How to Manage the Stress of Running Your Own Business

Running a successful business can often be hectic and overwhelming. Luckily though, there are some techniques you can implement to better help manage the stresses and strains of the job. Here are five things you can start doing today to handle the stress of running your company:

1. Prioritize

Whenever you’re stressed, make a list of everything that has to be done. Then rank the items in order of importance.

Not only have you done something to manage your stress, but you’ve also created a useful agenda for you and your employees.

2. Pay for Peace of Mind

If you’re just starting out, you’ll want to pinch pennies. But it’s foolish to skimp on legal advice or business insurance. Knowing that you’ve chosen the right business structure, that your personal assets are safe from lawsuits, or that you’re insulated from employee mistakes will spare you countless restless nights.

Lawyers and insurance do cost money, but in the long run, they could save you thousands or even millions of dollars.

3. Say No to Family Money

It can be difficult for a new business to get funding from a bank, so many entrepreneurs turn to family. But that can be more trouble than it’s worth. Running the show is stressful enough without worrying that a wrong step could be financially ruinous for a relative.

If you can’t get money from a traditional lender, consider alternative funding sources such as angel investors, crowd funding, or invoice factoring.

Whether your business is thriving and you can’t keep up, or you are waiting on clients to pay their invoices, Universal Funding can help your growing company. Call us at 800.405.6035 or complete our rate form today to learn more about invoice factoring and how it can improve your company’s cash flow.

4. Take Care of Yourself

You may be productive and invest a lot of time and energy into your business, but you’re not a machine. Make time for yourself by taking coffee breaks, spending an hour at the gym, or calling a mentor or an old friend. These activities may seem frivolous or like wasted time, but they can be restorative and occasionally offer perspective on a business project.

5. Always Be Learning

It’s important to learn from failures as much as your success. The key is to keep learning and not to dwell too much on the negative, which contributes to stress. View your failures as a stepping stone toward your success as you learn from them. There are just as many lessons to be learned from success, and thinking about your triumphs will put you in a better frame of mind to make decisions. Carve out time each week to reflect on what has worked well and what has not. Look at your competitors and other successful businesses that you admire and learn from them. Commit to a weekly learning habit that will allow you to gain greater insight on your business and reduce your overall stress.

The Bottom Line

Running your own business can certainly be quite stressful. However, by implementing these five tips you can make it much less overwhelming right away.

About Universal Funding

Universal Funding is a private funding source that has funded thousands of businesses and more than $2 billion since 1998. We turn your accounts receivable into the funding you need through invoice factoring and can have capital in your hands in a matter of days.

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