Starting a new business can be exciting, but it can be hard too. Sometimes you're left buzzing, other times you feel you are about to crash and burn.

I thought it would be easy starting a business in an area I'd had decades of experience in. I soon realised how naive I was.

There are many new challenges in being an entrepreneur. Working in a business provides only limited experience for running a business. It's never long until you figure out it’s a lot tougher than you thought. It's no wonder then that so many entrepreneurs complain of burnout.

Therapist Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D. defines burnout as:

“a state of chronic stress that leads to physical and emotional exhaustion.”

I've had a lot of people tell me over the years they're burnt out - some quite recently. Indeed this episode was inspired by one such person.

Running your own business does mean that you get to call the shots. However, it comes with so many challenges that can wear you down and suck the enjoyment from what you do.

You may have already hit some challenges, like finding there are not enough hours in the day, mile-long to-do lists or finding that instead of being the boss, you've traded your old boss for a set of new bosses all whom you call "clients."

Burnout is a Serious Issue

In this podcast, I offer you some really practical tips and sensible advice to see it through and come out on top.

If you already suspect you're approaching burnout, or perhaps you are in denial, listen to the early warning signs in this podcast as there are some things you can do about it.

Burnout may only be temporary, but it could also be a serious symptom of a more chronic condition needing medical attention, so do give it some serious thought.

And, depending on your answer to one particular question I ask in this episode, you may get some surprising advice from me you might never associate with a small business coach.

Join us next episode which is about pricing strategy with John Wallace.

Signs of Burnout

Ask yourself how many of these questions you can answer “yes” to.

  • Tiredness
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of energy
  • Insomnia
  • Forgetfulness, poor concentration
  • Physical problems: chest pain, headaches, stomach aches
  • General immune system weakened
  • Loss of appetite and weight
  • Anxiety and tension
  • Stiff aching muscles
  • Depression
  • Irritability, anger, intolerance (with clients, colleagues, family)
  • Loss of enjoyment of life in general
  • Pessimism
  • Lack of trust
  • Isolation
  • Apathy, helplessness
  • Cynicism and detachment
  • Feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment

Hey, Thanks for Listening

To share your thoughts:

To help out the show:

  • Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I promise to read each one.
  • Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher.

Until next time!

Author: Clive Maloney

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Clive is founder and small business coach at Get Real About Business. He specialises in teaching business owners how to make more money, more easily, while enjoying a business and lifestyle that reflects their priorities. Clive's articles have appeared in many publications. He currently hosts the Get Real About Business Podcast in which he shares the mic with world-class experts from around the world to discuss marketing and business growth strategies.

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with Clive Maloney

This is a solo episode with your host Clive Maloney, so no guest today. Clive is a coach, mentor and trainer who has been in the industry for more than 25 years. Clive specialises in helping small and micro-sized business owners to increase sales and systemise their business for maximum profitability.

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You'll Learn

  • Burnout and entrepreneurship [5:27]
  • What burnout is and how to recognise it [9:58]
  • Causes of burnout in small business owners [10:24]
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    The early warning signs of burnout [17:14]
  • check
    The first question to ask yourself [22.24]
  • check
    State management and resilience [24:24]
  • check
    How to challenge burnout [25:00]
  • check
    Re-balancing yourself [30:34]
  • check
    More ways to create the weather [32:38]
  • check
    Building the right support networks [38:22]
  • check
    The outsourcing secret [42:25]

Resources

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Starting a new business can be exciting, but it can be hard too. Sometimes you’re left buzzing, other times you feel you are about to crash and burn.

I thought it would be easy starting a business in an area I’d had decades of experience in. I soon realised how naive I was.

There are many new challenges in being an entrepreneur. Working in a business provides only limited experience for running a business. It’s never long until you figure out it’s a lot tougher than you thought. It’s no wonder then that so many entrepreneurs complain of burnout.

Therapist Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D. defines burnout as:

“a state of chronic stress that leads to physical and emotional exhaustion.”

I’ve had a lot of people tell me over the years they’re burnt out – some quite recently. Indeed this episode was inspired by one such person.

Running your own business does mean that you get to call the shots. However, it comes with so many challenges that can wear you down and suck the enjoyment from what you do.

You may have already hit some challenges, like finding there are not enough hours in the day, mile-long to-do lists or finding that instead of being the boss, you’ve traded your old boss for a set of new bosses all whom you call “clients.”

Burnout is a Serious Issue

In this podcast, I offer you some really practical tips and sensible advice to see it through and come out on top.

If you already suspect you’re approaching burnout, or perhaps you are in denial, listen to the early warning signs in this podcast as there are some things you can do about it.

Burnout may only be temporary, but it could also be a serious symptom of a more chronic condition needing medical attention, so do give it some serious thought.

And, depending on your answer to one particular question I ask in this episode, you may get some surprising advice from me you might never associate with a small business coach.

Join us next episode which is about pricing strategy with John Wallace.

Signs of Burnout

Ask yourself how many of these questions you can answer “yes” to.

  • Tiredness
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of energy
  • Insomnia
  • Forgetfulness, poor concentration
  • Physical problems: chest pain, headaches, stomach aches
  • General immune system weakened
  • Loss of appetite and weight
  • Anxiety and tension
  • Stiff aching muscles
  • Depression
  • Irritability, anger, intolerance (with clients, colleagues, family)
  • Loss of enjoyment of life in general
  • Pessimism
  • Lack of trust
  • Isolation
  • Apathy, helplessness
  • Cynicism and detachment
  • Feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment

Hey, Thanks for Listening

To share your thoughts:

To help out the show:

  • Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I promise to read each one.
  • Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher.

Until next time!

Author: Clive Maloney

Admin bar avatar
Clive is founder and small business coach at Get Real About Business. He specialises in teaching business owners how to make more money, more easily, while enjoying a business and lifestyle that reflects their priorities. Clive's articles have appeared in many publications. He currently hosts the Get Real About Business Podcast in which he shares the mic with world-class experts from around the world to discuss marketing and business growth strategies.

Today’s Show

with Clive Maloney

This is a solo episode with your host Clive Maloney, so no guest today. Clive is a coach, mentor and trainer who has been in the industry for more than 25 years. Clive specialises in helping small and micro-sized business owners to increase sales and systemise their business for maximum profitability.

Subscribe

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You'll Learn

  • Burnout and entrepreneurship [5:27]
  • What burnout is and how to recognise it [9:58]
  • Causes of burnout in small business owners [10:24]
  • checkThe early warning signs of burnout [17:14]
  • checkThe first question to ask yourself [22.24]
  • checkState management and resilience [24:24]
  • checkHow to challenge burnout [25:00]
  • checkRe-balancing yourself [30:34]
  • checkMore ways to create the weather [32:38]
  • checkBuilding the right support networks [38:22]
  • checkThe outsourcing secret [42:25]

Resources

Note: Some of the resources below may be affiliate links, meaning I get paid a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase.

Recent Episodes

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