When you work for someone else, they set your working hours and your breaks. When you work for yourself it can be so hard to switch off and find balance. Why? Because sometimes you don’t have any other choice! When you’re a small-business owner, your brain doesn’t start working at nine and finish at five and if you want to be successful, those first few years in business are tough and require your constant attention. You can’t afford to hire staff. You can’t afford to have days off. Everything comes back on you and you’ve got no choice but to make sacrifices to succeed.
But the statistics don’t lie. Being a small-business owner can take its toll on your physical and mental health. One study of over 400 small-business owners from 2017, found that 85 per cent of respondents took their work home with them and work-related problems kept them awake at night. Another study found that 40 per cent were struggling to juggle everything themselves and 22 per cent were experiencing loneliness and isolation.
What I do know that works from my past four years in business is that you are the only person who can create your work-life balance and set your working hours/limits/rules. And it takes serious discipline to stick to, every day. As a solo small-business owner in the social media area, these are some of the strategies I employ with technology to maintain a healthy balance between my business and my personal life. Here’s what works for me:
Brooke Vulinovich, Social Media Expert, www.villamanagement.com.au