How To Balance Entrepreneurship
You have to find balance if you want to succeed at being an entrepreneur.
I am an entrepreneur. I have been in business for myself for the past eleven years. I am a single mom of four children. I had to learn how to find balance in my life if I wanted to be successful and keep my sanity. In this post, I am going to share with you some tips that I have found helpful in balancing family and business.
As I stated earlier, I am a single mom. My kids are 16, 9 and 3; with the latter being twins. So, I have to balance teenage problems, tween problems, preschooler problems, and everything in between, with running my own business from home.
I own a publishing and media company. We publish books, manuals, guides, and also create content for company blogs and websites. My company also does a lot of audiovisual work in the form of course creation. Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming, being a mom and entrepreneur; I would be lying to you if I said that it wasn’t at times. But one thing I have learned is that you must take some time for yourself. You can’t be superman, that person is not real. You have to allow your body to rest; or your body will make you give it some rest. Sometimes I think we as entrepreneurs push ourselves way too hard. Yes, we want success, but you won’t be able to enjoy the success if you haven’t made time to take care of yourself. Learn to listen to your body. If you need to take a break, then by all means, take a break. If you need to turn down a few clients, do it. I had to learn to say no to people even when I felt like I really needed the money. My sanity is worth a whole lot more than a couple thousand dollars.
You also need to leave work at work. I don’t care what anyone says, you can’t work 24/7. You need to establish working hours and when those hours are over, you need to close up shop and step away. I have seen people turn spare closets into offices just so that they can close the doors at the end of the day and leave the office. I actually converted a space in my bedroom into an office, using cute draperies to section it off from the rest of the room.
Another thing that I do is schedule breaks throughout the day and I stick to my working schedule. Think about it: if you work for someone, you have a set time that you actually spend working; so, why would you do anything different in your own business? I will say that being an entrepreneur does allow for you to deviate from the schedule just a little, but I wouldn’t do it to often. I take my lunch break outside of my office space, simply because I would have to do that at work. When I used to work at a nursing home, we had two fifteen minute breaks and a thirty minute lunch. I do the same kind of thing now, only my lunch is for an hour and I take two thirty minute breaks for power naps.
Knowing when to ask for help also helps a ton. My mom is there to help me with my twins so that I can focus on work. You may have to find someone who will be willing to come into your home and help with your kids, or, take your kids to daycare for the hours that you have designated as work hours. If you need help with office work, depending on your budget, consider hiring someone. You could hire a virtual assistant to help you with the tasks that keep you from doing actual income producing activities.
These are just a few of the things that you can do to find balance in entrepreneurship. In my future posts, I will share more ways to help you with entrepreneurship and working from home, if you’re like me. Be sure to subscribe to my blog if you want to be in the loop of when I make a new post, which I plan to do at least three times a week.
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