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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 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘵𝘴 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 𝘫𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘴 can lead to severe 𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘵.


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 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚-𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙫𝙚𝙙 𝙨𝙢𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙗𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙤𝙬𝙣𝙚𝙧 𝙞𝙣 𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙙 𝙤𝙛 𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚.


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 𝘩𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘝𝘈 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴; 𝘴𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘦𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘴𝘬𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘦𝘯𝘫𝘰𝘺 𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵.

So I did what I needed to do - 𝗜 𝗵𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁.


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 𝘸𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘵𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 can be the 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴. 𝗜𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗱, 𝗳𝗼𝗰𝘂𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗴𝘁𝗵𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝘁𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁.