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Finding Time as a Small Business Owner: The Top Challenges and Solutions

Or 5 Reasons You Suck at Owning a Business (OK too strong)

Small business owners are known for their tireless work ethic, constantly putting in long hours and sacrificing their personal time for the sake of their businesses. While working hard is necessary for success, it is also crucial for business owners to find a balance between their work and personal lives.

Yet, despite their best intentions, many small business owners struggle to find the time and energy to attend to tasks outside of work. In this blog post, we will explore the top challenges that small business owners face in finding free time and getting out of working 80 hour weeks, as well as the solutions to overcome them.

Here are 5 reasons owning a business can be so hard

Challenge #1: Overwhelmed by the tasks at hand
Small business owners often wear many hats, including managing finances, marketing, customer service, and more. In addition, they may supervise employees, maintain inventory, and oversee operations.

When all of these tasks pile up, it can be overwhelming and lead to long days. One solution to this problem is to prioritize tasks, create to-do lists, and delegate more responsibilities to other employees, if possible.

Challenge #2: Not delegating enough
While delegating may seem like an easy solution, many business owners fail to delegate enough of their work. Instead, they might feel that they are the only one who can complete a task correctly or efficiently.

Learning to trust and delegate to employees is crucial to finding time outside of work, not to mention it can also help improve morale and motivation among employees.

Challenge #3: Always available to clients/customers
Small business owners might feel pressured to always be available to clients or customers, leading to feelings of guilt or anxiety when they cannot meet these demands.

Setting boundaries by having specific hours of operation or designating an employee to handle customer service calls can help alleviate these pressures.

Challenge #4: Difficulty prioritizing personal tasks
When small business owners finally have free time, they may struggle to complete personal tasks, such as running errands or spending time with family and friends.

Block scheduling time for personal tasks, such as carving out a few hours each week for a hobby or setting aside time for a date night, can help prioritize personal time.

Challenge #5: Lack of self-care
Small business owners may frequently put their business needs ahead of their own. However, this can lead to burnout and health problems.

Making time for exercise, meditation, or other self-care activities can help business owners stay energized, focused, and productive.


In conclusion, small business owners face many challenges in finding free time and getting out of working 80 hour weeks. However, by prioritizing tasks, delegating responsibilities, setting boundaries, prioritizing personal time, and practicing self-care, business owners can overcome these challenges and lead a more balanced life.

Remember, a healthier and happier small business owner equals a healthier and happier business.

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