A few years ago I was running a small business which was going through some tough times, in part because the business just wasn’t there and in part because of the global economy having a profound effect on my business dealings. On a personal level, I was not in a good place and spending my days and nights stressing a great deal about the business. It was then that my good friend Blake Rubin took me out for a drink, asked about my business and told me that enough was enough, it was time to change. I spent the next few weeks completely changing my approach to the business and we managed tho not only weather the storm, but I was in a far happier place as a result. Because of that experience, I wanted to share with you how to worry less about your business if you find yourself in a position of heavy stress.
Worry About What You Can Change
There is only so many things which you are in control of as a business owner and if you want to start worrying less in general then you need to focus solely on the areas of business which you can directly affect. You cannot change the world if it is facing an economic crisis, you cannot change the trends of a customer and once you understand this then you can start focusing on what you can affect, and change it.
Outsource What You Can
You do not need to shoulder the weight of everything that is required within the business and if you want to ensure that your company runs more smoothly and that you are providing a better service for your company, as well as offloading stress, you should think about outsourcing different areas of your business. Even the biggest companies in the world will outsource areas of their business such as logistics and in doing so, you can remove stress and regain focus.
Retrain Your Staff
Many business owners find themselves doing jobs and tasks which should be done by their staff, and the reason for this is usually a lack of confidence in the staff. For this reason you should work hard on retraining your staff to the level which you believe they should be at. If you invest the time on this then it will pay you back in no time at all and leave you to concentrate on running the business and not getting caught up in the detail.
Find Ways to Relax
On a personal level, you must find ways in which you can relax away from work, it may just be an hour at the gym, a few hours on the basketball court or a weekly massage, whatever it is, find it and use it as an escape from the stresses of the business. You are only good to the company if you are at 100% and in order to maintain this level, you need to find a way to vent your energy.