Many of us dream of having our own business and being successful entrepreneurs. However, not many of us have stopped for a reality check; how does running a cleaning business affect your mental health? How stressful can it become and how could you manage it better?
As rewarding and exciting as growing your cleaning business could be, it takes a toll on your mental health. When you are ultimately responsible for your company’s success (or demise) it’s only human to be under a lot of stress. Especially if your business is just starting out, you’re the one hiring people, training employees, finding clients, and so much more.
What is so stressful about a cleaning business?
First of all, just like with any other kind of business, you need to make sure you hit certain targets, perhaps even trying to improve your performance with each month. Find the best strategy to achieve your business goals and make sure all employees understand and follow your plan of action.
Additionally, you are ultimately responsible for finding and retaining clients. That also includes maintaining high cleaning standards, staying on top of the schedule, making sure your customers are happy, on top of facilitating marketing activities for promoting your business.
All of the stress factors above are for when your business is going very well. However, every company has its ups and downs. Therefore, we can add on the list having unmotivated or absent staff, work piling up, difficult or unsatisfied clients, and even customers who try to take advantage of you.
How to stay on track with your mental health
There is nothing more important than mental health. If you ignore it, everything will start crumbling down. Making mental health a priority in your life can be a major factor in your company’s growth.
Most business owners work more than 40 hours per week. If your company is just starting, the numbers skyrocket. Working too many hours for an extended period of time can damage your relationships, cause health problems and ultimately lead to burnout. However, here are some tips and tricks to protect yourself:
- Let technology be your friend
If you can afford it, automatisation can be your best friend. Letting software handle the menial jobs can offer you and your employees more time to take care of what’s important. There are a lot of tasks that can be streamlined, from social media, to payroll, and even social media.
- Accept help
Most of us are wired to try to single-handedly take on the world. However, that’s not the most practical or healthy way of approach. But if you surround yourself with people with a similar mindset to yours, you can start relying on your team to get things done together. This way you divide responsibilities and don’t put all the pressure on yourself alone.
Not every task is a high priority one. Even though they all seem important, start your day by making a list of the things you have to do, in the order of their priorities. This way you have an overview of your workload for the day while also knowing what is important and what can be postponed.
- Don’t neglect physical health
You know the saying “Healthy mind in a healthy body”. When you are extremely busy, it’s easy to neglect your physical health. However, mental health is related to the physical one, making both of them a priority. You need to keep your energy levels high if you want to be in the right mindset to grow your business.
- Take breaks
Take regular breaks and vacations in order to avoid burnout. This can help you change your perspective and mindset so that you can overcome any problems that come your way. Working continuously will only make you feel overwhelmed, and the actual joy of running your own business will be diminished.
- Let go
There are certain things that you can’t control. These could be a client that will never be satisfied or an employee that doesn’t fit your team. Not everything is fixable and not all the problems are your fault. Learn when to let go of the things you can’t improve and move forward.
Nobody said running your own cleaning business is easy or unrelated to your mental health. Everything comes with challenges, but you need to learn to enjoy the learning opportunities while protecting and even improving yourself along the way.
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