Finding the Elusive Work/ Life Balance as a Business Owner

When you set up a business, it becomes everything to you. You pour in your blood, sweat and tears, you throw everything you have into it- after all, it’s success is solely in your hands. However as time goes on, it’s important to find the right balance and not let your work completely consume you. If you’re burned out and exhausted, you’re never going to do your best work, plus your personal life is going to suffer tremendously if you live just for your business. Here are a few ways you can find that all important work/ life balance when you run a business.

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Set Your Working Hours

You would have working hours if you were employed by someone else, so why wouldn’t you have them now you’re the boss? When you work for yourself, it’s easy for your work day to become any time that you’re not asleep, but that’s not a good idea. Decide which hours will be dedicated to work, and which will be for relaxing and your personal life. This means not coming home and chasing up emails, working in bed or getting up in the morning and jumping straight onto your computer. Setting a traditional Monday to Friday is one option, as then you have two days at the weekend to socialize, spend time with family and get some well-deserved rest. Working set hours (instead of all the hours of the day) means you could even fit in some part-time study time around your business. A master of business administration course for example could really help to boost your knowledge and understanding, and benefit your company in the long run.

Employ Staff (or More Staff) To Help

Are you currently juggling the workload of five people every day? When you stretch yourself too thin, you’re sure to make mistakes, miss things and could jeopardize the success of your company. Work out what the various roles are in your company and then employ people to do these jobs. Taking on another staff member is a big decision, especially if it’s your very first employee. But in order to grow (and not work yourself to the bone) it’s an essential step to take. Having a trusted employee who will do their job correctly allows you to take a step back from this area and not have the weight of the world on your shoulders!

Utilize Computer Software

Accounting software, collaboration software, and scheduling software all make tasks much quicker and easier than completing them manually. Getting jobs that would originally be time consuming and painstaking to do out of the way quickly frees up more time for you as a business owner. They will massively reduce your overall workload, and also mean you’re not paying staff for hours spent doing what a computer can do in a flash. Stop with the manual methods and do your research to work out what business software best suits what you need. This day in age, it’s something you absolutely have to get right.

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