However, as your business grows, you may experience growing pains. Typically that results in extra work and less time for family and other activities. Likely, one of your reasons for pursuing self-employment was to set your own hours and find work/life balance. If you’re losing that balance, here are some strategies to make running your business easier and reclaim some of your free time:
1. Streamline the payroll process. Once you hire employees, you also have to begin to do payroll. Payroll can be time consuming and frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be. A payroll app can make paying your employees a breeze, and you can regain a few hours in your week every time you do payroll with an app.
2. Hire a virtual assistant. If you run an online business, you can hire a virtual assistant to help you with the workload. The best part is that you won’t need any dedicated office space for your VA. The VA can work from home, even if home is around the globe. You can also hire a VA for as few or as many hours as you need.
3. Hire a community manager. If an integral part of your business is social media, you know what a time suck Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media sites can be, yet for many businesses, having a social media presence is necessary. Instead of taking your time updating your status, why not hire a community manager? This person can answer questions from customers and post status updates and engage the community, giving you back more time.
When you first start a new business, you are likely interested in conserving your money and doing most of the work yourself. However, as your business grows, you may want to focus on tasks that help you make more money and grow the business even more. Outsource those things that are taking up your valuable time to find work/life balance.