Are you building a business or creating another job for yourself?
So many of us dream of working for ourselves, being our own boss, and having the freedom to only take on the wedding clients and projects we love.
However, as we grow we may start to realise, that there is a huge difference between building a business and being self-employed…..!
Business owners look to scale their income. Self-employed people trade £’s for hours.
Business owners leverage the skills and talents of others. Self-employed people rely only on their own skills.
Business owners invest in themselves and are always looking to learn and grow. Self-employed people believe they are too busy to even think about investing in their growth.
It’s the pitfall most business owners fall into.
Every business owner started out self-employed. Just don’t stay there.
Because if this resonates with you I can bet you probably feel like you’ve just created another job for yourself but your new “boss” doesn’t give you a raise or much time off!
So, I hope some of these tips below will help you build a sustainable business instead of just another job.
Don’t Try to Do It All Yourself
Building a sustainable business requires that you leverage the talents and time of others. While it might seem cost-effective to simply do everything yourself—especially in the start-up phase when you likely have more time than money—it’s a path to burnout and stress.
Instead, separate your tasks into those that you love and are especially suited for (such as marketing) and those you dislike and aren’t good at. Then make a solid plan to get those that you aren’t good at off your list of things to do. If you feel like you can’t afford to outsource it all right now, start with what you tend to procrastinate the most on, even if it’s just a few hours each month. You’ll be amazed at how your business will grow when you’re not trying to do it all yourself.
Don’t Allow Yourself to Work All the Time
The trouble with working at home is that you live at work. And that means that there’s no clear line in the sand between your work day and your home life.
Since there’s always work to do, it’s easy to find yourself working every available moment—often to the detriment of your family relationships.
You can help avoid this by:
· Setting—and maintaining—clear work hours
· Having an office with a door you can close when you’re done
· Scheduling time for family and other activities (put it in your calendar!)
· Taking time for yourself. Even if that’s just 10 mins with a cuppa!
Holidays and Downtime Are Important
Don’t create a business that requires you to be “in the office” every day. At the start, you may need to be available more, but you should definitely be planning for the day when you can have time off for holidays without breaking into a cold sweat at the mere thought of leaving your business.
· Have trusted contractors who can handle things when you’re not available. Perhaps it’s a VA to answer enquiries when you are away for example.
· Leverage automation tools such as autoresponders and social media planning tools.
· Create repeatable systems so you’re not always re-inventing the wheel.
While you might not be able to hit the road with no internet access for weeks at a time, at the very least you should be able to reduce your workload to a daily check-in.
Sound impossible? It’s not. With some forethought and planning, you can run your business without becoming overwhelmed and overworked.
Let me know what you struggle the most with?
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