It’s OK! 12 Things Solopreneurs Should NEVER Feel Sorry About
Being your own boss has its upsides, but many solopreneurs who I know admit to being the toughest employer they’ve ever had. Really, that’s not all that hard to understand. When you’re running your own business and you solely are responsible for setting strategies and executing those plans, you’ve got to crack the whip on yourself. And while there’s nothing wrong with being fully vested in your success, you shouldn’t drive yourself to the brink of mental or physical breakdown. There comes a tipping point – and it’s one you don’t ever want to reach.
So, how do you avoid crossing the line that runs between “motivated & dedicated” and “burned out & checked out?” I don’t have all the answers, but I do have some words of advice that I think will help… “Tell yourself it’s OK!” What I mean by that, is don’t be afraid to make decisions or take actions (or lack of action!) to help you regain focus, de-stress, and rejuvenate your mind and body.
As a solopreneur, it’s OK to…
- Fit a workout into your day.
- Make yourself a healthy meal.
- Take a nap if you worked late the night before or got up extra early.
- Buy something to make running your business easier.
- Ignore your email and phone after hours.
- Take a vacation.
- Take a long weekend.
- Not be available at a moment’s notice for meetings and phone calls.
- Ask clients if meeting by phone rather than in person would work so you don’t lose valuable project time because of a commute.
- Say “no” to work that you don’t want to do.
- Decline or resign from a volunteer opportunity if you’re time-strapped and the answer to the question “What’s in it for me?” is “Not enough to justify the time and energy.”
- Say, “I don’t know,” when you don’t know.
Keep in mind that it takes some self-training and discipline to fully accept that it really is OK. Fortunately, like with any other professional skill, practice makes perfect. The more you exercise your right to treat yourself like the star employee that you are, the easier it will be to make your solo business a workplace you’ll never want to leave.
Your turn! What else should solopreneurs give themselves permission to do without apology?
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