You’re a business owner … which means the chances are very high that you have felt burnt out more than a good couple of times. How do I know? Because I have been a business owner for a few years myself. The problem with burn out is that it lasts for a few weeks and it takes a lot of mental and physical effort to get back on track! But here is the truth … our bodies and minds were not created to take so much stress and pressure, that’s why burn out occurs in the first place. But what do you do to change this? You have a business that needs to be run, money that needs to be made and clients that need to be taken care of, the business cannot slow down. Read on to find out how you can prevent this from happening to you (again).
It can be really hard to keep your tasks, workload and marketing of your business all on track on your own, it’s virtually impossible to do a good job of all of them, without losing your personal life, health and self-development endeavours. If you are anything like most business owners, you probably struggle with delegating and letting someone else take on your work. Trust me … I totally get it! Handing over your business to someone else is absolutely daunting to say the least. But here’s the thing, if you find the right person to delegate to, this will change the way your business and personal life go forward. Outsourcing is the way to get your business back and your life on track. It’s best to sit down and make a list of all the tasks you dislike doing and really do not have time for and make a decision as to which one of these areas you need to let go of (for example: administration), so that you can regain your sanity and take your life back again.
Once you know what it is you want to outsource, make sure that the process of delegation goes smoothly and productively. The number one way to do this is to make sure you set time aside to properly induct and train the person you are delegating to. Many business owners do not take the time to follow through with this process, which only creates confusion and overwhelm and most likely add even more stress to your already packed to-do list. Trust me take that hour or two to let the person know exactly what it is you expect from them and what outcomes you are looking for when utilising their services.
3) Financial Gain
It is a well-known fact that a lot of businesses do not want to spend money on outsourcing an aspect of their businesses out, as they feel like they would rather keep the money and do the job themselves. This in itself presents a massive problem at the end of the day, because it does not solve the problem of your time and wellbeing. For example, when you hire a Virtual Assistant for your small business, she will come in (virtually) and transform the way your day-to-day is run. Many people who hire Virtual Assistant’s don’t know how they coped before hiring a VA. This is because a good Virtual Assistant can actually help you make more money than you did before, making her cost seem very low. Let me explain … a Virtual Assistant’s job is to make your life easier and more manageable. She can handle your calendar, travel and email inbox. She can market your business for you on social media, she can manage your clients and so much more. As you can see the cost cannot compare to the return for you and your business.
4) Set Working Hours for Yourself
Being a business owner we know carries a huge amount of responsibility and weight. It is tempting to burn the candle on both ends well on 18 hours a day, cancel weekend plans and work through the night, but again all of this adds to the negative affect this has on you as a person and at the end of the day … you are your business and vice versa. So you have to put yourself first!
5) Set Down Time
When you have outsourced a person to assist you in your business, the chances are … that person can assist you to actually have your down time and not feel stressed to the max. How would it feel like to actually organise a holiday and go and enjoy yourself, without worrying that your whole business is falling to pieces? It would feel like heaven. It is a well known fact that the more you take care of yourself and your health, the better you will do and perform in your business.
6) Get Some Well-Earned Rest
Worrying and stressing about your business is pretty much natural when it comes to ensuring that your business does well and thrives, but the downsides of having a passion as strong as you do for your business is most likely causing you to toss and turn at night. The studies have always shown that disturbed and uneasy sleeping patterns wreaks absolute havoc the next day, not to mention the long-term damage that gets done. By outsourcing, you have someone by you side to walk this journey with you and get things done.
There truly are so many ways that you can avoid burnout and should this be something you suffer with in your own small business, I am here to help. I am a Virtual Assistant who assists entrepreneurs and small business owners with their tasks and workload. If you are serious about maintaining a balanced business and work life, you are more than welcome to reach out to me here: firstname.lastname@example.org . I look forward to hear from you.