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Is Wearing All the Hats in Your Business Leading You to Burnout?


Woman Wearing a Hat

Solopreneurs and entrepreneurs often wear ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜บ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ด in their business. They have to juggle bookkeeping, IT support, strategic planning, customer service, project management, social media management and many more responsibilities. Most of these tasks are essential, but it's important to note that ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜จ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜บ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด can lead to severe ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต.


As a solopreneur, I've experienced this first hand. I like to pride myself on being everything to everyone. Still, I realise that I wasn't doing anyone any favours, least of all myself. I started dropping balls by trying to juggle too much. I became a ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ข๐™š-๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ง๐™ซ๐™š๐™™ ๐™จ๐™ข๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™—๐™ช๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š๐™จ๐™จ ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ง ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™š๐™™ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™–๐™จ๐™จ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š.


When you are faced with a crossroads, wearing all the hats can be detrimental to your well-being, physically, mentally and emotionally. The decisions before me were:


  1. Hire an assistant so you can avoid burnout, take more time for self-care, concentrate on the areas of your business that you love and last but not least, grow your business.

  2. Stay in the status quo, have a nervous breakdown due to burnout, lose clients, and lose my reputation for being efficient and effective.


This is when ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข ๐˜๐˜ˆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด; ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฑ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฌ๐˜ด ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต.

So I did what I needed to do - ๐—œ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜.


Strength isn't about being able to do everything alone. Strength is knowing when to ask for help and not being too proud to do it.

We all need help sometimes, and it doesn't make you any less successful in raising your hand and asking for it. I've seen first-hand how quickly trying to do everything, and ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด can be the ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด. ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ, ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜๐—ต๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜๐˜€๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜.

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