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Avoiding Entrepreneur Burnout

January 22, 2013

One of the traits of being an entrepreneur is having the patience, ability and proper organization to work around the schedules of your customers and your employees. It is up to you to establish schedules, and work around the schedules of others. It is a complicated and a usually unavoidable process. Especially as a start-up, and often home-based business, you’ll do anything to get a job done. But what happens, when you as the entrepreneur want (or need) to take a vacation?

Planning your own time off is one of the toughest parts of being self-employed. It’s no surprise that most new entrepreneurs totally avoid taking vacations within the first few months or even years. Many times the start-up business is a part-time one: a small business begun evening and weekends; the perfect time for a commercial cleaning business. However, even the self-employed are human, and just because you are your own “boss” now does not mean you don’t need to strike a positive balance between life and work.

Long Term Thinking

Being an entrepreneur and striving to maintain a healthy life/work balance will allow you to produce better results for your business in the long term. As an entrepreneur, running a successful small business does requires great attention; it is not surprising though is that entrepreneurs who don’t take much time off often suffer entrepreneur burnout. Taking time off is essential for any new or seasoned entrepreneur to prevent burnout, while re-energizing the mind to keep it sharp and innovative.

 Know When to Take Time Off

By taking time off for yourself, you’re also setting a good example for your employees by encouraging time off to re-energize. Furthermore the absence of the boss (you) leads to more responsibility for the employees and promotes career development. Your employees will have the opportunity to tackle some tasks that are typically handled by you.

 Proper Staff Training

Properly training your employees will lead to a much easier transition of tasks in the future when you may want to step away from the business. In the ideal Work to find employees to want to become supervisors or part of management and be ready to take over when you’re away.

Remember, a balanced professional life and personal life will reduce the risk of you burning out for you and your employees. And with careful planning it can enhance the long term success of the business.

 

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