Small business owners already have a difficult and time-consuming job running their business. If their business is open five days a week, they usually need the weekend to catch up on paperwork, pay bills and manage any tasks they didn’t get to during the week.
For those with a seven-day-a-week business, there’s even less time off. They often feel the need to be onsite any time the business is open, to deal with unanticipated issues, help the staff out, and ensure all tasks are completed.
Being onsite seven days a week isn’t healthy or productive, however. It can cause burnout and result in errors being made. It affects the business owner’s personal life and quality of life, not to mention their overall well-being.
Here are three tips for getting your life back when you operate a seven-day-a-week business.
1. Hire a trusted manager
The next best thing to having you onsite all the time is to have a manager with authority similar to yours who can be onsite when you aren’t. Invest money in hiring a manager to deal with operations so you can take days off. Train that person to deal with any issues you anticipate and make sure they know and understand the business inside and out. Give them the authority to make decisions in your absence. It might take a little time to build up the trust with that manager, but when you have it, they will be invaluable to you.
2. Delegate tasks you don’t need to do
As a small business owner, you have regular duties that need to be done but could be better done by an expert. Doing them yourself takes up a ton of your time and forces you to be on the jobsite more. Look at your tasks and determine which ones are eating up your valuable time. Could you hire a bookkeeper? An accountant?
Virtual assistants can now be hired to deal with invoicing, collecting payments and making phone calls on your behalf. That frees you up to deal with other tasks at your jobsite, which means you may get your other duties done and find you have free time.
These outside service providers cost money, but they are worth the expense when you consider the time and energy you’ll save by not taking on those tedious tasks. Especially when you factor in the extra personal time you’ll have.
3. Start slowly
The worst thing you can do is wait until you feel you’re about to have a nervous breakdown before you think about taking days off. That increases the chances that you’ll need a day off at exactly the wrong time—during the busy season or when there’s a work-related crisis emerging.
To get yourself comfortable with taking days off and get staff used to you being away, start slowly. Maybe take an afternoon off during the weekday that’s typically the slowest. When you’re comfortable with that, start taking a full day off here and there. After a while, you’ll be fine taking two days off, even during busier periods. You may not always have a five-day-a-week job, but at least you’ll be okay taking days off for yourself.
You need time away from your business to maintain your sanity and stop yourself from burning out. Having trusted staff and expert service providers in place will help you take a break from your worksite and get yourself some personal time.