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Work-Life Balance for Small Business Owners

Written by Jacob Salem

Small business owners are the most often affected by work-life balance. When you run a business, you have to take care of many tasks and fulfill many roles for the company. Usually, it is more complex than a regular 9-5 job. 

Small business owners love what they do. However, it can be easy to get burnt out from working every day. Creating unique products, connecting with customers, and advertising can all be gratifying work, but they also take time and effort.

You can benefit from placing boundaries around your business if you’re a small business owner. Here are some ways to keep your business running smoothly and make time for yourself. 

Take a Moment to Pause

The first thing you can do is take a step back. Schedule some time at the beginning of your day to reflect on your feelings about yourself and your business. Think about what feels out of balance in your life. Are you spending too much time on social media and losing that creative spark? Do you wish you had more time with your family and friends? Simply acknowledging these parts of your life will benefit you in the long run.

Stick To a Stopping Point

Set up a time each day when you stop working. It can be tempting for small business owners to keep working because they know the more they put into their business, the more they will get out of it. While this is true, sticking to a routine and making time for yourself is essential. Everyone deserves time to relax during the day! If you tell yourself to stop working at 7 pm, stick to it daily. 

Schedule Days Off

Small business owners work daily, which means every day! Weekends included. That’s because running a business takes daily effort to keep momentum. Even though you work for yourself, you still need to give yourself time off. It is essential to give yourself time to rest before it becomes a problem and you’re running on empty. Give yourself regular breaks to do something you enjoy, like going to the beach for the day, getting a coffee and chatting with a friend, or visiting with family. 

Turn Off Your Phone

So much of the work we do these days is on electronics. Especially our smartphones. When you need to focus on a task, receiving messages can be distracting and make your work take longer. Set your phone to the “do not disturb” setting when you’re working and make the most of your time. It can also create a separation between your work and your personal life, which is hard to do when you’re running a small business. After a while, you’ll find that your mentality shifts into work mode when you’re productive, which will be a great feeling!

Delegate When You Can

If you’re able to delegate tasks, do it. Small business owners may struggle to feel like it’s “worth it” to pay for services they can do themselves, but you’ll feel better when you’re able to take time for yourself and get some things off your plate.

One of the most manageable tasks to delegate is your social media. We at EZMetrics have experts who can help you with your Google and Facebook Ads and much more. We’ll take over your online campaign to make things easier for you. Give us a call today to learn more!