Reducing the Stress of Being an Entrepreneur

Starting and running your own business can be exciting and rewarding, but it can also be very stressful. For most of our almost 40 year marriage my husband has been an entrepreneur and I have sometimes worked with him. Having built my own business as a Stress Reduction Coach I have been reflecting on the stresses of being an entrepreneur.

Signs and sources of stress

Some of the signs of stress overload include irritability, anxiety about the sustainability of the business, and/or high business debt. Relationships within the family can suffer if they do not understand the entrepreneurial drive or the time and effort it takes to start and run a business. For women entrepreneurs, the job of running the household and balancing work and home can create enormous stressors. When you work from home, all the household tasks that need to be done can pull you away from your business. People who are drawn to be entrepreneurs are sometimes idea people who don't like detail and repetitive tasks. Having to work on those things can create stress as well. And when you're stressed it's harder to concentrate and focus.

Organize your environment

One of the solutions is to reduce the stress and create an environment that discourages stress. Have a place where you can keep everything together and organized. A written plan of action for the business posted where you can see it along with a daily plan can help you focus the time you have available.

A system that works for me

I am not a person who comes to organization easily and I have struggled to find a way that works. Daytimers and lists help for a short while, but I have never been able to keep up with them. One thing I have found that works is to have a "big picture overview" of what needs to be done where I can see it. I have a poster board size piece of "static cling" presentation sheet that adheres to my door. It can be easily rolled up and removed if needed. I have several categories that I've posted at the top of the sheet, such as "website," "presentation," etc. These are written on standard sized post-it notes so they can be easily removed and changed. I brainstorm everything I need to do on small post-it notes. After I brainstorm, I then organize the notes in the appropriate columns. I also have a category that says TODAY for the urgent and important things. I can glance at the poster while I am working and see what else I might need to do and when I finish what I need to do, I can throw the post-it away. If something comes up that is not posted, I can put it on a post-it note and put it where it needs to be.

This "system" helped me write many graduate papers and I used it when I planned and wrote my dissertation. Now it helps me as I plan and work my business. This is just one technique that helps me reduce the stress of being an entrepreneur.

Lorna Minewiser, Ph.D has been helping people reduce their stress for more than 15 years. She offers individual and group coaching, workshops, CDs, e-books and a Stress Reduction membership site.For more information you can reach me at http://www.thestressreductioncoach.com

In The News:


Financial Director

G7 risks undermining entrepreneurialism with levies
Financial Director
UHY warms the disparity in the rewards for entrepreneurship between the Brazil Russia India and China (BRIC) and G7 economies puts the G7 at risk of discouraging entrepreneurialism and losing out as a destination for setting up a business. Germany and ...


WND.com

Entrepreneurialism expert joins news site
WND.com
Laura Hollis, a long-time law professor and expert in entrepreneurship, joins WND today as a weekly columnist. Her work will appear each Friday on the news site's Commentary page. Having received both an undergraduate and law degree from the ...


Area Development Online

Location Notebook: Entrepreneurialism Is Riding High in Kentucky
Area Development Online
Location Notebook: Entrepreneurialism Is Riding High in Kentucky. By helping entrepreneurs and small business, Kentucky has managed to regain economic strength sapped by the recession. Cynthia Kincaid , Kincaid Strategic Partners (Directory 2015).


The Press, York

Teaching entrepreneurialism in the classroom to encourage future start ups
The Press, York
WORK is underway to turn around York's low record of new business and graduate start ups with plans to introduce entrepreneurship training in the city's schools. A report is being put together to encourage education and training providers in York to ...


The Guardian

Will Hutton: 'It wouldn't take much to make this country the most dynamic in ...
The Guardian
I love the entrepreneurialism of Palo Alto and Silicon Valley – the experimentation with the new, and the fact that they are all great team players. If I could go shopping, I'd take a little bit of Silicon Valley's get up and go; some elements of the ...


