How to Avoid Burnout as a Small Business Owner [Contributed Blog]

It’s no secret that running a business can be challenging and that it at times results in entrepreneurial burnout. As an entrepreneur, everything can hinge on the decisions you make and the work you do every day, so it can seem necessary to burn the candle at both ends. But when there’s no time for rest, you’re bound to burn out. Taking some down time away from your work can ensure you stay confident in your work and motivated to achieve. Mastering the challenges that come along with managing a business isn’t something that will happen overnight. Every new stage of business brings its own challenges, and the possibility of burnout. Thankfully, there are a few key practices to keep in order to avoid entrepreneurial burnout.

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Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether you’re stumped on how to get your idea off the ground, or you’re not sure who your next hire should be, you can always look to others for advice. The most successful business owners rely on their mentors for guidance and their team for feedback.

Practice healthy boundaries. Even if you’re responsible for the overall success of the company, this doesn’t mean you have to do everything yourself, all the time. Delegate tasks to employees you trust, say no when a project isn’t a fit for you, and stick to set working hours. Make time for yourself outside of the business by finding outsourcing some of the work, and remembering to mentally turn off at the end of the day.

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Remember why you began in the first place. It can be easy to get caught up in maximizing results, but it’s important to remember to enjoy the process.

For more tips on how to avoid entrepreneurial burnout, check out this infographic below by Fundera:

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Entrepreneurial Burnout

Meredith Wood:
Meredith is Editor-in-Chief at Fundera. Specializing in financial advice for small business owners, Meredith is a current and past contributor to Yahoo!, Amex OPEN Forum, Fox Business, SCORE, AllBusiness and more.

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