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Is Your Business Running You Ragged?

When you are in business, it is important that your company works for you and not the other way round. You will need to make sure that you are making the most out of your abilities and your opportunities, and the business runs without you micromanaging it. Below you will find a few tips on how to reclaim your time and your energy.


If you are running a one-man band, you will soon find that you have reached your maximum capacity, and there are simply not enough hours in the day to get everything done. You might not be confident enough to take on full time staff, but you can outsource some of the processes that take you the most time and energy, so you can focus on what you are really good at.

Find the Right Suppliers

One of the reasons why so many small businesses fail is that they don’t choose their market, their suppliers, and partners right. If you are in the restaurant business, for example, you need to ensure that you are getting the best deal and consistent quality, as well as great service. You should consider contacting different wholesale food suppliers and getting a tender out there to make the most out of your budget and never have to worry about deliveries again.  

Train Your Staff

It is crucial that you build assets in your company in the form of knowledge. If you want to be able to step back from your business one day, you should always invest in coaching and training, so your employees can step in your shoes whenever you need them to. You can also improve your customer service and add value by training your employees.


There are some things that can easily be automated in your business in the 21st century. You don’t want to manually do your books and create financial statements. What if you connected your payment processor or your POS to your accounting app, so you don’t have to do the same job twice and you can also get  a clear picture of your finances. You can also automate your social media marketing instead of spending hours each day trying to connect with your audience.  

Focus on the Big Picture

As a business owner, you don’t have to be good at everything, Instead, you just need to know enough of all the processes in your company to manage people and resources. You have to adopt a systems thinking instead of trying to control everything. To get the right work-life balance, you have to do more strategy and less small tasks. Your ultimate goal should be a business that runs itself instead of running you.

If you always feel tired and overwhelmed, chances are that you will need to make some changes in your business, so you can enjoy the fruit of your hard work instead of micromanaging every process in your organisation. Try the above methods to regain control over your time and life.

About the author, Mark

Mark Asquith is a serial entrepreneur who has built globally successful design, marketing, software and digital businesses since he quit his real job in 2005.

A passionate podcaster, global keynote speaker and helpful bloke, Mark is the co-founder of Podcast Websites and the creator of Excellence Expected. He has a terribly embarrassing beard.

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