We all need a work-life balance. Some of us have kids at home and others want time to socialize with their friends.
Whatever your needs, you need to be able to step away from work and focus on your personal life. But just how hard is that as a business owner?
I know how you feel. Really, I do! There have been times that work has completely taken over and I just haven’t had the time with my family that I would like. I’ve had to work through weekends and miss out on trips out because of business.
In 2011 I started my business full-time. In 2014 I decided it was time to start focusing more on my personal life. By 2016 I decided to find the perfect work-life balance.
Okay so perfect is the wrong word. I wanted to find a good work-life balance. And the one tip I’m going to share with you today is the method that helped me.
Outsource Jobs to Other People
There’s no point in trying to wear every hat in your business. And I’m not just saying this because I’m a freelance writer.
I don’t care if you want to outsource your blogging, social media, accountancy, or even just checking your email. Just outsource something! The less you do yourself, the more time you have to do on other tasks.
Social media was my main issue. I just didn’t have the time to spend all day posting on Facebook and Twitter, learning how to work Pinterest, and managing my StumbleUpon account. I didn’t have the time to figure out how to create the best graphics for the various platforms and find the perfect hashtags to use in the posting descriptions.
Hiring a social media manager was the best thing that I ever did. I could concentrate on the writing side of things and focus on taking care of my blogging clients.
You may find that social media is fine but you can’t tackle the writing. Or you may find that the numbers and figures are a nightmare for you.
Don’t spend the time trying to work it all out when someone else can do it all for you.
But Make Sure the Person Is Qualified
I know this sounds like the most obvious thing to say, but you’ll be surprised how many conmen there are out there. People tell you they’re good at tasks and then it turns out that they’re really not.
It’s easy to be enticed by flashy websites and impressive-looking figures. But how do you know all those details are true?
You need to look into the person you’re hiring. Look out for rip-off reports and find out what others say on third-party review sites. Watch out for sites like Fiverr where you have no idea if a seller is really genuine or not. You may want cheap, but you run the risk of damaging your whole business.
When you hire someone who isn’t qualified, you’ll find your work-life balance is ruined. You end up spending far more time on business tasks to fix the things that were broken. You’ll need to repair the damage with Google and fix problems with other business owners.
Yes, you can be a business owner and have a life!
Outsourcing is my number one tip for creating a work-life balance but it isn’t without its flaws. When you hire anyone make sure you have someone qualified and professional. You will find you get to focus on the parts of the business you want to and then get to spend more time with your family and friends.
Do you want to outsource your writing? Get in touch with me today and find out how I can help you with your writing and blogging tasks.