Run Smart, Not Hard: How to Care for Yourself as an Entrepreneur

Run Smart, Not Hard: How to Care for Yourself as an Entrepreneur

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Running a business is supposed to make your life more exciting and fulfilling. The stress should never bring you to your knees day after day. While your business may be a number one priority in your life, you also need to delegate time to care for yourself. With a smart business strategy, self-care, and extra help, you can reduce your stress and reap the benefits of success. Read on for more tips from Elicia Nademin and Kelli Brewer of


Set Up a Smart Business Strategy

Your business strategy is the roadmap for running your business. It includes all of the steps your company needs to take to secure your goals and achieve your vision. Business strategies have your vision, values, tactics, strengths, weaknesses, resource allocation, and measurable success detailed. You may have multiple strategies within the main business plan. For example, you need a marketing strategy to help reach potential clients and a human resources strategy for payroll, training, and hiring.

To form your business, you may want to consider an LLC. Limited liability companies come with certain tax advantages, flexibility, and less paperwork. If you need help, a formation service like can help you with business formation and filing the proper paperwork, and can walk you through the process of starting an LLC in Arizona.


Hire Necessary Help

Many entrepreneurs want to do everything for themselves. They buy into the old idea that they should do it themselves if they want something done right. In reality, a lack of delegation can increase your stress levels, spread you thin, and harm your business in the long run. Hiring necessary help begins with accepting that you cannot do everything on your own. To run a business takes teamwork.

Think about your strengths and weaknesses. If you have a creative mind but find finances and math difficult, delegate your accounting and tax preparation to someone with experience and education. Consulting companies have specialized skills that can help with challenging projects. For instance, you may not afford an information technology department, but IT is critical to avoid data risks. In this situation, you would hire a consulting team to help.


Focus on Self-Care

Forget the comparison of self-care and self-indulgence. Self-care includes actions that you take to retain your health. Nowadays, many people feel lonely and unable to wind down after work. This causes overwhelming anxiety and the inability to perform simple tasks.

As an entrepreneur, you do not have the time to slack on your mental or physical health. According to Yes Supply, “me time” is critical to caring for yourself. Time for yourself may include:

  • Meditation
  • Journaling
  • Reflection
  • Art/Creative Projects/Mindful Coloring
  • Exercise/Yoga

Try to slow down with the little tasks, such as your morning coffee or lunch. Do not answer emails during a meal and instead take the time to enjoy your food and reflect on your day. Careful too of how much time you spend scrolling social media. Set a timer to limit time lost to unproductive activity that may subtly steal your joy.

Regular exercise also contributes to stress relief, notes Mayo Clinic. Whether you choose the gym or work out at home, exercise boosts the production of endorphins and reduces the impact stress has on your body. When under constant stress, you may suffer from digestive or immune system issues. Eating healthy is essential for your well-being as well. Proper nutrition ensures you have enough energy to complete all the tasks on your plate.

To keep your stress levels under control, you need to have a business plan in place and understand the importance of delegation and self-care. When you let your health go to the wayside, you may be unable to continue running your business to the best of your ability. Caring for yourself is essentially caring for your business.


Elicia Nademin is a speaker, author, entrepreneur and coach inspired to help create a kinder world one memorable moment at a time. Let’s always strive to bring out the best in one another by embracing every opportunity to spark connection and help one another feel seen.

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Thank you as always to Kelli Brewer for her collaboration and insights into serving others and making the world a better, more inspired place!


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