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I started my business a few years ago and have been very successful financially as a sole proprietor. The problem is I haven't taken a
vacation, I worry constantly about whether there will be any business after
my current contract, and I never find time for exercise. I'm working
longer hours than I ever did in my office job. Help!
Trying to remember why you started your home-based business: You wanted to have flexible hours; didn't want to go downtown every day; wanted to dress casually some days ; wanted to work with clients with whom you'd developed long term relationships and whose values you shared; You wanted the tax advantages of working from home; and wanted to take time off during school breaks, or for spontaneous hikes on sunny days.
We take our work habits and workaholic tendencies into any type of work environment, whether it's a home office or a corporate office.
The challenge is to manage ourselves, to schedule time to relax and pursue
other life priorities, such as fitness, friends, and family dinners.
If you haven't had a holiday, book one now. Bring in a friend or associate to
cover for you if customers or clients need attention. Let customers know
when you'll be back and only give out your holiday phone number for family
emergencies. Some home-based business people book 3-4 day holiday getaways
that are paid in advance, so there's no chance of canceling. These breaks
are important to refresh and revitalize.
Ongoing professional development is also important to keep us mentally fit. And these expenses are deductible. Choose conferences or courses located in nice places to visit! Don't be afraid to turn down work if you're already too busy, or bring in colleagues to work with you on projects. Remember, one of the reasons many of us chose a home-based business is to feel more in control! So, know your tendencies for overwork, and enjoy the breaks when you get them or build them into your calendar.
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