GUEST BLOGGER: Finding the work/life balance when starting a business

Creating a business from scratch is not easy. It takes a lot of drive, goal-setting and most importantly: TIME. When you’re seeing your business grow from the ground up, it makes you want to say yes to everything. Soon, however, all the hours in the day disappear, and you lose precious family time or even just personal leisure time.

At first, it might feel like you have unlimited stores of energy that you can dedicate to your business (the excitement is real!) but if you’re not careful, too much work will start to wear on you.

Here are some important tips to keep in mind while creating a work/life balance:

  1. Know When The Work Day is Over

We are so connected to our devices! If you’re starting a new business, it’s seems natural to be your own 24-hour network. But shutting things off for the night is essential. In order to be more productive in the future, it’s best to set a time where you switch off business and focus on winding down. Not only will this help you sleep better, it will give you an opportunity to build discipline in finding the work/life balance we all crave.

  1. What are Your Time-Wasters?

What do you do in the day that is productive towards your goals? It can be little things, like posting a brand-relevant message on Facebook, or sending out a few introductory emails. Social media is PIVOTAL for business (I know a thing or two about that…), but are you using it for too much leisure time? How much time do you spend scrolling down your Facebook feed during your precious “working hours”? Sometimes old habits die hard!

We all need to re-evaluate what is important in order to make sure our time is used to grow the business and spend quality time with people we love.

  1. Social Self Care is Very Important

Speaking of people we love: when you’re running a business, you often forget to take care of yourself! Simple things like diet and exercise are obvious – but what about social health? Don’t abandon your friends! Try your best to make plans and stick to them. It will help you stop focusing on work 24/7, and actually leave your office every now and then. Friends can be great supporters of your vision, by the way, and that support comes from building strong bonds.

  1. Make Small Achievable Steps

A brand new business is like having a new baby! You have to nurture it and give it plenty of attention. But you can’t do everything all at once and expect it to run smoothly. Are you spending 12 hours a day glued to the screen when you’re only aiming for 4? Quitting cold turkey will backfire. Try weaning yourself off, hour by hour, until you find the right workflow that fits for your blossoming company. You’ve probably heard the phrase “Work smarter, not harder.” Keep an eye out for efficient solutions that help you get your business off the ground without taking up all your time to do it.

There isn’t a formula for the perfect work/life balance. Everyone has different lifestyles, workflows and circumstances that create their own unique challenges. However, once you find that golden balance that works for you, your new business and your home life will thrive!

This is a guest post by Josh Elkin, founder of Best Coast Marketing a marketing agency that helps increase our clients’ traffic through organic link building. Josh enjoys writing about entrepreneurship, marketing, productivity and self-improvement.

Connect via email:  josh@bestcoastmarketing.com

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Time to realize…….

I am mighty.  I am strong.  I can do it all by myself!  Ummmmmm……pause…..think.  No, Tammy you can’t!!

lol okay so this is how most of us think when we are entrepreneurs, that we can do it all, we don’t need help.  Mostly we think this because we believe that we can’t afford to hire people to help us.  This was me for the last 5 years.  BUT NOT ANYMORE!!

I am here to tell you that you have to seriously look at this.  You have to understand what your strengths and weaknesses are and determine how it is affecting your business and you on a personal level.

I cram my weeks, Monday to Friday, with as much work as I can so that I can take weekends off.  However, sometimes I was working non-stop all day and into the late evenings, just to keep on top of things.  We find it hard to say “no” (which is something I have been working on as well) and we continue to take on more, more and more!!

Do you know how this is ultimately going to affect your business?  Do you realize that you open yourself up to burnout?  That you may want to just run away and give up on everything because you don’t believe you can ever reach your goals?

I recently hired a VA who helps me with different elements (like updating my website, adding captions to my YouTube videos) and I hired my daughter to help with some of my social media work.  WOW, all I can say, is what a difference it has made for me (and it has only been a couple of weeks).  I can now focus on what I am truly good at, can focus on building more relationships, taking on more clients, providing valuable information.  I can breathe, I can relax, I can reduce the hours into the evenings, I can eliminate the frustration.  AND guess what?  I do have the money BECAUSE when you hire others to help, you can bring in additional income from focusing on building the business, the clients.

So take some time, make a list of all the elements that make up what you do in your business and determine where you can hire someone to help.  AND just breathe……