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5 Steps to Avoid Small Business Owner Burnout

“I
have to do everything myself.”

“There
aren’t enough hours in the day.”

“No
one has the passion for this business that I do.”

This
kind of thinking leads many entrepreneurs to become workaholics that eventually
fall prey to burnout. However, you do have a choice! You can let yourself hit
the burnout wall or take steps now to avoid it.

  1. Recognize the signs. Owner burnout doesn’t happen overnight. These red
    flags might be indicating you’re headed in that direction:

● Lack of energy to do even the smallest tasks

● Frustration and negative feelings about the business

● Poor decision-making and difficulty focusing

● Making mistakes you never used to make

● Inability to not think about work—even when you’re with family
or friends

● Losing your temper over minor things

● Sleeplessness

● Health issues

If any of these symptoms sound familiar, it’s time to take action to make
sure your business runs smoothly and continues to grow without it taking a toll
on your mental or physical health.

  • Prioritize. When
    you own a business, there is a seemingly unending list of things that need to
    be done, and done right away. Developing a prioritized task list helps owners
    think through their top areas of focus versus those that are necessary but of
    lower value to the business. One resource you can tap to help you narrow the
    focus is your current customers. Your clients can help you figure out what the
    business—and you—should focus on next. Ask them what you’re doing well, where
    you need help and what opportunities to add value you might be missing.
  • Get help. You’ve
    no doubt heard it before—delegation is the key to avoiding owner burnout. It’s
    also the path to a well-managed business, ripe for growth. Once you have your
    list of priorities, it’s time to decide how you will assign and manage the
    work. You can’t do it all on your own—at least not exactly when the business
    needs it to be done. Assess your strengths and weaknesses as well as your
    team’s and map out the plan of what you will take on versus delegating to
    others.
  • Explore your options. You can delegate in several ways, but above all else,
    you’ll want to be sure the system you set up is reliable and will be able to
    flex with the business as it grows. You can choose to hire additional, new
    talent. You might also opt to go with independent contractors instead of
    incurring the expense of permanent employees. For cost-effective supply chain
    management, such as assembly and kitting services, many small businesses will
    decide to outsource with a third-party logistics company.
  • Outsource the right way. Some small business owners end up carrying too much
    weight on their shoulders for a pragmatic reason: the business isn’t able to
    afford to hire the talent it needs to move forward. Once leaders understand
    they can’t afford not to delegate,
    outsourcing tasks that can be handled more cost-effectively by others is a
    smart move.

If you’re a small business owner looking to take your business to the
next level, Ohio Valley Goodwill Industrial Services is the right choice. Small
companies have trusted our packaging, fulfillment, assembly and kitting services
for decades because they know our team dedicates itself to doing your job
right. Best of all, businesses which partner with Ohio Valley Goodwill for
outsourcing services support our mission to provide meaningful employment to
individuals with disabilities.

Business
owners in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky or Southeast Indiana, contact our B2B professionals to learn more
and receive a free tour of our facilities.

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