When you choose to become an entrepreneur you choose to put your heart and soul into making your business a success. This means that you will often find yourself not taking any time for you.
You may think that this is for the best, after all, focusing on your business will really drive you forward to success.
The truth is, that your self-care is just as important as any other part of running a business or maintaining family life. But, it is still something that plenty of entrepreneurs seem to forget about.
We are here to encourage you to take a little bit of time for yourself, away from the hustle of running a business, and the strain of taking care of your family. All by telling you why self-care is the best thing for an entrepreneur to do!
The benefits of self-care
It is normal for us all to feel stressed out at times, especially if we are faced by an overwhelming situation. However, as an entrepreneur, chances are that you are going to find yourself in these situations on a regular basis. Taking time for yourself can really help to reduce those stress levels and make sure that when things really do go wrong, then you will be able to take it on the chin!
As people, we are only designed to be able to focus on something for a maximum of 45 minutes at a time. No matter the task. So, if you feel that you are lacking in focus, then the time has come to take a break. Just 10 minutes away from the computer can work wonders, and this just shows that self-care can be a quick fix when you are busy.
How to work it into your daily life
If you are busy, then it can be hard to let yourself have some me-time. Mainly for fear of not getting other important tasks done. But, the idea behind self-care is that it doesn’t have to be huge chunks of time.
One great way to ensure that you take care of yourself is to actually schedule it into your day. That way, you won’t have any excuse not to do it. Have a 15-minute break pencilled in during the morning and afternoon, and that way you will be having at least 30 minutes to yourself every day.
Don’t forget when you go to bed, that is the best time to indulge yourself a little bit. Rather than checking emails or replying to texts, make sure that you grab a book, or watch 20 minutes of TV. Whatever you love to do to unwind and get ready for some much-needed sleep.
Self-care is important for us all, but it becomes all the more vital for those that are spreading themselves thinly between career and family. The truth is, you can never have or do it all, so make sure that you look after yourself, and everything else should fall into place.
Jaelithe is a coach and author she works with girls and teenagers to help them have happy thoughts and a healthy body, so they know it’s good to be them. Jaelithe is a mum of three, she used to be a journalist and also worked in PR.
Jaelithe is a trained life coach, fitness coach, and nutritional advisor. She studied Psychology and NLP and loves helping girls have more confidence and self-esteem. Jaelithe is the author of ‘The Happy Woman: What You Can Learn from Kids, Dogs, and Men’ and she has just launched the PDF version of ‘The Happy Teenager: Fun Book.’
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Being a parentpreneur means that you have plenty to think about. How to run your business, how to increase sales and of course, how to balance all of that with spending time with your family.
With so much going on, some things that don’t seem too important to the everyday running of your business can be put on the back burner. One of these could include the insurance cover that you have.
This is a real mistake. It is important that every parentpreneur organises insurance. Otherwise, they could find themselves in a little bit (or perhaps even a lot) of trouble.
Not sure where to start when it comes to insurance policies? Let’s take a look at some of the insurance that you should be organising as a parentpreneur.
Liability cover is important for your business. This type of policy will cover any legal fees should anyone decide to sue you. It will also cover damage that occurs to someone while on your property or whilst using your products. You may think that the chances of you ever being sued is pretty minimal, but the reality is that it can and does happen to businesses, and whilst larger companies may be able to swallow up those costs, some of the smaller ones can really feel the burn if it happened to them and they were not covered.
It isn’t just your business that you need to protect. You really need to think about protecting yourself too. Whilst the NHS offers fantastic treatment when you need it, if you find yourself needing treatment or an operation, then private health cover really comes into its own. If you can afford the monthly premiums, health insurance can be a lifesaver, quite literally. It can make sure that you are seen, diagnosed and treated very quickly, and give you the opportunity to take minimal time out from running your business.
This is one of those insurance policies that so often gets pushed down on the list of things to organise. Chances are, if you run your own business, that your family will rely in some way on the money that you bring in. If something happened to you, would they be able to carry on living to the same level? If the answer is no, then you need to look at organising life cover for yourself. Remember, the younger you are when you arrange this type of cover, the cheaper the premiums are. Saving you money.
Insurance can sometimes seem like an unnecessary cost each and every month, but the truth of the matter is that it actually has a huge benefit for you, and it will be there just when you need it. You will really value it when the time comes, and be thankful that you took the time out of your busy schedule to organise cover.
Rea Yadao is also an online jobs coach and the creator of the REA Virtuoso Training Program that teaches online freelancers on how to provide excellent administrative services to their clients.
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We all get ill from time to time, when you are an employee of a business you will be able to call up sick and take a few days to recover. But what happens when you are self-employed?
Self-employment and running your own business means that you only rely on yourself, and this can be tricky to manage when you are under the weather.
Never ignore it
One of the worst things that you can do is to power through it and ignore that you feel ill. In time, you will feel even worse and may end up having to take even more time to recover. It is a pain to think that you will need to stop working (and stop earning) for a few days, but in the long term, it could be even more of a problem if you don’t take the chance to get better.
