How Not to Burnout as a Business Owner

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Running a business is not for the faint of heart. Not only do you have the stress of making sure the daily operations of your business are going well, you have the pressure of paying bills, bookkeeping, doing taxes, ensuring employees are happy and productive. This doesn’t include issues that may be going on in your personal life.

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With all of these things riding on your shoulders, it’s easy to get burned out—even if you love what you do and wouldn’t trade it for the world. But you’re not alone! Countless business owners struggle with this.

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To help, we’ve compiled a list of our best tips to prevent burnout as a business owner.

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Delegate

It’s hard to loosen the reins on something you worked so hard to build but delegating certain tasks will save you a ton of time and keep you from a burnout. Identify which tasks are the most time-consuming and the least enjoyable and hire someone you trust to take over them for you.

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If your energy can be better spent somewhere else, free yourself up to focus on those things and feel a weight roll off your shoulders.

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Seek Counsel

There’s a saying that goes “every psychiatrist needs a psychiatrist”. The idea is that no one is above help. Everybody needs somebody to talk to even if you’re a professional in your field. The same goes for you as a business owner. Seek counsel from a veteran business owner—someone whose been there, done that and can give you some helpful tips or just be a listening ear.

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Take Time to Take Care of Yourself

The quickest way to a burnout is not taking time off. Don’t feel guilty about it…take a few days or  a week off and do something fun, or just relax, recharge and clear your head. You’ve hired people to help run your company, now trust them to run it efficiently while you’re gone.

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Humans aren’t robots. We can’t keep running without stopping, resting and recharging our batteries. The healthier and happier you are, the better you’ll run your business.

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Find a Business Partner

This is easier said than done but it’s worth pursuing. Find a business partner to share the load. For more than the purpose of splitting tasks, having a business partner helps combat loneliness, which many business owners admit to experiencing.

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In Conclusion

Owning a business, while stressful, is an extremely exciting and rewarding career. By taking care of your mental and physical well-being, you’ll be able to enjoy the ride without a burnout. Be well and thrive.

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