I work with business owners who are changing the world. That’s not hyperbole. I’m an Online Business Manager and the majority of my clients work in the therapeutic space. A lot of them work with children and their parents and they change their lives. They use their well honed skills and oversized hearts to help make a difference in the world. You’d think these kids and their families would be their sole focus. That they could target all their energy on making lives better. But if you’re a business owner of any kind, you know that’s not the reality.
“Spreadsheets give me anxiety.”
Owning and growing a business is hard work and that work often doesn’t involve doing what you do best. And to many, it’s a surprise. If you’re a therapist and you proudly open your own practice, you probably imagined yourself seeing clients and maybe giving an occasional lecture or workshop. You didn’t imagine the hours it would take invoicing those clients, managing your calendar, keeping track of endless paperwork, marketing your practice, hiring a team, updating your website and social media, and creating systems to make all of that run smoothly. And there’s always more. If you’re lucky and do have a few minutes of white space on your calendar, you can probably sit down and come up with a dozen more to-dos on your wish list.
So yes, I actually do have a client who gets anxiety from spreadsheets. And others who have so many clients that managing the schedule can suck hours out of their day. Hours spent away from doing what they do best. So let’s stop, take a deep breath, and remember the following:
Just because you’re a solopreneur, doesn’t mean you have to do everything solo!
Solopreneur is a misnomer. Yes, you are the sole owner of your business, but no, you cannot nor should you do everything alone. In fact, the odds of your business growing and becoming more successful are greater if you don’t try to do everything yourself. Believe me, I know! I don’t just preach this advice, I live it. I’ve added to my team in the past year and am continuing to do so. It’s helped open up space in my business so I can focus on what I do best and brainstorm future steps.
So take some deep breaths (I’m all about the breath.) and ask yourself,
Am I really serving my clients (and me) in the best possible way by doing everything myself?
Do I want to continue feeling stressed out and overworked because I do it all?
Can I sustain this pace not just for this year, but for years to come?
If the answer to any or all of those questions is NO and you’d like to talk about it, schedule a free call and we’ll do just that. Find out how an Online Business Manager can take you from stressed out and frazzled to calm, productive and loving your business again.