Managing the Stress of Running a Small Business

operating a small businessEvery successful small business owner will tell you that one of the keys to successfully getting a small business off the ground is stress management. Stress is an unavoidable aspect of small business ownership and management. There will be times when it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders and you will want to quit. Implementing practices to manage your stress is crucial to the longevity of your business and to your own health and wellness. Every small business owner needs to discover their own personal solution to the burden of stress, but below are some general guidelines to assist you in finding your way.

  • Good planning. It is critical to be on top of your planning requirements when you are a small business owner. Do not enter into any business day, event or situation blind. Always foresee every business encounter and operation before it happens. This means plan ahead financially, logistically and mentally for anything that could happen so as not to be taken by surprise. Have strategies in place daily to ensure the smooth operation of all business necessities.
  • Hard work. There is no small business opportunity that does not require a business owner to put their back into their work and stretch their necks out a little. If a small business is to survive, its owner needs to expect challenges, crises and setbacks, and needs to be willing to lean into them and overcome them. This is not for the faint of heart or weak of mind. A person needs to have their feet firmly on the ground and take life by the horns in order to accomplish this.
  • Find an outlet. Another stress management tactic that small business owners attest to having an outlet for stress to turn to. Even the most overworked individuals need to engage in some kind of therapeutic activity to keep themselves balanced. Small business owners do not have a great deal of free time to fit therapeutic activities into, but what little free time they have needs to be devoted to an activity such as exercise, meditation, nature recreation, gardening or any number of favorite hobbies.