When you take the plunge and finally embrace working on your own as an entrepreneur, it can be an incredibly exciting time. After all, you suddenly have all of the freedom and responsibility that you were probably lacking when you were working as an employee.

Ha! Reality check — no such thing as freedom. 

A lot of people fail to realize just how much work goes into running any kind of successful business on their own. Because of this they often end up taking on far too much which puts them at serious risk of burning out.

Business owner burnout is one of those things that is incredibly common, but people don’t like to talk about that often. However, if you really want to create a successful entrepreneurial career, you’re going to need to take these simple pieces of advice in order to prevent exhausting yourself.

Hand things over

Just because you’re striking out on your own, doesn’t mean that you have to isolate yourself. There’s a big difference between being in control of your career and trying to handle everything yourself without ever taking on any outside help.

Most successful businesses become successful because they are willing to outsource certain tasks to other organisations. Whether it’s marketing, IT consulting, accounting, or any other part of your business, giving it to someone else is an incredibly useful way of giving yourself a much-needed break.

Not only that but you can be sure that those aspects of your business are in safe hands.

Plan ahead

It can be tempting to try and wing it when you’re running a small business. In the early days, that flying by the seat of your pants momentum can be enough to carry you forward, but the truth is that it’s simply not a viable working method for the long term.

You need to carefully plan every step that you make. Otherwise, you’re going to fall into the trap of becoming overwhelmed as well as missing and neglecting important tasks.

Learn to balance your life

The truth is that it’s often far too easy to let your business take over your life entirely. The old saying that goes “find a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life” simply isn’t completely true.

No matter how much you love your business, there will be days where you just need to take a break. If you don’t have a decent work/life balance figured out then not only are you going to end up totally exhausted, but you’re going to end up resenting your business for the time that it’s taken away from you.

It can be hard to try and take a step back from your business since you often have so much invested in it, both financially and emotionally, that you fear letting go of it even a little bit. However, if you really want the best for your business, you’ve got to put those fears aside and do what needs to be done.

If you’re burned out and exhausted, you’re going to be useless to your business. So every once in a while, take a break so that your health doesn’t have to suffer.

How have you been able to avoid burn out if you’re an entrepreneur or a part-time creative like me? Share below.

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