Finally Leave Your 9-5, Part Two
Build a Business, Not Another Job
Many people dream of working for themselves, being their own boss, and having the freedom to only take on clients and projects they love. But, there's a huge difference between building a business and being self-employed.
Business owners scale their income.
Self-employed people trade dollars for hours
Business owners leverage the skills and talents of others.
Self-employed people rely only on their own skills.
Every business owner started out boot-strapping themselves, self-employed. Just don’t stay there! These tips will help you build a sustainable business instead of another job.
Don’t Try to Do It All Yourself
Building a sustainable business requires that you leverage the talents and time of others. While it might seem cost-effective to simply do everything yourself—especially in the start-up phase when you likely have more time than money—it’s a path to burnout and stress.
Instead, separate your tasks into those that you love and are especially suited for (such as marketing) and those you hate. Then make a solid plan outsource the stuff you don't like.
Start small. Just a few hours a month to start.
Don’t Allow Yourself to Work All the Time
The trouble with working at home is that you live at work. It's rather like being a new mom, you're on call 24/7! There’s no clear line in the sand between your work day and your home life.
Since there’s always work to do, it’s easy to find yourself working every available moment—often to the detriment of your family relationships.
You can help avoid this by:
Setting—and maintaining—clear work hours
Having an office with a door you can close when you’re done
Scheduling time for family and other activities
Taking time for yourself
Vacations and Downtime Are Important
Don’t create a business that requires you to be “in the office” every day. At the start, you may need to be available more, but you should definitely be planning for the day when you can be “off the grid” for extended periods of time.
Have trusted contractors who can handle things when you’re not available
Leverage automation tools such as autoresponders and autowebinar systems
Create repeatable systems so you’re not always re-inventing the wheel
While you might not be able to hit the road with no internet access for weeks at a time, at the very least you should be able to reduce your workload to a daily check-in.
And unplug at least one day a week. Turn off your phone and go outside, take a walk, volunteer for a cause you love, sleep in, or go get coffee with someone you love.
Sound impossible? It’s not. With some forethought and planning, you can create a team—and the systems they need—to successfully run your business without becoming overwhelmed and overworked.