Self-Care Tips for Busy Entrepreneurs

In our fast-paced, highly competitive world, being “stressed out” is one of the most common feelings. As an entrepreneur, it’s easy to let stress become part of the daily routine. But, it doesn’t have to be. It’s time to stop accepting the high-stress lifestyle as “just the way it is.” 

You do not need to work 24/7, push, drive and grind until you break. It is possible to build a successful business with balance and wellness at the core.

Gallup found that 39% of the owners they surveyed worked over 60 hours a week. According to a study from OnDeck, just 57% of small business owners take vacations, and that vacation time tends to be far less than the traditional two weeks. Even when on vacation, 67% of small business owners will check work at least once a day.

So, to the busy, stressed-out, and overworked entrepreneur reading this, here are the tips for taking care of yourself without sacrificing your business success.

Start The Day Right With a Routine
If you start your day the minute you open your eyes in the morning, there is no doubt a bad day will come your way. 
Take time to start your day with a routine such as taking a shower, exercising, having a cup of coffee, and eating a healthy breakfast. These things are just basic morning routines that will give you the fresh start you need as a business owner.

Take Breaks 
Use your free time to go for a walk, enjoy a beverage, or spend a few minutes meditating. If you spend all day at a computer, make sure you’re adopting the 20/20/20 rule. Take a 20-second break, every 20 minutes, and look at something 20 feet away.

Stay Organized 
Keeping things organized is also an act of self-care. How often do you get flustered when you can’t find what you want, especially when you need it ASAP? By sticking to an organized system, you’ll always be ready to go.

Cut Yourself Some Slack 
In life, we tend to be our own worst critics, which is stressful. We tend to say such negative things to ourselves and put extra pressure and strain on our shoulders when it’s not necessary. It’s time to change this and find methods to be kinder to ourselves. Acknowledge that you don’t have to be the best all the time, and if you have a bad day, you aren’t failing as a business owner.

Get Moving
Try to get some form of exercise every day. Exercise works wonders for releasing stress and clearing your head on a busy day. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, step away from your desk for a quick walk around the block or a 5-minute stretch. This will help you be more present during your post-work hours and improve your sleep at night. 

Delegate and Outsource
Outsource the things that drain your energy or take you out of your creative flow to a Virtual Assistant. With less stress, you can focus on innovation in your business, as opposed to worrying about smaller day-to-day tasks. When you’re feeling sick or close to burnout, don’t be afraid to lean even more on your VA. That’s what they are there for! Your business and your team of VAs can manage a day, a week, or even a month without you!

Different Ways To Market Your Business Online For Free

There are billions of customers looking for new products and services and nearly as many ways to catch their attention.

For many business owners, the word marketing conjures up visions of pricey marketing strategies and excessive expenditure.

However, it doesn’t have to be expensive: there are plenty of free ways to market a business.

Here are a few ways for you to market your online business for free.

Email Marketing

Start by setting up a free account with Mailer Lite or Mailchimp, and start distributing emails.

Avoid being overly promotional and always offer something genuinely useful to your audience. Keep the emails regular but never bombard, otherwise people will hit unsubscribe.

Video Marketing

YouTube offers a great resource for marketing your business on the web. While you might find some friction at the outset in building your audience, if you focus on creating useful videos, eventually, you’ll reach a vast amount of people. Again, you have to focus on adding value without much concern for generating profit.

Post to Facebook

Facebook is a viable option for almost all businesses. Unfortunately, the latest algorithm updates have made it harder than ever for businesses to gain visibility in the news feed without paying. You don’t need to spend a fortune to get your ads out there, create a budget and stick to it! Post regular updates – be engaging and exciting, don’t be too promotional, and be genuinely interesting.

Create an Instagram & TikTok

Contenders of being the top social media platforms, Instagram & Tik Tok have an ever-increasing user base.

Your business can benefit from a visual presence online. Ensure you are dedicating time to building a strong Instagram account. Remember that it’s a visual platform, so carefully curated content is key.

Build your network on LinkedIn

If your business is a B2B company, be sure to have a strong presence on LinkedIn. It’s also a great place for building your network. The same rules apply to LinkedIn as other social platforms – engage with relevant people and offer genuine insight.

Content creation / Blog posts

If you haven’t already got a blog on your website, don’t wait for a second longer. Do it. Right now. You’ll probably have noticed that there are a disconcerting amount of blogs on the web. So don’t do what everyone else is doing; be different, be helpful and be relevant.

How can a Virtual Assistant help you to market your business online?

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You decide when you need support for your business and we provide the right resources. You get to save time and money by delegating tasks so that you can focus on growing your business rather than working in it.

How will North American and Overseas VA benefit your business?

Which is better for your business, a North American VA or an Overseas VA?

Unfortunately, there is no candid answer to this particular question. Both options, North American and Overseas VA, have their own benefits. They each have different advantages to offer, depending on what the needs are for your business.

North American Assistant

Our North American assistant rates are generally higher than you’ll find overseas, but you have to weigh that against the benefits of employing a native English speaker and “hiring domestic”.

North American assistants have the advantage of working with clients or companies in the same time zone. If you are someone who relies heavily on your VA for high-priority tasks, then having someone in the same time zone as you to cater to your needs is definitely an advantage. North American VAs also provide an advantage when it comes to cultural understanding. Since you’re practically working with someone in the same region, there shouldn’t be that much of a cultural difference, so the adjustment period should be a breeze.

Communication is another plus when it comes to hiring North American VAs. Whatever your native tongue is, if you hire a North American VA, there’s a high chance that you will be working with someone speaking your primary language. However, this doesn’t mean that communication will be a problem when you hire overseas.

Overseas Assistant

We can’t argue that a North American VAs means that they’re likely going to be more attuned to your culture and level of English. Even so, this doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a barrier when it comes to hiring Overseas VAs.

At My Virtual Assistant, we employed highly skilled and educated Overseas staff with the same level of written and verbal communication from the countries of the Caribbean and Pacific South.

The primary advantage of working with an Overseas VA is saving money. Our overseas assistant’s rates are lower than North American VAs.

For every business, it is practical to grab cost-saving solutions wherever or whenever they become available. One such avenue for cost-effective solutions is through overseas outsourcing. We provide highly experienced Overseas VAs at lower rates. You are essentially gaining access to exceptional skill sets and experiences for a minimal investment.

A common barrier is the time zone difference, however, our overseas remote workers are open to adjusting their working hours to match your own.

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