As a small business owner, it can often feel like you’re wearing a million and one hats, constantly juggling the seemingly endless responsibilities of entrepreneurship. Its lots of fun and you’ll learn a great deal as you go, but the truth is that it can also be overwhelming and take its toll on you emotionally. One of the best ways to keep on going is to free up some of your time – below, we’ve put together some of the best strategies that will give you a boost.
Know when to outsource
It’s natural to want to do everything for your small business, but it’s just not possible. As you grow and your workload increases, you should consider the benefits of hiring external support to ensure you can operate safely and efficiently. From an accountant to manage your books to a company offering facilities management services such as cleaning and maintenance, there’s so much that you can offload to the professionals, saving you time. It’ll not come naturally to you to want to give responsibility to someone else, but once you’ve handed over the reins and built up trust with a freelancer or business, it’ll become easier.
Don’t be afraid to say “no”
Whether it’s an invitation to a party or a request from a client that would take up too much of your time, it’s important to learn how to say “no”. It doesn’t make you a bad person, and you won’t lose friends over it – but it’s critical if you want to have enough time to breathe and relax on an evening. Knowing how and when to say no to requests and offers will give you clarity over running your business and ensure that you’re not working every day of the week.
Take on an assistant
Whether you’re a one-man-band or you’ve already got a team working for you, now could be the time to take on a personal assistant or an executive to manage your day-to-day duties. It can be daunting to think that someone else would answer your calls, check your emails, and speak to your customers, but it can give you a new sense of confidence and freedom and make life much easier. For instance, rather than being bombarded with calls and emails every ten minutes, your assistant can handle it for you, so you can focus on the good stuff.
Bake it into your schedule
2020 changed the way we work forever, with many professionals now favouring remote work over office life. And though it brought about with it a number of positive changes, it also made us more likely to work longer hours and into the weekend. If you’re feeling tempted to do some overtime or you’re pushing things back, book it into your schedule that you’re going to have one or two days off per week. Relaxation is so important for your mental health and your performance at work – if you keep going without a break, you’ll struggle to perform at your best. Know when to take some time off and make sure it’s accounted for in your diary.
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