Work-life balance is important. However, when you decide to work for yourself, you might be under the impression that you won’t be working long hours, that your stress levels will decrease and that you will have more time to spend with your nearest and dearest. But in the beginning that definitely won’t be the case. And it’s quite likely that initially, you’ll find yourself tired, feeling a little defeated and at risk of burnout.
Working for yourself can actually cause you more stress. You’ll no longer have the security of a steady paycheck, office support, or a structured daily routine. You instantly become responsible for everything… including your success!
While this may sound daunting, keep in mind the success you can achieve will far outweigh the stress you’ll endure. However, in the meantime, it’s important that you work to create work-life balance.
your home can also be your office
If you have gone freelance, don’t rent office space. It’s a waste of money at this point. Instead, work from home. Create a designated space that is just for your work. Be sure that it’s as welcoming and aesthetically pleasing as it is a productive space.
make time for self-care
Take a day, or a half-day, off each week. Use this personal time to rest, recuperate and recharge without guilt. If you don’t start scheduling self-care into your calendar, you risk burnout. Being physically exhausted and mentally foggy is how human error, frustration, and mistakes start to happen.
self-care is an important, but often overlooked, component to creating work-life balance
Instead, allow yourself to truly be in the moment during your self-care day. Spend time with friends or family, indulge in a hobby, or simply relax at home. Read a book, go for a walk, clear your head and focus on other aspects of your life. Your new business is important, but so is your health and well being.
get help… when needed
While you may be okay with taking on sole responsibility for every aspect of your business; remember, you don’t have too. Especially the tasks that you’re not proficient in and even mundane tasks that keep you from being productive.
- Consider hiring a freelancer to create your marketing graphics and brand identity.
- If you find that you’re spending a lot of time talking to customers or fielding inquiries, find a professional answering service.
- Need help packing orders? Hire a teen in your neighborhood or a local college student on an as-needed basis.
- If you need help at home, consider a housekeeper or finding a good meal prep service.
No matter what don’t be afraid to get help when needed. You, and your business, deserver the best!