Business Owner in Need of Some “Me Time”?
Are you a small business owner becoming overwhelmed by your workload? Many of us underestimate how much we’re taking on when we start our own business, and it’s not uncommon to crumble under the pressure. If you’re trying to run your business all on your own, it can often feel like you’re doing a hundred different jobs at once, and you begin to wonder if you’ll ever get a moment to yourself again. For some, the balance between work and leisure becomes so off-kilter that they simply decide it’s not worth it anymore. With so many promising new businesses lost to this fate each year, what can you do to make sure yours isn’t one of them?
Limit Your Working Hours
When you run your own business, it can be difficult to switch off. It becomes the centre of your life, and seemingly seeps into every aspect of your world. When the fruits of your labour are all yours, it’s always tempting to just keep working into the night when there is extra money to be made or new business leads to chase. But it is essential that you set yourself limitations and stick to them, so make sure that those late nights don’t become the norm by setting yourself some strict working hours.
In order to stick to your new limited working hours, it is absolutely vital that you switch off. In this digital age, many people work from a portable office that fits right in your pocket – your mobile phone. These days there are no end of ways for your clients or customers to reach you, from texts and phone calls to emails and apps it can feel hard to escape. This is why it’s a great idea to have two mobile phones – one for business, one for pleasure. This way, you can turn of your business phone and ensure that you don’t get pulled back into work once your day is finished. If you’re concerned about missing opportunities or upsetting clients, why not make use of your voicemail and out of office. It only takes a few minutes each day to tailor it, so you can let your clients know exactly when they can expect to hear from you and what your working hours are.
If you feel like weekends away or family holidays are a thing of yore now that you run your own business, think again. This world of technology can also work in your favour, with ever-developing business aides now available at the click of a button. If you don’t have the money, the consistency of work or the office space to take on a full time employee, you might consider a virtual receptionist. Companies such as Message Direct offer a full virtual service, allowing your overflow calls to be directed straight to their call centre for handling. These companies offer a highly professional round-the-clock service, meaning you can provide excellent customer care whilst also taking some time to relax and enjoy yourself.
So if you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t crumble under the pressure. Follow these simple steps and get that much needed “me time” today.