How to Stay Motivated and Avoid Burnout as Your Own Boss

by Lois Leonard

2 min read

From prospecting for customers and clients to managing workers, you have a lot on your plate as a new small business owner. With so many responsibilities, it’s easy to lose focus and succumb to burnout if you lack a solid plan to keep yourself motivated and inspired. Consider the following useful tips to prevent burnout and stay on track for success.

Hire Help

You may not have a budget to pay employees full-time salaries, but that doesn’t mean you have to build your business alone. If you have a overwhelming number of tasks to get done, consider delegating some of the work to a temp. For example, as a solopreneur, you probably don’t have time to handle tedious tasks such as populating a database of potential business contacts in your area, but a temp with basic computer skills can do the job for you. The same goes when it comes to beefing up your online presence. Maybe you’re a busy software developer, but writing blog posts isn’t your strong suit and you don’t have time to share links to your blog in social media. Should such be the case, you can turn to online resources for small businesses such as Upwork, Guru, and Fivver to find contractors in Canada or abroad to help you get important work done in a timely manner. Come tax time, easy-to-use online bookkeeping software can help you prepare you taxes without pulling your hair out.

Break Up Your Workday

Your small business is your baby. You probably could spend 24 hours a day, seven days a week, doing everything possible to make it a success. In spite of your enthusiasm, it’s important to schedule time off. It may not be possible to take an extended beach vacation when your business is in its infancy, but you can do small things to avoid burnout, such as:

  • Limit your working hours to around eight in a day.
  • Take at least one day off per week.
  • Take regular breaks during the workday.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat healthy meals and snacks.
  • Get enough sleep.

It’s also a good idea to unplug completely – just for a short while – to stay motivated. Consider engaging in a relaxing hobby you truly enjoy. Doing nothing at all is also a perfectly reasonable way to unplug. For example, sitting on your balcony or veranda enjoying the view or watching your favorite comedy show are effective ways to regain your energy and focus.

Remind Yourself Why

You run the risk of losing sight of why you started your business if you fail to take a step back. To stay motivated, it’s a good idea to connect to a community of your peers. For example, you might join a mastermind group to get feedback and brainstorm ideas with people who understand your challenges as a small business owner. Taking workshops to enhance your skills is an effective way to stay motivated. You can also create a vision board with images of people and things that motivate you, and place the board in your work area to remind you why you started your business. Burnout does not have to be inevitable just because you own a small business. For long-term success, it’s important to learn how to stay energized and motivated early on.

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