Having your own business can drive you to the brink of exhaustion. All-nighters, the stress of employing people, never seeming to have enough cash, trying to finding more business, staying ahead of the competition, the list goes on.
These things take a toll and can lead to burnout. Here are 5 tips to help keep you sane without hitting up the freezer and demolishing a whole tub of ice cream.
Keep your “why” front and centre at all times
I keep a picture of my son and husband in my diary. I carry that diary with me everyday to track my meetings and make notes. Every time I open that diary, I always see my boys smiling faces looking back at me. When I have a bad day where nothing seems to go right, I am reminded of why I got into this business in the first place.
Find a support network
I’m a part of a Facebook group called Like Minded Bitches Drinking Wine. My marketing consultant recommended I join. While the name isn’t for the faint hearted, in this group I found kindred spirits and helped me realise I wasn’t alone. The support and the knowledge in this group is phenomenal.
Set aside some “me” time once a month
Give yourself some time to breathe and recharge on a regular basis. Go have a facial or a massage. Heck, go sailing if that’s what floats your boat (no pun intended). As long as it has nothing to do with the everyday stuff that gives you those premature gray hairs.
Get yourself a mentor
Find someone who you can talk to when you’re faced with a problem. One that can give you advice because they’ve been there themselves and through the other side. Hearing from someone who’s been there before that it gets better makes a huge difference. It’s important to note here that I didn’t say coach. I think there’s a big difference here between what a mentor offers and what a coach offers. Personally I haven’t found coaching works for me.
Accept that you can’t do it all on your own
Do you really need to enter in every single invoice in your accounting program yourself? No. Do you have to create the website yourself and even write the copy? Probably not. Outsource as much as you can. There are many resources out there like Airtasker, Fiverr or Upwork that make it easier to get outsource tasks. Every minute you can spare by getting someone else to take a task off your hands is a minute you can spend to find that next client, or make that next sale.
I hope these tips show you that you do not have to go through this roller coaster entrepreneurship ride by yourself. Don’t make things harder on yourself than it has to be because there are a lot more people willing to help you that might just surprise you.