Life as a solopreneur can be thrilling. Creating your own business, doing it your way, making money doing something that you love, and perhaps even getting to follow a lifelong dream, it can be wonderful. But, there’s absolutely no denying that it can also be a challenge. You’ll face challenges on your own, it can be lonely and stressful, and you might feel like the buck starts and ends with you, with no one in the middle to take any pressure.
Solopreneur stress is to be expected, and some level is usually nothing to worry about. In fact, many people find that a little stress powers them forward and that they work better under a bit of pressure. But, too much stress can ruin things. You might make poor decisions and struggle with creativity. You may even regret starting in the first place if you are suffering from burnout.
But, it doesn’t have to be like this. Here are some of the things that you can do to combat solopreneur stress, giving yourself the chance to enjoy your venture.
If your business and its processes are more complicated than they need to be, you are making life harder for yourself. Use a phone reader to reduce the need for complicated payment options, simplify processes, and cut anything that isn’t necessary from your day.
Post a Comprehensive FAQ Page
Do you spend a lot of your time answering the same questions? Replying to emails? Answering basic questions on social media? While it’s important to engage with your customers and potential customers, answering the same simple questions all of the time is a huge waste of your time, especially when there’s no guarantee that it will convert. A comprehensive FAQ page that’s easy to find on your website will save you time. Just don’t forget to add new questions to it or adjust your answers if anything changes.
Build a Support Network
Running your own business can be lonely. Not having any support, or even anyone to vent at, can increase your stress levels massively.
But, just because you are a solopreneur doesn’t mean that you are in it alone. Let your friends and family in, share your stresses and successes, and connect with other solopreneurs and small business owners online.
Take it Slow
We all want success to come quickly, and we often put far too much pressure on ourselves to get it. Don’t feel like you are in a rush. Take your time, build your business slowly, and go easy on yourself.
Get Into a Healthy Routine
A healthy routine includes time off. Try to work at the same times and on the same days, leaving plenty of time to rest and relax and take a break from your business.
Focus on Attainable Targets
Having targets is great. It helps to keep you on track, pushes your business forward, and gives you something to celebrate when you hit your goals. But, to be effective, they need to be attainable.
Schedule Exercise and Me Time
If you struggle to get time for yourself, start scheduling it in. Add a little me time and some exercise to your weekly to-do list, and you’re more likely to do it.