Running a creative business has a long list of benefits. You're passionate about your work, you are your own boss, your work is flexible.... the list goes on and on. But, being a creative entrepreneur also comes with an emotional toll.
You may experience stress, overwhelm, anxiety... once again the list goes on and on.
In order to successfully do your job, it's important to learn hop to manage the emotional rollercoaster that is running a business. In this blog post, I want to share with you a few helpful tips to managing the ups and downs of running your own business. Let's get started!
1 | Embrace Your Limitations
The most important thing you can remember as a creative business owner is that you are human. We can only work so many hours in the day and we can only excel at so many things. That makes it important to reflect and embrace on your limitations.
Hire out the work that brings the most emotional stress. Manage your schedule wisely. Take the time for the things you enjoy. This will help you enjoy your work, limit burnouts and focus on the tasks you excel at.
2 | Set Boundaries
Setting boundaries is an important aspect of any business, especially small business's. It's important to set boundaries with clients, your work hours and employees.
If you work full-time, or part-time, on your business create a schedule that works for you and stick to it. This will help you stay motivated to get tasks done within that timeframe and prioritize your to-do list. It will also help you spend more time with friends and family which will keep your spirits high.
3 | Take Breaks
This is one I learned the hard way and paid the price for. I am horrible at taking breaks. I tend to get wrapped up in a project and word almost obsessively. I like to work through lunch, and all year long. But, it leads to burnout and stress.
You lose your creative spark. You lose the joy you find in doing your job.
Learn to take a lunch break, take a walk around the park or even take a month or two off. Prioritize your mental health and happiness in order to best serve your audience. Your friends, family and clients will all thank you for it.
4 | Focus on the Big Picture
A lot of the time, we are working endlessly on the details and the day to day tasks that we forget about the big picture. We lose sight of why we started, where we're heading and what we want the outcome to be.
When you are feeling dragged down by the endless to-do list or hopeless that you may ever gain traction, remember why you started. Remember the outcome and the goal. This will help you push forward.
5 | Surround Yourself With Good People
When you work from home alone, who you surround yourself with is very important. This means, the people you follow, those that follow you and the family and friends who weigh in on your business.
First, the people you follow. If you find yourself getting stuck in a comparison game or feeling like an imposter or generally just feeling less than because of someone you follow. Unfollow them. You can learn and grow from someone without it making you feel like a failure and those are the relationships you should foster.
Lastly, it's important to distinguish between constructive criticism and abusive behavior. Constructive criticism is an important aspect of growing your business and yourself. But, there is a line that can be easily crossed, especially in this virtual reality we live it. If someone is crossing that line, cut ties.
6 | Remember that Failure is inevitable
We are so afraid of failure that we forget is inevitable. No matter how much research you do, no matter how perfect your graphics are, no matter how convincing your copy is... inevitably you will fail.
Your launch will flop, your product won't sell, your Facebook group won't ever take off. One thing or another will go wrong and it's important that we learn to embrace it. It teaches us how to promote a launch, improve our products and engage with our Facebook group. It's how we grow. When we accept that sooner or later we will fail, we just might be reckless enough to take the risk and get something right.
How do you manage the emotional toll of running a business? I'd love to hear your tips in the comments!