Becoming a Balanced Entrepreneur

by Claire Minnaar

If you are thinking about starting your own business or you are already trying your hand at being an entrepreneur, you will know that this can be a thrilling endeavour with enormous rewards. The only thing is, once your business is up and running you’ll need to have everything else in your life under control too (a near impossibility at the best of times). Here are some things you might find useful in creating a work-home balance in your lifestyle.

Scheduling regular dates with the family

Whether it’s going to the dentist, playing Lego or having brunch, this is a great way to maintain balance through finding the space to spend quality time with the family.

Doing all the things an 8 – 5 jobs make difficult

With your own business you have the freedom to set your own working hours and deadlines, which means when you’re creating your weekly schedule you can pencil in quality time with the kids as well as some relaxation time for yourself. All you’ll need to do is manage your time wisely enough to be able to meet your set targets.

Setting yourself up from home

Using your home office for business-related activities only will help you change your mindset when you’re in the rest of the house. Keeping your favourite chair as the chair you sit in when you’re watching your favourite series and not the one you use to finish up monthly reports will help you separate your business and personal affairs.

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