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Slow Down Before You Fall Down! 4 Ways To Prevent Entrepreneur Burnout

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by | Jun 6, 2018

There’s no denying that running your own business is an incredibly liberating and life affirming experience. There’s no better or more noble way to make a living than by taking your life and your livelihood into your own hands and going into business for yourself. Why waste away in a job where you’re undervalued, underappreciated and underpaid when you can live and work and succeed or fail entirely on your own terms? Entrepreneurship is not only a means by which you can make a living doing what you love and are passionate about, it’s also great for the economy and enables you to be a role model for aspirational and business minded young people trying to make it behind you.

However, it is not a decision to be made lightly. Entrepreneurs don’t get paid vacation time and while they are technically free to determine their own working hours, they often struggle to achieve a reasonable work / life balance. If they’re not careful they can run the risk of not only burning out but alienating their spouses and kids. Thus, all entrepreneurs must look for opportunities to reduce their stress levels and help them to make time for their spouses, families and friends. Not only will this ensure that you enjoy a better quality of life, your business and your employees will also benefit.

Learn when to outsource

You will likely be keen to keep as much of your operation “in house” as possible. Your brand means a lot to you and you want to exert as much control over every facet of your business as possible. However, this mode of thinking can be counterintuitive. Sometimes, it’s easier to outsource. For example, entrusting your IT infrastructure to a third party provider like Kosh Solutions will enable you to scale up your infrastructure as your business grows, thus reducing wasteful spending. It also enables you and your employees to spend more time playing to your strengths for the good of your business rather than doubling up on roles and compromising the quality of your / their work.

Trust your employees

It’s all too easy to become the kind of helicopter entrepreneur who’s forever standing over their employees’ shoulders, micromanaging everything they do. It’s vitally important that you can entrust your employees to keep your business in safe hands should you need to take some time off for a business trip or *gasp* even a vacation. If you have any reservations about this whatsoever, perhaps you need to revisit your training procedures. When your employees are comprehensively trained, empowered and trusted they will give you the peace of mind to know that your business will still thrive without you.

Exercise and meditate

Being an entrepreneur is inherently stressful. No matter how competent, dedicated and passionate your employees are, they’ll simply never share the personal investment that you have in your business because their personal and financial fates are not as inextricably tied to your business’ success as yours. It’s incumbent upon you to take steps to manage your stress before it causes you to burn out. Exercising regularly is a great way to manage stress levels while daily meditation can help you to order your mind, organize your thoughts and maintain a healthy and positive mental state.

Finally… Stop feeling guilty for enjoying your free time!

It’s only natural that you will worry about your business when your off site, but it’s important to retain a little perspective. Your family and your quality of life are even more important so you don’t need to feel guilty for spending quality time with them or enjoying a little alone time.

xoxo, Karmen K

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