How To Beat Burn Out
How To Beat Burn Out
Laura Nelli founded her accessories line Nelle in 2004. She started with a sewing machine from a second hand store and sewing book from the library. Since then, it’s been featured in InStyle Weddings, Brides, Redbook, “O” The Oprah Magazine, and Martha Stewart Weddings. You can follow Laura’s adventures on Facebook or Twitter.
For the first five years that I ran Nelle, I continued to work full time. I often say that I sacrificed my 20’s to Nelle, and there have definitely been times when I felt like a candle burning at both ends. The truth is, you’re bound to burn out when working 80+ hours a week.
Over the years, friends and peers have offered up a tips to keep me from going off the deep end. I am happy to say that following their advice has kept me perched on the edge of the diving board.
Have start up cash
I started my business with $10, and let me tell you, always having to generate revenue to grow your business, fill orders, and pay the bills leaves little time for relaxation. When a friend asks you to go for a walk, it is very hard to turn off the voice in your head that says,
“Girl’s gotta make rent.”
Make time for play
If you were wise and started your business with a decent chunk of cash in the bank, it will be easier to take time off from your business and reconnect with yourself and the things you enjoy. Make time for you, even if it means that you don’t accomplish all of your business goals for the day. If you’re relaxed and happy, your business will only get better!
Understand that your business is a living thing
Just like you, your business is alive. Sometimes it will be wildly successful, other times it will fall flat. Remember that Rome wasn’t built in day and that it’s okay for your business to ebb and flow. You don’t have to always be growing and expanding your business.
Take advantage of the slow times
When your business has slowed, reinvest in yourself and the company. This means sleep in a little, go out to eat a bit, and analyze your businesses current state of affairs. You’ll find that your relaxed mind will discover new growth opportunities that will recharge your business.
Thanks for sharing, Laura!
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