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There is a strong temptation for people building start-ups to throw themselves whole-heartedly into their business. At first thought, it seems important to commit all free time and resources to the good of the business, and surely dividends will follow, right? Not really.
By being too single-minded about it, what you are looking at is physical, emotional and creative exhaustion. In order to succeed, it is important that a full commitment is given to your work and growth. But this does not mean every waking moment must be spent directly involved. If you don’t work out now how to bring some balance into your life, you’ll end up stuck in a cycle that will cost you your health.
It’s even more important to find work/life balance when you are working closely with clients rather than perhaps opening an online store.
As a bookkeeper, the success of your business comes down to the careful management of your clients as much as it does the careful management of their books. If you are stressed or overworked, the first thing that suffers is your ability to care for your client.
The good news is that while you’re in the start-up phase you are still designing your business. It’s the best time to plan the way you want to live, and build your business around your lifestyle, rather than fit your life in around the business.
Although a drive to succeed and the ability to commit time and energy to your start up is vitally important, making sure to keep a healthy work life balance will be more beneficial in the end. Bookkeeping isn’t the easiest job in the world so to be successful – and enjoy the ride – make sure you take good care of yourself. You are your businesses biggest asset!