ScoutPro turns smaller idea into huge small business
WPX News
Branstad stated ScoutPro represented home-grown entrepreneurialism, ever-developing precision in agriculture and the high-tech industry's ongoing require for broadband infrastructure. ScoutPro also could be a classic example of a fantastic idea ...

and more »

The Guardian

'Inequality has become a challenge to us as moral beings'
The Guardian
There is a lot going for this country – from great universities engaging in important research to a deeply held belief in the rule of law; from a stirring entrepreneurialism to the fair-mindedness of our society. When there is some discovery of purpose ...


The Guardian

More efficient, more entrepreneurial: how UK colleges benefit from Babson
The Guardian
For Funnell, one of the most exciting things about entrepreneurialism is seeing how it changes people. “I did a presentation two years ago when I came back from Babson, and they [the staff] were enthusiastic, but it was very much me evangelising. We ...


Barrington Chamber Announces 2015 Business Awards
Chicago Tribune
Deborah Leydig is a dynamic example of the spirit and entrepreneurialism that make the Barrington area stand out," Caputo said. "Her 'buy American' strategy is keeping jobs across America. Locally, she is a creative, passionate and encouraging voice ...

and more »

Online Journalism Blog (blog)

Book review: Hill and Lashmar – Online Journalism: The Essential Guide
Online Journalism Blog (blog)
The chapter on entrepreneurial journalism is excellent, treating entrepreneurialism as something that can take place within permanent employment as well as in self-employment, with plenty of examples from outside traditional media. The advice on ...

Google News

How Home-Based Business Entrepreneurs Think

Too many people are trying to start their home businesses... Read More

Increase Profits with No Pain, No Change Approach

Implementing changes, even when they're good for your business, can... Read More

Entrepreneurship: What does it REALLY mean?

Introduction:In a world where ideas drive economies, it is no... Read More

Could a Book About Your Company be Worth $1.7 Billion? Building Value Through Publishing

"Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) to purchase Clayton Homes for $12.50... Read More

Answering Why You, Why Now Critical in a Winning Business Plan

Business plans continue to be an essential element of the... Read More

How To Find Hot Online Business Ideas

Would you like to find the key that unlocks the... Read More

Isnt it Time You Started to Fly?

I am going to begin this article by sharing a... Read More

Competitive Edge

In his book, The Road Ahead, Bill Gates of Microsoft... Read More

The Magic of Thinking Small

Hey!Many of you might disagree and I'm prepared for that.Many... Read More

Business Start Up Tips From Some Hearty Entrepreneurs

When's the last time someone asked you: "What's new?" If... Read More

Increasing Business BIGTIME with a Successful Referral System

What I've discovered from most of my small business clients... Read More

Rx for Falling Corporate Profits

Once again the squeeze is on as renewed inflation worries... Read More

How Entrepreneurs Make Money Selling Global Brands On and Off-line

Did you know that thousands of companies from all over... Read More

Business Startup Checklist

Use this comprehensive checklist to plan each step of your... Read More

Franchises - A Proven Business System

Franchises offer the first time business owner a proven and... Read More

100% of Nothing

What would it be worth to you to receive a... Read More

The Heroic Entrepreneur: Profiting from Your Brilliance

If you look up the definition of hero in Webster's,... Read More

The Entrepreneurs Dilemma

In business, you plan to protect your inventory, your unique... Read More

Differentiation ? Smart Marketing Strategies for the Solo Entrepreneur

Are you ever frustrated or hesitant when you talk to... Read More

The Danger Of Hate

As you have shown an interest in starting a business... Read More

From Bank Clerk to Entreprenuer

What seems like a century ago, I left school and... Read More

Cut to the Quick - What is an Entrepreneur? The Inside Story

Enjoying the title of entrepreneur is a hollow feeling.If you... Read More

Entrepreneurs Ask: As a Novice Entrepreneur, How Can I Feel Less Overwhelmed?

Great question! Overwhelm is very common even among the most... Read More

16 Vital Traits Shared by All Successful Entrepreneurs

The first step in deciding whether to start a business... Read More

Top Ten Ways to Increase Your Profitability

1) Go back to basics. Take a couple of steps... Read More