7 Tips for Work-Life Balance as an Entrepreneur

By Haley Lynn Gray

Young female entrepreneur working in a home office

Young female entrepreneur working in a home office

Source: More FitnessBeing an entrepreneur and a mom makes things a bit unpredictable at times. I have four young kids, and they have four very different schedules and needs. It’s not like I get any days off.

So, how do you manage the competing demands of a busy household and a business that has huge demands on your time? Being an entrepreneur can be very demanding, and you have to emerge alive on the other side, so taking care to manage your work-life balance is critical.

Here are my top 7 tips for maintaining balance:

1. Outsource what you can in your business. I’m always amazed at my friends who spend countless hours managing the bookkeeping for their business, and agonizing over Quickbooks, to the extent that they don’t have time to do activities that are critical to their businesses. You may be surprised at how inexpensive it can be to hire out certain job functions, so don’t assume that they are unaffordable before you even ask. I have found for many of my businesses that bookkeeping can run about $100-$200 per month, which is a bargain compared to the number of hours it would take to perform the same tasks. You may also want to consider outsourcing social media management and newsletter creation.

2. Outsource tasks in your personal life. That may mean hiring someone to do the lawn. In my region of the country, I can get yard service for about $120/month, which covers mowing, edging, and blowing every week, as needed.

3. Find and use tools that will make your life simpler. For keeping track of notes in your business, Evernote is a great tool. I use a social media scheduler called Edgar to manage social media posts. I also use Social Quant to help me manage my Twitter posts. Each one of these tools saves me hours each month, which are hours that I can put back into the business.

4. Keep everyone’s calendars in sync. Google Calendar works well for this. Each of my children has a calendar that they share with my husband and me. We can see who has which activities, and when those activities are. Using a calendar to manage time, drivers and activities is one of my most important tips. One of the women I respect highly in the entrepreneurship circles, Rebecca T. Dickson, has said that if you show her your calendar, she can tell you how much you’re making. I believe that to be true.

5. Schedule time to take care of yourself. If you don’t take care of yourself, there will be no business. It’s just that simple. If you need a certain number of hours of sleep per night, then make sure you’re getting those hours. Schedule time to exercise, meditate and do the other things that you need to do to ensure that you are taking care of yourself. If you are in a relationship, then you should schedule time to spend with your partner, or …read more

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