In The News

Tue 4 Sep 2018

Work-Life Balance and the Self-Employed Business Owner


International Business
Is there really such a thing as work-life balance?

I’m tending to think that there is no work-life balance… it’s a myth that we made up – an absolutely unattainable goal that people continue to wax lyrical about, yet it’s more and more apparent that it is potentially the carrot on the stick reward that we never quite get to.

Being a self-employed, successful Virtual Assistant who also helps others to set up their own equally successful VA businesses, I’m fairly certain that my colleagues and friends think I have this work-life balance thing down pat… I even thought I did, but on closer inspection it seems like I’m a little off the mark.

Take July for example – 4 interstate trips (3 in the car driving over 1200 km return for each), numerous one on one workshops in different cities, sleeping in uncomfortable beds, and working on Sundays for goodness sakes!  What was I thinking?

If I’m totally honest with myself, I’ve never worked so hard in my life as now.  I’m my own worst boss because I have very high expectations of my own performance.  To be blunt, I’m DRIVEN to succeed, no matter what.

And I know there are plenty of other business owners out there who can relate.

Here’s the kicker though; because we’re our own bosses, we actually have a choice in what we do!

In reality, being self-employed has its advantages if we only stopped for a moment and thought about it.  In those small choices that we make for ourselves, like saying “no”, or taking some time out for ourselves to enjoy the simple pleasures of a sunny winter morning, we actually do have far more chance of achieving that illusive ideal of work-life balance – certainly more so than many employees in today’s workforce.

So, if this is you (and I’m guessing I’m not Robinson Crusoe here), why not take a moment to think about what you’re doing right now… and if you’re feeling like it’s just getting a little too much, make an executive decision to stop and breathe.  The Earth won’t stop turning, I promise!

If you can’t do at least that for yourself, then what’s the good of having the “freedom” of your own business?


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