3 Tips For Stressed Out Business Owners


3 Tips For Stressed Out Business Owners

Being a parent business owner can be a stressful profession, and if you’re a stressed out business owner, everything becomes a bit more difficult. It is important to try and minimise stress where you can, but how do you do this? It involves being able to get ample time to relax for a lot of people, but if you’re juggling children and your job, this is often not feasible. Let’s take a look at three ways that stressed out parent business owners can relax and remove some of the pressure from their lives.

Prioritise

There’s no doubt that you’re going to have a lot of work to do at any given point in your day. You have a lot of responsibilities, and this makes it tough to do everything. Understandably, this leads to stress later on in life.

The best thing you can do when it comes to your workload is prioritising the most important things and doing them first. There are a couple of benefits to this. First of all, you’re getting the big stuff done and out of the way. Second of all, if life gets in the way and you’re needed elsewhere, you’re not stressing about vital tasks.

Automate

You don’t have to do everything by yourself anymore if you don’t want to. We actually live in a fairly advanced age where there’s a lot of software and online resources which automate basic admin and maintenance tasks for you.

Updating your books? There’s normally software to do all the maths for you. Looking to send invoices every week? That’s something which can be auto-generated. It’s important to take a look at all of the automation software out there to get the best results. Automation can really help to take some of the pressure off you.

Work-Life Balance

We know that this is going to be more difficult as a parent business owner, but you need to try and get a good work-life balance regardless of anything else. Stress occurs when we’re dealing with a situation that has very little in the way of reward and a high level of pressure. A full time business that keeps you away from your kids is going to be the definition of that.

You need to make sure that you focus on providing the best possible options and experiences for your kids, and in a lot of cases, this means taking the time to get away from it all.

Final Thoughts

Ultimately, removing stress from your life is an important part of dealing with being a business owner. Stress is inevitable. This ultimately means that you have to try and find ways to mitigate and remove that stress if you’re going to get the best experience. Automation can be a big help, as can prioritising important tasks. It is important to focus on some of the more subtle elements of running a business in order to successfully manage your time better and avoid stress where you can.

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Self-Care For Business Owners


Self-Care For Business Owners

As a parent business owner, you’re not exactly going to get a lot of downtime for yourself. You are trying to run your business, look after your kids and make sure that the household continues to run effectively from start to finish. It’s a lot to ask of anyone, especially someone who’s trying to be a present and loving parent all at once!

But, in spite of all of this, self-care has to be a pretty big part of your life. You need to make time for yourself because otherwise, you’ll suffer a burnout or just go mad from the pressure. It’s tough, but let’s take a look at some ideas for looking after you.

Set Clear Business Hours

A good recipe for success when it comes to being a parent business owner is to set clear business hours for your enterprise. You need to sit down and establish a working day for yourself, whether it is the conventional 9 – 5 or something else according to your schedule.

Wherever possible, you need to make sure that you keep to that schedule. The job will take all of you if you let it, and between all of your other responsibilities, you’ll have even less time to sit down and decompress. Clients can wait, and people will understand, especially if your standard of service is high when you actually work, but at least this way, you have a chance of having downtime for self-care.

The Self Care Prescription: Powerful Solutions to Manage Stress, Reduce Anxiety & Increase Wellbeing – By Robyn Gobin

Weekends Are Yours

A lot of parent business owners tend to follow the same patterns as most organisations and only work weekdays. Most places close over the weekend, and that is pretty reasonable, especially offices and solicitors and such.

Customers and clients will be used to their businesses closing over the weekend and just accept that it is part of life itself. You need to keep the weekends for you, so you can indulge in a little self-care and also spend time with your little ones.

Good Vibes, Good Life: How Self-Love Is the Key to Unlocking Your Greatness – By Vex King 

Take That Lunch Break

If you’re going to think about self-care, then you need to examine your working day objectively. It can be very tempting to work all the hours of your day, but this isn’t good for you.

You need to take a lunch break every day. It will be an hour of peace where you sit down, eat and drink, and refocus yourself. It’s good from a self-care perspective because you get the chance to look after you every day.

So overall, these are some of our top suggestions for working towards that self-care you deserve. We choose to focus a lot on the business side of things because being a business owner is a consuming job. You will start to feel like you don’t have the time to look after you because there is always something that could be done for the business. What you choose to do is up to you, and it is all about making sure that you split your time between work, yourself and your kids evenly.

Happy: Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect – By Fearne Cotton

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How comparing yourself to others can ruin your confidence

We all have bad habits however some of the bad habits we have can unwittingly slowly ruin your confidence comparing yourself to others is one of those bad habits.

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How To Prioritise Yourself And Work At The Same Time


How To Prioritise Yourself And Work At The Same Time

There are so many benefits to running your own business, it is why so many parent entrepreneurs start new businesses while looking after small kids, and it is the reason many people get their own business established before the children arrive on the scene. However, once you have both you might suddenly discover that time is not such an easy beast to manage, so just how can you priorities yourself and your work at the same time?

