipment needed to keep your business running smoothly.
Many Entrepreneurs get very involved in the operations of the business even as it grows and as a result, have a hard time balancing their multi-roles in business and their personal lives. The question is: How can you keep your life balanced?
Remember why you wanted to start your own business in the first place. Maybe you wanted to get out from under a tyrannical boss. Have you just traded one demanding boss for another one – yourself? Yes, it is true that you have to work hard, sometimes long hours too! No, there is no room for you to be lazy if you are going to succeed as an entrepreneur, but you need time to relax too and you need to be able to take time off if you are sick. Think about your family too. If you are married, you can’t neglect your mate for your new business. Perhaps you started the business with the idea that it would let you spend more time with your mate and children. Don’t become your own harsh taskmaster.
From the beginning set processes in place that allot flexibility and sustainability in the event that you get sick or need to be off due to a personal issue. Remember business still must run! You serve clients that depend on your business to function on a normal and consistent basis; you should want the company brand to represent this as well.
Strive to keep your business in its proper place. You may find that you have to set normal operating or office hours in order to maintain balance. You may need to simply let business calls go to voicemail when you are “out of the office” and respond to emails as certain times during work hours.
Set realistic times for tasks also helps in managing the day to day operations of the business where you can stay in control of your time and complete tasks timely. This will assist in preventing the feeling of being overwhelmed and/or decrease risk of a “burn out”.
Finally, don’t be afraid to take a vacation once in a while. If you work online, you can take it with you, so why not travel a little? Even if you are operating a local service or sales oriented business, be sure to have a means to break away once in a while. Everyone needs time off to relax. You’ll be better at your job if you get proper rest and are in a good mood because you are enjoying life and not working 24/7.
Being an entrepreneur takes hard work and dedication, but it also requires balance. Be sure that your business is supporting your life rather than becoming your life. You and the people around you will be happier, and ultimately it will be better for your business as well since joyful people perform better