Under Pressure! Avoiding The Entrepreneurial Lurgee
There are infinite business tips online how to deal with certain problems that every startup entrepreneur faces, but, arguably, a bigger problem that many entrepreneurs face is nothing to do with the business, but rather to do with themselves. Stress is a killer, and it needs to be addressed. If you are not running your business with the same sense of enthusiasm you once had, or you are finding certain circumstances infinitely stressful, you need to tackle these, because it’s not just you that will suffer, it will be your business too. So, how can you tackle stress while still keeping your business above water?
Getting Additional Help
It might not have even crossed your mind, but if you can get more hands on deck, especially when you are single-handedly trying to oversee the marketing, the production, not to mention making sure that everybody gets paid on time, it becomes overwhelming, and you could be heading for a mini breakdown. Help is something that many entrepreneurs are too proud to admit they need, and when the various stressful components pile on, and there are external issues that you have no control over and into the anxiety, you need to put contingency plans in place, which includes getting additional help. Whether it is getting cashflow finance suppliers to help bridge the gap between you and the late-paying clients, or delegating additional responsibilities to your coworkers, you should never be ashamed in asking for help. A problem shared is a problem halved.
Relaxing Your Mindset
Control is the operative word for many an entrepreneur, and if they can see the bigger picture, they can have overall control of how the picture is painted. However, some things are going to be out of our control and will stay that way. Relaxing your mindset is a momentous challenge, especially if you have a controlling nature, but you have to learn to relinquish this, and instead, be proactive when it comes to unforeseen circumstances. The best entrepreneur can deal with problems when they arise. And if you are unable to cope with this pressure, it will only be a matter of time before you succumb to stress. You can take advantage of spiritual practices, meditation, or breathing, whatever may relax you, but the important thing to remember is to learn how to accept that problems will occur.
Separating Your Work From Your Home Life
A common thread with entrepreneurs that are overworked is that they are unable to distinguish the difference between work and home life. When the boundaries are blurred, it can result in a multitude of personal problems, not least stress, for you and your loved ones. Passion for a company can override any sense of logical emotion at times, but it’s still important to define those boundaries between your work life and your home life. This is important for you because further down the line you will be grateful for the fact that you set boundaries so early. We all know the feeling of working a 60 hour week, and that it takes some time to reset ourselves back to normality. As an entrepreneur, you can feel like this all the time, so draw a line in the sand now.