If there is anything business owners and entrepreneurs have been told in recent years it’s that success can’t be found without immense suffering. You can’t be successful without working 24/7. How do you plan to reach your goals if you want to, dare I say, take a vacation? Work/life balance? Not a chance!
What happens when these business owners and entrepreneurs take this advice? They do it. They work 24/7, sacrifice hobbies, family time, anything else that brings them joy. They lose sleep, they may skip meals, and before you know it, they are burnt out. Productivity dips, numbers drop, and it feels like all that work has just gone down the drain.
How can working hard lead to burnout?
Working hard is one thing. Working beyond your limits is another. Hard work and dedication is needed when being a business owner or entrepreneur, that’s a given! Burnout occurs when individuals OVER work themselves and essentially bite off more than they can chew.
This usually happens in the early stages, when staff and funding is limited and the main goal is to get things off the ground and turn profit. Business owners and entrepreneurs often do most, if not all, of the work; marketing, sales, finance, etc. Doing several jobs all at once is time consuming and because of this, individuals often have to sacrifice things that can alleviate stress and help prevent burnout, such as family time and hobbies. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
So, what is the solution?
Simple - asking for help. It can be hard as a business owner or entrepreneur to ask for help. You may like things done a certain way and fear others cannot replicate or you may feel a sense of failure because you can’t manage what you initially thought you could. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but rather, a good thing! Business owners have to be level-headed and understand the ups and downs. The ability to understand where things may be going wrong within your business or personally is key.
Take some time to analyze day to day tasks. Figure out what is consuming the majority of your time, what is driving profit, what your strong suit is, what tasks are being left on the back burner, and what your weak spots are. Once you break this all down, it’s time to find the help you need!
Well, where exactly do I get this help?
Hiring extra hands is the best way to alleviate yourself of tasks that may be adding a bit too much to your plate. A cost effective method of help is hiring a virtual assistant. Virtual assistants are pretty much jacks (or jills) of all trades. They can aid with everything from email to payroll to social media. Virtual assistants can even help you access what is on your plate and help you better organize and assign your tasks for optimal performance.
What are the benefits of hiring a virtual assistant?
Where do we even begin?! Hiring a virtual assistant poses many benefits.
Long gone are the days where you have to run yourself into the ground to be successful. Working with a virtual assistant can help take daunting tasks off of your plate so you can focus on what’s most important - YOU. Say goodbye to hustle culture and HELLO to balance!