There are plenty of benefits to owning your own business; being able to set your hours and rules are the main ones. However, for all the benefits, it can also be extremely challenging. It can be lonely and isolating, and on top of that, when you have piles of stuff that all need dealing with at that very moment, it can be overwhelming and stressful. It is important to keep in mind, especially when you are first starting out that even the most successful CEO’s and business owners give themselves a break once in a while, and look for tools and routines to make their jobs, and therefore their lives, a little easier. Here are just a few ways you can do it.
Hire an assistant
An assistant, whether virtual or real life, can help you take on all of those tasks that are essential, but take time away from the jobs that allow you to grow your business and engage with potential customers and clients. They can do things like keep on top of your emails, sort out social media scheduling and send out and chase up emails.
Automate Where Possible
As we mentioned above, an assistant will help you out with many tasks, but another way of taking the heat off you is to automate as many tasks as possible. If you are choosing to do invoicing or payroll yourself, there are various pieces of software out there to do it for you, and social media can be scheduled and pushed through automatically. If you have a call center, robotic process automation can make it easier and more productive for you.
This can be a lot harder than it sounds, especially in the early days of your business as we are told to put 110% effort in all of the time. However, if you do want to be efficient and productive, it is crucial to learn when to say no. If you take too much on, you are going to be spreading yourself and your talent very thinly and possibly not do quite as good a job, which can obviously negatively impact your business.
Delegate and outsource
We have talked about automating some tasks and handing some work over to automation, but there are other ways to spread the workload out. This may be things like photography, marketing, search engine optimization, website design and development. It may obviously cost you money to start with, but the benefits will be worth it. Look for agencies and freelancers who can take on these tasks. They usually work remotely and on an ad-hoc basis, saving you money in office space and benefits such as holiday pay.
While your business is important to you, and you have to pour your heart and soul into it, it is essential that it does not take over your entire life. If you take on too much, you will burn out, and not only will your business suffer, but your personal life and health too.