As a small business owner, you wear a lot of different hats. Your days are filled (and filled) with non-negotiable tasks. There are the things that make you money, the things that nurture your employees. There are the marketing plans and the sales projections that need to be finished. And you haven't even gotten to the pile of paperwork on the desk.
There's no question that starting - and running - a business can be overwhelming.
Even the smallest businesses can benefit from outsourcing or hiring help. So, when is it time to reach out? A few questions can help you decide whether this is just a rough couple days or whether you've reached a breaking point.
- Do you have enough time in the day to get your work done? If the days are busy, but you're wrapping things up before you leave the office, you might try to wait a bit longer and save the money that you'd spend on an employee or a contractor. But if you're overwhelmed on a daily basis and feel like you can't keep up, it might be time to get some help.
- Do you have time to spend with your friends and family without worrying about your business? If you are constantly thinking about your business and what you should be doing, even when you are out with your friends and family, you may need the support of an additional staff person or an independent contractor so you can enjoy the time that you spend with those you love.
- Do you have enough free time to relax and take care of yourself? If the idea of eating lunch during the workday is a complete joke, perhaps it's time to call in some resources. Sustaining a business for the long term request energy, and that means you need time to eat well and rest. Even better, throw in some exercise a couple hobbies too.
If you're overwhelmed at the office and buried under anxiety about your business while you're at home with your friends and family, you may need to think about hiring someone to help, whether you need a part or full-time employee or just someone to outsource to when you are extra busy. Once you're able to delegate some tasks, you may wonder why you waited so long.
If you've answered these questions and know it's time for help, contact us. We'll make sure your books are under control.