One of the most difficult things that you will find when you start your own business is being able to take time off. Gone are the days of paid vacations, sick days spent recuperating and weekends off.
Instead you will find yourself working 24/7. You will check your email in the middle of the night for last minute changes from a client. You will get up long before the sun rises for a teleconference with a potential client three time zones away. You will work weekends, nights, holidays and every day in between just to keep the cash rolling in. The challenge is running your business without running yourself into the ground.
In the beginning, you will need to just roll with the punches working when the work is there and taking the slow times to recharge. As you establish a foothold in your business, you will need to set your own boundaries in order to get some time off. Personally I don’t really take days off. I also don’t work all of the time. I learned to balance my schedule so there are specific work hours and specific family hours. I segment my day to meet the demands of both and make sure that I take some time for a bit of relaxation in between. I may read a book, watch a show, cheer on my kids at the game or just do nothing for a bit of a sanity break.
It will definitely be a challenge to figure out how to balance the demands of running your business without running yourself ragged, but once you do the rewards will be worth it!
About the author: The Business Girl is Terri Sullivan Biehn. I have been a professional business writer and management consultant for more than fifteen years. As a management consultant, I work with entrepreneurs to develop business plans and other documents. Through my consulting practice, I coach entrepreneurs and small business owners on their general start-up, marketing, financial, operational and management issues.