Planning

Although it is hard to plan when you run your own business, it is much hard to have to try and work reactively. You might not know exactly what is coming, but you will have a fair idea. I tend to start my day with a peppermint tea and my inbox, move onto another set of tasks that occur daily, the after-lunch start working through the new projects. In the afternoon, I check my emails twice rather than react to each one as it comes in.

Day and Night

Your working day has to have an endpoint. It is all very well thinking you can check in during the evening or keep trying to work while cooking dinner with the other hand but the fact is all that will happen is you will become a stressed and underproductive unable to concentrate on either home or work. If you prefer to have some hours off in the day and work evenings, this is, of course, fine and suits many people better, but the important take away is to make the distinction on times and stick with it.

Trade-Off With Flexibility

On occasions, you may find that you plans clash with the needs of your client, and if there really is no way around it, you might have to make tweaks to your time. If you absolutely need to be in the office when you planned not to be, try and trade-off that time to yourself. It is important you balance your needs with your business needs; otherwise, you risk burning out or getting sick.

Hire Help

Help comes in many different ways, and if you do not want to get involved in the rigmarole of staff, why not consider freelancers and outsourcing. Freelancers have their own business and provide specific skills like bookkeeping or graphic design. If there is a skillset you are missing, meaning it would take you hours to get the job done, consider outsourcing it to someone who does it for a living. The help doesn’t have to end with the business; there are plenty of self-employed cleaners and domestic help that can help you restore a work-life balance by taking the pressure off at home. Self-employed freelancers take care of their own taxes and are accounted for as your subcontractors you have no ’employee’ commitment to them.

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5 Ways to Practice Self Care as a Small Business Owner


5 Ways to Practice Self Care as a Small Business Owner

Running a small business is a dream for many people, and while you may never regret your choice to build your own empire, and rightly so, there are certain things you need to remember. Self-care is an important issue that often gets left on the sidelines for small business owners, after all, there are only 24 hours in a day, and we could really do with about 50. If you are also a parent, you instantly up the pressure on yourself, and it is even more vital, you take the time to look after yourself. Here are five ways you can practice self-care; you might be surprised how much things improve when you do.

  1. The word is ‘No’

Believe it or not, it is actually ok to say no. Clients are often more understanding that you initially panic they will be and saying things like ‘No I cannot do that this week but I would be more than happy to do it next week’ are often so much better received than you think. There is no point taking on too much and running yourself ragged as the quality of your work will slip, so create a manageable workload plan and only take on what you can handle with room to negotiate.

  1. Take a Break

The number of small business owners that not only confess to working weekends and evenings but also never daring to take time off for fear of what might happen is scary. We are only human, and recharging is so important for self-care, so book vacation or if funds are tight a staycation but whatever you do stay away from the office.

  1. Catch Those Zzzz’s

Sleep is essential, and we function better with it, rather than without. The temptation to keep working or catching up on housework is huge, but it really is not going to help in the end. A business is a marathon, not a sprint, so you need to put measures in place to rest regularly. Leave the phone outside the bedroom and focus on resting and not worrying about the day job.  

  1. You Really are What You Eat

Eating on the fly can seem like the only logical move to make when you have a to-do list that reaches the floor, but the downsides are huge. Firstly this tends to mean you reach for rubbish food and stockpile on empty calories, and secondly, your poor digestive system finds it hard to process. Stopping for just half an hour to eat healthy food, sat at a table, will make all the difference.

  1. It is Ok to Ask for Help

So, finally let’s be clear; asking for help is not a failing. Whether you ask an in-law to feed the kids one night a week, or need to hire a cleaner, you are not a superperson. There is only so much we can do, and if you earn more in an hour than a domestic cleaner the argument is pretty much made for you – spend the time you have wisely and take care of yourself.

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3 Tips to Break Through Mindset Blocks in Business


3 Tips to Break Through Mindset Blocks in Business

Here is the problem that you will face when running a business. Something a lot of people don’t realise is that when it comes to mindset blocks, there can be a lot of things stopping you from reaching your best.

As a parent entrepreneur, time is even more precious. Therefore, you have to work past these problems quickly. Thankfully, this is completely achievable if you know how to overcome mindset blocks. Let’s look at three tips here and now.

Find a Different Perspective 

Perspective is so important. You have to be able to look at things in a different way to solve problems. Sometimes, our viewpoints as individuals aren’t the best reference points for making a judgement or solving a problem. Therefore, it could be really important to look at your business from the perspective of an outsider.

By learning how to look at the situation in a different way, you can learn how to work past a mindset block, because it doesn’t exist for the person you are looking at the situation as. When you take away the inside viewpoint, and the investment of the owner, you sometimes find a solution.

Take a Creative Holiday

It’s safe to assume that as a parent business owner, the chance for breaks doesn’t come around that much. When you’re not working, you’re looking after your kids. However, this doesn’t leave any time for you. You don’t get to recharge your batteries and refocus your mind.

You need to take a creative holiday from time to time. It just needs to be a few days away from the office and away from the demands of your business. It might give you the inspiration that you need to break through the mindset block if you’re doing something completely different.

