Starting a new business is fun. It is exciting to think that you will be your own boss and make money. These are all good things about business life. On the flip side, being a company of one can get to be too much at times. No one wants to admit when they are in over their heads, but if the business is to continue to thrive, knowing the warning signs and getting help is vital.
Do you waste more and more time each day? This is not a slight. We all waste a fair amount of time, even with our businesses. Wasting time could be spending too much time answering emails or looking something up on the Internet. It could be taking thirty minutes to write up a “To Do” list and then only doing one or none of the things on it.
This could be a sign that the business is overwhelming us. Instead of jumping in and tackling the tasks that need to be done, we avoid the one job we know we need to address because we either don’t have the answers or don’t want to deal with it. Either way, our business is going to suffer as long as we hide from the task.
Look to fellow business owners for help. This is why it is important to be a part of forums and organizations that deal with your area of business. You are not the first business owner to feel this way and you won’t be the last. Someone out there has practical tips that can help you to get over the hurdle and be successful in your business.
Does it seem that you work and work each day but the pile of work never seems to get any smaller? This is a sign that you need help. Take a step back and look at your business as a whole. What is consistently not getting done? What is the nature of the majority of the work that is left each day?
Consider your options. If emails have you bogged down, find ways to organize things so that it doesn’t take five or more hours to answer them. Set up your work day to include an hour for dealing with emails. During this time, you can answer, organize, flag, create drafts, and whatever else you have to do to keep the emails from overwhelming you.
It is marketing that concerns you? Choose one area to market your business. This doesn’t mean that this is the only area to use. Quite the contrary is true. Once this area gets going, explore another part of the marketing strategy. Diversifying is necessary but not all at once.
Are you overwhelmed? Take time to discover the source and find solutions to alleviate the stress.