Toughest Part of Being an Entrepreneur
Part of being an entrepreneur is having the patience, ability and proper organization to work around the schedules of your customers and your employees. You have to establish schedules, work around others and work around the ever competitive schedules of others. This a complicated and a totally unavoidable process. What happens, when you as the entrepreneur want’s to take a vacation?
Planning your own time off is one of the toughest parts of being an entrepreneur. It’s no surprise that most new entrepreneurs totally avoid taking vacations within the first few months or even years. However, even entrepreneurs are human, and just because you’re self employed now does not mean you don’t need to strike a positive life/work balance.
Many new entrepreneurs make them selves available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. They don’t include them selves in company schedules, simply because they are already there and working. Even though entrepreneurs devote their full attention to their business, they do deserve time off to refresh and re-charge the batteries.
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 over the long haul. As an entrepreneur running a successful small business requires full attention, not surprisingly though is that entrepreneurs who don’t take much time off often leads to entrepreneur burnout. It’s no wonder that making time to take time off is essential for any new or seasoned entrepreneur to prevent burnout, while re-energizing to keep the mind sharp and innovative.
Know When to Take Time Off
By taking time off for your self, you’re also setting a good example for your employees by encouraging time off to re-energize. It’s been proven over and over that burnout employees and bosses don’t bring their “A” games due to stress and anxiety. 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 need to step away from the business. Furthermore, you as the entrepreneur who’s the face behind the business will feel more at ease. Not all employees are willing to take on more added responsibility and running the show when you’re gone. In the ideal situation the bare necessity would be to find two employees 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 can enhance the long term success of the business.