How To Avoid Solopreneur Burnout

There’s no question about it: being a solo entrepreneur can be incredibly rewarding. Just imagine the satisfying feeling of building a business from scratch and seeing it flourish after a lot of hard work. 

It is also true, however, that owning and running a business entirely on your own can be extremely challenging. Without any partners or employees around to help or guide, it also means you’ll be alone in dealing with the issues and problems you’ll encounter along the way - which can sometimes be pretty overwhelming.    

You’ll have to battle constantly with stress if you want to avoid solopreneur burnout.

What you need to know about solopreneur burnout

According to Psychology Today, burnout is “a state of emotional, mental, and often physical exhaustion brought on by prolonged or repeated stress”. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization describes burnout as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed”.

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So what can you to handle and overcome solopreneur burnout? We have some helpful ideas to share.

1. Recognize that stress is normal.

First and foremost, you have to realize that feeling stressed is natural. Managing a business, finding your target market, and encountering customer complaints can be hard, especially if you’re a lone entrepreneur. Remember, stress can lead to burnout, making it almost impossible to stay motivated. Looking back on the goals you set at the beginning of your journey is an easy way to connect with what inspired you to become an entrepreneur in the first place.

You want to make good decisions but at the end of the day, doing everything yourself will never be easy. Sure, stress is inevitable but it doesn’t have to bring you down if you know how to deal with it.

As German aviator and religious leader Dieter F. Uchtdorf once said, “It’s your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop.”

2. Evaluate what you’re doing right - and what you can do to improve. 

Solo entrepreneurship can be a trial-and-error process but what’s most important is that you’re learning from the experience. 

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Take time to reflect both on your accomplishments and mistakes. Celebrate your wins and milestones, no matter how big or small. And then be aware of how you can steer clear of the same mistakes all over again.   

3. Do your best to avoid multitasking.

Known for wearing many hats, solopreneurs are liable to fall into the tendency of juggling several tasks all the time. Keep in mind, however, that experts have repeatedly warned about the damaging effects of multitasking.

It’s always better to tackle tasks one at a time rather than trying to do too many all at once. Setting a schedule, for example, can be helpful. Write a to-do list and prioritize what needs your immediate attention so you don’t get distracted from achieving your goals.  

4. Have a healthy work-life balance.

We cannot emphasize this enough: maintaining a realistic work-life balance is crucial. The late Stephen R. Covey often taught:

“We must never become too busy sawing to take time to sharpen the saw.” 

As he explained in his best-selling book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, sharpening the saw means “preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have – you”.

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So don’t let your business consume all your time. Take breaks. Get adequate sleep. Meditate. Eat healthy meals. Exercise. Go out for a walk. Explore nature. Watch a movie. Read a book. Listen to calming music. Enjoy a hobby. Simple things like these will help you feel recharged to work again and more capable of handling stress. 

To sum it up: If you take care of yourself, you can effectively take care of your business, too.

5. Outsource.

Even if you still can’t afford to have full-time employees, you can still seek help from others through outsourcing. There are thousands of skilled freelancers and virtual assistants out there who can help you with tasks such as designing your promotional materials, maintaining your social media pages, responding to your emails, and many more.

When you hire the right people, outsourcing can really help take your startup to the next level. 

6. Change work settings.

You may be operating from a small office or even your basement. That’s perfectly understandable if you’re starting out but here’s the thing: a change of environment can also help you fight burnout.

The most obvious workplace alternative, of course, is a nearby coffee shop with good WiFi. If you want a more professional setting, you can instead check out coworking spaces. 

If you’re in New York City, you’ll be glad to know that we here at The Farm Soho offer our members various packages that fit their needs and budget. Case in point, those who want something affordable can go for our open space options (such as day pass, hot desk, or dedicated desk) where they can enjoy perks such as private phone booth access, unlimited coffee and tea, plus conference room access, among others.  

Meanwhile, those working with a team and who prefer extra privacy could book one of our private offices, or opt for full floor offices. Thinking of holding a small event? We’ve got you covered with that, too, because we have loft venues, meeting rooms, the rooftop, and a spacious industrial event venue.

Feel free to book a tour with us and we’ll happily show you around.

Conclusion: You can overcome solopreneur burnout

With all that in mind, we hope you, as a solopreneur, will find the motivation you need to keep going with your business. Best of luck with your business and we look forward to helping you succeed!


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