Earlier in the week, I gave you some signs that it might be time to close down your business. One major factor I’ve personally seen in small businesses is burnout. It’s not surprising, because as a craft business owner you wear so many hats: Designer, Creator, Researcher, Accountant, Tax Filer, Customer Service Representative, Shipper, Web Designer, Social Media Manager, and so many more. Today, let’s look at ways that you can prevent burnout in your small business.
6 Ways to Prevent Burnout in Your Craft Business
- Create and stick by office hours. Nearly every entrepreneur I’ve ever talked to works more hours in their business than they would if they worked for someone else. (Myself included!) Since we are naturally driven people, we need to remember there is more to life than our business. One good way to tackle this is by setting clear work hours. I’ve gone into great length about the importance of this in this post.
- Use a schedule during the day, but change it up once in a while. Schedules are great – I honestly live and die by mine – but monotony can set in from doing the same thing over and over again day in and day out.
- Change up your products. This goes hand in hand with number 2. While it might sound like more work, change up the products you offer once in a while. Creating the same thing over and over can lead to serious burnout.
- Don’t procrastinate. I’m sure there are tasks in your business that you don’t enjoy doing (hello, accounting!). However, stop the urge to procrastinate and keep up with unenjoyable tasks. If you don’t they can snowball into huge projects and leave you with a feeling of burnout.
- Seek help when you are overwhelmed. If you are buried in things to do, call in an older child, family member, or friend to help conquer your to do list. Remember to pay them accordingly, even if it is just in free product. Similarly, if a task is too hard (like designing a logo or building a website) hire someone to take care of it for you.
- Treat yourself. I’m not talking about a full out spa day every other day, but treat yourself once in a while. From grabbing a fancy coffee at the local shop or bingeing on your favorite Netflix show for an entire day – find something that you enjoy doing and regularly do it as a reward for your hard work.
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