Be honest with your customers
Once you have accepted that you need to rest, then you need to let your customers know that this is what will be happening. They may be annoyed that there will be a delay, but chances are that they will appreciate your honesty, then, if they are really desperate for the work to be completed, they can find someone else to do it.
Find a substitute
Depending on your type of business, you may be able to offer your customers a substitute to do the work on your behalf. Whilst you may not earn the money for the work, your reputation will be intact, and you should be able to retain that customer for the future. Just make sure that it is someone that you can trust, and that you will know will deliver.
Plan for a catch-up
If you rest, then it won’t be long until you are back up on your feet and ready to go again. This means that you should plan for the things that are most important to do once you feel better. Look at the things that are most important to get done, and put them at the top of the list. Reschedule meetings or unimportant tasks, as these are not quite as time critical and can be done at another time.
It may not feel great when you are self-employed and ill, but it really isn’t the end of the world. We all get ill from time to time, however, it is how much space we give ourselves to recover that makes the difference.
Don’t feel guilty about having to stop working for a few days, instead focus on getting yourself better. Not only will your business benefit from it, but your family will too.
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Working for yourself and running your own business is fantastic, it has a whole host of benefits that will make all the hard work worthwhile. Whilst there are plenty of benefits, there are also some negative points that you need to think about too.
One of the biggest drawbacks to working alone is just that, you are working alone. Entrepreneurial loneliness is a real problem for those that work alone. But rather than simply living with the loneliness, there are things that you can do to help.
Have some background noise
Sometimes the worst thing about working from home is the fact that it is silent. There is nothing like silence to make you feel lonely, which means if you want to beat those lonely feelings, but you still need to work at home, then why not pop the radio or TV on for a bit of background noise? The TV can be a bit of a distraction, so it may be a good idea to find something that you won’t be tempted to watch.
Hold a meeting with other entrepreneurs
As more and more people are choosing to work from home or run their own business, chances are that you will have other friends that are in the same position as you. Why not plan bi-weekly meetings whereby you all get together and catch up on how things are going. This could be held at a house or perhaps somewhere public, and just gives you the chance to speak to some real people for a change.
Make the most of social media
One of the best things about social media is that it allows you to interact and communicate with the real world, even when you are hidden away. When you are feeling a little lonely, why not reach out on social media. Not only will it give you a bit of a boost, but it also means that you are taking a break from your work, which can really help too. You could even join a business network group, as you may find that there are those out there who have a similar problem.
Work somewhere else for a few hours
By this we don’t mean get another job, we mean that you pick up the laptop and head outside. A coffee shop is an ideal place to plonk yourself for the day, as it means that you can listen to all the background noise and extract yourself from your four walls, if only for a few hours.
Being lonely is never fun, and it isn’t something that you should ignore, as those feelings will only worsen. Instead face them head on, and do something about it. In no time at all, you will be feeling much more like yourself rather than a lonely hermit who never leaves the house!
Joy Harris is the author of the book Singing Ain’t Enough. In 2015 she started Green Grass Marriage, which has now expanded to Green Grass empowerment groups, helping hundreds of people improve themselves and their relationships through experiential events. She is a contributor to the blog Married and Young, and author of the upcoming book Flip Our Money.
Joy is married with 2 children determined to redefine what it takes to be successful, Joy set out to prove wrong all the “expert” advice about entrepreneurship that called for sacrificing everything you valued. As a result, she created Alltrepreneur, a lifestyle brand dedicated to providing content, events, and a voice for entrepreneurs with families who have big dreams and are determined to achieve them, their way.
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One of the biggest issues faced by those who run their own business is time management, working from home is the ideal for so many people but many of us have been struggling to stick to our to-do list.
Theming your time is a concept by where you theming your workdays allocating a specific task or project for a designated day of the week. For example, you may allocate Friday’s to do all your social media images and scheduling. The concept of theming your workdays does not mean that all you can do on that designated day is the task or project you allocated to it. You will, of course, have emails that need responding to and calls that you may need to make. Theming means that you are allocating more hours on that specific day to the task or project you allocated to that day.
Theming your day’s means that you can comfortably fully complete tasks that you have to do on a regular basis. I have been theming my work days for a few weeks now after listening to one of Pat Flynn’s podcast episodes. So far the benefits are increased productivity I am happier and more content at the end of the work day when I have completed a task or project that I assigned to one of my specific theming days.
As a parent running a business a business, I for one know that emergencies happen and not every working week looks the same as the last for example hospital appointments, school plays, school trips and emergencies. The approach I take to theming my days for the week is planned a week in advance so I can work around my family commitments. Therefore if I themed Wednesday as the day I do a blog post it does not mean that the following Wednesday I will be doing a blog post.
Theming my time allows me to free my mind and focus on tasks and projects that are critical to me making progress in my business.
This episode covers, Productivity is the key and even though there will be times when it eludes you, there is always something you can do to keep things on track. To help you to make the most of your time, we have put together 6 brilliant business productivity habits
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This episode covers time management tips for when the children are on holiday from school. Time management is a skill that many of us could improve on. This is especially true if you spend some of your time working from home, and the children are on school holiday. Listen in you’ll hear tips on how to manage business task and have fun too!
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