Develop Small Habits

Small habits can be a godsend. You often underestimate them and don’t think they’ll be any help to you, but cultivating a small habit that you can do every day can be a real help. It’s these consistent effort that yield the biggest rewards because you convince yourself slowly that you can overcome this block.

Start by doing tiny things every day. They could be taking five minutes for yourself, or it could be answering all your emails first thing. Whatever you do, be consistent with it. It should start to help you overcome your block by convincing your brain that change is possible.

In conclusion, there’s a lot of things that you can do to overcome a mindset block within your business. They can be a massive issue, and a lot of people don’t know how best to tackle them. However, if you are consistent and determined, you’ll soon find that you don’t need to make a grand sweeping gesture or anything. The best results can come from doing small things and pushing yourself to be better than before. You can do anything you need to do, just make sure that you are trying your best and that you don’t give up.

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How to Overcome Mindset Blocks


How to Overcome Mindset Blocks

Mindset block can be a particularly damaging thing. It’s natural to want to push forward and strive for the best, but when you have a mindset block it’s difficult to do that. When you’re a parent entrepreneur, it becomes even more challenging because you have to try and overcome this block at the same time as doing everything else, like looking after your kids and running a business.

To try and give you a hand with this, what we thought we would do is take a look at some of the different things you can do to make sure you overcome a mindset block when it strikes.

Identify The Problem

The first thing that you’re going to want to try and do is identify the problem. A mindset block can be a tricky thing, but finding the source is the best way to make sure you overcome it.

This involves some introspection. You need to look deep within yourself and identify what the problem is. What can’t you visualise? What piece of the puzzle is inaccessible to you? If you don’t know what the mindset block is, you can’t begin to break it down. If you’re struggling, try talking to a partner or a trusted friend. They might be able to help you out.

Take a Small Action

Okay. So you’ve identified the problem. You understand what the mindset block is, the form it’s taken. But how do you go about breaking that block, and overcoming the challenge that has been put before you?

Well, what we find is that small, consistent actions are the best way to overcome mindset blocks. Let’s take an example, and say that your mindset block is going out and socialising. You’ve been raising your kids for all these years, you’re running a business, and so you don’t know if you can make time for social interactions any more. A small, consistent action might be just to go and get a coffee every day. Or wander down to the local shop every other day. It’s just about doing something that slowly starts to break down that block.


Reward Yourself and Do More

The final step of the process is to reward yourself. You have made a deliberate effort to change the way that things are at the moment. That is incredible. Well done! Reward yourself with something that you think will make you happy. You have to celebrate these little successes if you want to tackle the big stuff.

And speaking of the big stuff, it’s time to do something else. Identify another small and consistent thing you can do to overcome the mindset block. Incorporate it into your daily routine, and move on. Keep pushing in the right direction, and you will get past this.

To summarise, getting passed a mindset block is a difficult thing to do sometimes. We are not denying that they can have a profound impact on a parent entrepreneur. But you have to try and keep pushing. You have to try and be brave. Only you can overcome this barrier. You can get support from your friends and family, and we encourage you to do that, but the final push is down to you. And you can do it, but you just have to believe in yourself first.

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International Women’s Day 2019


International Women’s Day 2019

Every year in March an event known as International Women’s Day takes place with a theme or focus for women who work in the world of business from solo entrepreneurs to those who work in multinational companies and every lovely lady in between. This year the event takes place on the 8th of March, and the focus is #BalanceforBetter, which is all about building a gender balance in every industry and business area recognising that both men and women have a different but equally valuable skill set to bring to the arena. ‘A balanced world is a better world. How can you help forge a more gender-balanced world? Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.’ (IWD 2019).

Each time there are various events linked to International Women’s Day, and if you can take part in any of them, I would encourage you to do so as you will gain loads of insight and experience that will help you in your own professional journey. On the website, you can see where the events are being held and the details you will need to attend. Women are an integral part of any business and should be encouraged to hit their goals and dreams rather than set in competition against male counterparts or worse still other women. Whatever our walk of life should be promoting and supporting each other, as the famous quote says, a flame does not burn brighter by extinguishing others around it.

Women who run small businesses are discovering the unique pleasure that comes from another type of balance in their lives. The balance between home and work that comes from being your own boss, and while this can be a challenging journey it is one that thousands of women embark on, and importantly succeed at through all walks of life and with a massive variety of skills, through many different businesses and industries. Running a business brings a degree of freedom that you do not get from working for other people, the time off to attend appointments and school events, the ability to work in the evening having spent precious hours with the children. It might not be the easiest road but the value women in business bring to industry is something we should not overlook. It is essential that we acknowledge and support these women, whether this is supporting them by sharing their work or creating peer group mentoring support with others in the same boat. Women in business will always hold a significant importance which is why events like International Women’s Day exist.

My own journey has been one of learning, failing and getting back up, and most importantly learning to fly and succeed. This adventure is something that I have been supported in by lots of other women and had the pleasure of offering my support to many more. I would like to thank all of the women who have been involved in my story so far, it has been a pleasure and a privilege working with each and every one of you.

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