Starting a new business is amazing! It’s exciting, challenging and its probably all you can think about as you plan your dream life of being your own boss.
You imagine working your own hours, having a lovely list of clients (who all pay on time!), and a beautiful office overlooking somewhere nice.
But how do you get there, and what happens in the meantime?
During their business journey, many people experience burnout as they try to do and be “EVERYTHING.”
Money is tight, so you will be responsible for the day to day running of the business, looking after accounts, marketing and paperwork… And there is plenty more!
In today’s world of so called “overnight success” stories, you know the ones, “How I made 20k in 2 hours!” business owners are under so much pressure to work day and night in their business, with the constant hustle that comes with it.
You can’t work like that!
Some typical symptoms of business burnout include:
• Running on empty (exhaustion)
• Anxiety and panic attacks
• Feeling overwhelmed (especially when you think about business growth)
• You don’t feel creative anymore
Working in your business is hard work and is an absolute necessity at the beginning of your journey but there will come a time when you need to step from outside your business, look at what is happening and make a plan to work on your business... Looking at ways you can grow and expand without the extra stress and worry.
Many business owners will battle on, burying their heads in the sand to avoid looking like a failure.
It doesn’t have to be this way! There are a number of ways to deal with burnout and stop it happening before you experience any of the above.
If you feel it’s already happening, STOP what you are doing and take notice of how you are feeling and why.
Taking a look at you as a person, what your plans and goals are is a great start.
Below are some things you can consider to avoid feeling burnout:
• Take care of you: If you are run down you will burn out faster. Make sure you get time to rest, enjoy hobbies and have some much-needed down time.
• Get back in touch with things you value: Is your business still fulfilling? Does it still have meaning? Where do you want it to go and why?
• Challenge yourself: If your business is in a rut, spice things up a bit! Tweak what you do, look at new ways to grow and explore new options. Franchising can be a great way to look at your current business, improve your systems and grow!
• Establish realistic expectations: Don’t be so hard on yourself. If you can afford to outsource, do it! Shorten your to do list and hand over some of the stuff you don’t like.
• Manage your time: Set regular business hours and stick to them. This will help you to get more done (Promise!)
• Don’t feel embarrassed to ask for help: You can’t do everything yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from professionals or friends.
Franchising your business can be an entirely new way to manage your business growth without experiencing burnout.
By creating robust and replicable systems, your business can grow without you having to work extra hours, have extra responsibility and can provide you with the ultimate passive income.
To find out if your business can be franchised, download our free PDF guide today, “5 things to consider before franchising your business.”