Adjusting to Your Business Takes a Few Years to Calm Down

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Adjusting To Your Business Now

If you are new running a small business, you may feel overwhelmed and stressed out. Adjusting to your business will take time. It won’t happen overnight.

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That first year in business is the most stressful. Having to rely only on yourself to generate an income is scary! You may wonder where your clients will come from and if they will pay you on time.

Of course, if you planned in advance you would have some cash to get you through those first few months.

Having to rely only on yourself to generate an income is scary! #smallbusinesstips Click To Tweet

Learn How To Adjust To Your Business So You Don’t Burn Out

That was my first 2 years. Always working away. Getting up at 2 or 3 am to start the day. Some days I worked right until 7 or 8 pm at night.

Oftentimes, I’d eat lunch at the computer unless I was out visiting clients. Then I would eat on the drive to save time.

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As I’m entering my 3rd year in business full time I began to make a shift. I sleep a little later, starting my day more near 5 a.m. and finishing the work day by 5 or 6 pm. I started to feel better and become more creative in my client work.

Reading blog posts like this one from The Personal Growth Channel have made me realize that I had to make some changes. I knew I would burn out if I continued to do it ALL So, learn from me and don’t do it all yourself in your business.

Readings posts like this one from The Personal Growth Channel would make me realize I had to make some changes. #smallbiztips @growth_channel Click To Tweet

Adjusting To Your Business for Your Health

Now, working all the time is not the best for your health. Especially if you are sitting a lot for hours on end. I started to have issues with my back with a herniated disk and had to get costly injections.

After all, I thought to myself it was only a few years ago I walked a 26 mile marathon. Now I could barely walk. Yes, hard to believe!

Not only that, but according to Better Health, sitting or lying down for too long increases your risk of chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Too much sitting can also be bad for your mental health. Being active is not as hard as you think.

There are lots of simple ways to include some physical activity in your day. One that I loved to do is walk the dog.

walk the dog to take a break from your business

So, be sure you do take a break and walk around and don’t sit for hours on end. You will thank yourself later 🙂

So, be sure you do take a break and walk around and don't sit for hours on end. #workingfromhome Click To Tweet

Hire Some Help

You really can’t do it all alone if you are working 10 or more hours per day. That was something I learned quickly as I was adjusting to being in business for myself. I hired a few freelancers within the first few months.

However, they did not all last. I had to do training and those that were doing the work didn’t have their hearts into it. So, I’ve had several freelancers since and now have a better feel for who is more qualified and likely to do the work.

Another tip is always to have someone in the wings as people have life situations that may take them away from work. Some have sick children, others may elderly parents to tend to. And, others may become sick themselves.

It’s better to have an extra freelancer or employee than having to do everything yourself when life gets in the way. And you know, life does get in the way sometimes!

Look for someone too that can take over the business someday if you go on a vacation for an extended time period or if you decide to retire from the business.

It's better to have an extra freelancer or employee than having to do everything yourself when life gets in the way. And you know, life does get in the way sometimes! #businesstips Click To Tweet

Adjusting to Your Business Clients

Now, another lesson I’ve learned in the first 2 years is that it is okay to fire a client too. Not all clients are created equal.

If you are spending more time on one client to please them and nothing you are doing is pleasing them, it is time to move on. Don’t waste time on this one!

One of the advantages of being in business for yourself is that you get to pick who to work with. You can pick and choose your clientele. This one tip will keep you and your business much calmer.

If you are spending more time on one client to please them and nothing you are doing is pleasing them, it is time to move on. #businesstips Click To Tweet

Charge Enough to Make Money for Your Business

Always remember, you are in business to make money. Of course, it’s natural to want to help people. Especially today with the pandemic crisis that hit back in March. Some businesses need more help than others.

But if you don’t charge enough, you will begin to resent the work and that is not good for you, your clients or your business.

how much to charge for your services or products

If you are unsure of rates, charge a little higher.

But if you don't charge enough, you will begin to resent the work and that is not good for you, your clients or your business. #businesstips Click To Tweet

Save Time For Learning New Things

One of the things you may not realize is that you will need time to learn new things for your business. One of the things I quickly realized is that when I taught social media classes is that I had to learn more each time as things changed dramatically.

Learning is a never ending cycle, the more you learn, the more you know you need to learn.

Today, that is common for all types of businesses. Things change quickly!

You will need to keep up with the changes as your business may need to pivot and grow with them.

Today, that is common for all types of businesses. Things change quickly! #businesstips Click To Tweet

Year 3 Adjusting is Realizing It Will All Get Done

I’ve come to realize that it will all get done in time. I don’t have to work from dawn to dusk to make it happen. The same goes for you, you just have to work a little smarter.

Learning your best times of day to work is really important to getting the harder things done. Also knowing when you procrastinate and when you need some aid are important to understand. Being calmer in your business as time goes on helps you to balance your business and your life.

Lastly, don’t forget to take some time off from time to time and take a vacation. Being able to totally shut off from your business will help you focus better when you return to it.

As we know, life’s too short for all work and no play.

Learning your best times of day to work is really important to getting the harder things done. #biztips Click To Tweet

Finally, your turn

I’d love to know how you are doing in your small business today. Did it take you a few years to adjust? What tip has made the best impact on you for your business?

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Lisa
 

Lisa Sicard has been running Inspire To Thrive for over 9 years. She helps companies manage their social media as well as providing training and consultations. She has over 25 years in digital marketing experience.

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