How can small business owners achieve work-life balance?

642625862As a small business owner, you may love what you do, but have you found that all that focus on your business has impacted your personal life? According to a recent survey, 50% of U.S. business owners work 50 or more hours per week. The effects of overworking can be dangerous for physical and mental health, not to mention your love life. If you find that work is interfering with your personal life, here are some helpful ways to achieve better balance:

Take Advantage of Flexible Hours

One of the reasons you started your own business was probably so you could be your own boss and make your own hours. But starting a company can quickly become a more-than-full-time job. If you’re struggling to make time for friends or family, consider scheduling regular lunch dates throughout the week or if possible, and select one day of the week to take a personal day where you do nothing but read up on the industry or spend time with family at the park.

Outsource Key Tasks

Handling tasks like assembly, packaging, or shipping on your own can be time-consuming. Outsourcing these services to a partner like Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries can help you manage your workload and free up more time to spend with friends and family. We have over a century of business experience to put to work for you, affording you more time to grow your business and maintain your personal life. Contact us for a free tour of our facilities.

Put Fun on Your Schedule

For many entrepreneurs, it’s hard to step away from your growing business for an hour, much less take a vacation. But vacations don’t always require extravagant trips to far-away destinations. Designate time for a “stay-cation” in your hometown and take excursions to local attractions, or schedule a long weekend to visit a loved one. It’s easy to carve out time for fun when you make it a priority.

Unplug and Recharge

Technology has enabled us the freedom to work anywhere, anytime– but this isn’t always a good thing! If you find yourself constantly checking your work email when you’re off the clock, set a time to “shut off” work for the day. Unplugging from your phone or laptop for the evening can help you recharge your mind and prepare to meet tomorrow’s challenges. Focus on being in the moment with friends and family and leave your work for the morning when you’re fresh.