Being a business owner and entrepreneur can make things a little unpredictable from time to time. Particularly when you’re just starting off, creating a brand image and a company – it can seem as though creating the right work-life balance is impossible.

Fortunately, there are some useful tips out there that can make the process of dealing with the competing demands of your business a little simpler. Just remember to take it easy and give yourself a break from time to time, being an entrepreneur is a demanding experience – but you won’t accomplish much if you burn the candle too quickly at both ends. Looking after yourself is just as important as looking after your business.

1.    Outsource Whatever You Can

Just because you’re running a one-person business doesn’t necessary mean that you have to do everything yourself. While attempting to wear every hat that comes with managing a company can seem like a good way to save money – it’s also a surefire way to ensure that you run out of steam before anything really gets accomplished. Look at your business and consider the places where you might need a little help. For instance, if you outsource your bookkeeping to a virtual bookkeeper, you could end up with more time to focus on marketing, or improving your product.

Bookkeeping is usually one of the best tasks to outsource in any business, as it not only frees up hours of time that you can use to focus on other aspects of your company – but it also helps to make sure that you’re working in line with the rules and regulation of taxes, and the IRS.

2.    Use the Tools that Make Things Easier

Downloading a host of plugins and tools to your computer that can help make running your business a smoother experience doesn’t count as “cheating” your way to success. There are a range of great solutions out there that can help to take some of the stress off your shoulders – from Xero for invoicing, to Evernote for keeping track of business notes.

You can even find tools that automatically post updates on your social media channels for you so that you can stay ahead of your marketing efforts without having to stop what you’re doing or run out of a meeting to add to your Twitter feed.

3.    Schedule Time to Take Care of Yourself

As an entrepreneur, it can feel as though there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. However, if you don’t put at least some time aside to look after yourself, you’re not going to have a business to worry about in the first place. Though your company might need a lot of work, you also need a certain number of hours of sleep per night, and some time to exercise and stretch your legs. Make sure that you look after yourself, alongside your business.

4.    Focus on One thing at a Time

Finally, whatever you’re doing – whether it’s something for your company or something for yourself – make sure that you’re fully present in the moment. Plenty of studies have helped to show what our brains look like when we’re multi-tasking, and the chaos really isn’t pretty. If you’re not focusing on one thing at a time – and you’re actively pushing yourself to accomplish numerous different tasks – then you’re increasing your chances of mistakes being made and problems arising.

There aren’t really any magic bullets out there that will make time management a piece of cake for the average entrepreneur – but every small step you take can be a part of the time management puzzle. From focusing on each task individually, to outsourcing jobs when you need to, try using the four tips outlined above to simplify your business operations.

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