Can A Minimalist Business Improve Work/Life Balance?

Can A Minimalist Business Improve Work/Life Balance?

Is the perfect work/life balance something that is attainable? Is this something that we should even strive for? Some say yes, and others say no.

Me personally I am all about trying to find the sweet spot between fulfilling work and meaningful down time with my family and friends. Each day is a gift and the next day is never guaranteed. This why it is important to have priorities in check.

Family, work, and friends are my top three priorities, and I try to balance between all three of them the best I can. Achieving the perfect work/life balance is exactly why I started my business. Being a small business owner gives you the power over your schedule like never before but do business owners take the opportunity to exercise control over their schedule or do they let work get in the way of life.

Small Business Owners Live At Work

Recent surveys have found that majority of small business owners are working very long hours despite being in control of their own schedule. A study conducted by New York Enterprise Report found that 33% of small business owners surveyed worked more than 50 hours a week! The report also found that 25% of small business owners worked over 60 hours a week!!

While I appreciated hard work and dedication to one’s business but working this much week in and week out has to be exhausting. There has to be a better way than working yourself down to the bone and missing time to invest in yourself and spending time with loved ones.

We were not put on this Earth only to work and die. Everyone has a purpose in life, and it is up to us to discover what that purpose is.

As a fellow small business owner, I urge you to take a step back and think about what is important to you. Is there a way to balance the need to run a successful business and make time for other things in your life. I empathically believe that you can have both using minimalism and mindfulness.

Create A Minimalist Business From The Start

If you are thinking about starting a business or you already have a business, you can create a minimalist business right now. It all starts with a minimalist mindset. What I mean by a minimalist mindset is commit to being a small one or 5 person business.

By committing to running a minimalist business, you are affirming to yourself that your time is valuable, and you are not going to let the pursuit of growth become the master of your time. The continual development of a business takes time and energy away from other interests in your life.

The fewer people that you have to manage the easier it will be to manage your time. I’m not saying that you have to be a hermit and never interact with anyone, but the larger the business, the more time you will spend managing other people’s time.

Our economy allows us to run a minimalist business with a few taps on your phone or tablet. There are thousands of freelancers ready to help you run your business without the hassle of managing their time.

Here are a few places where you can find ready, willing and able freelancers available to get the job done.

Task Rabbit

Fiverr

Guru

Freelancers Union

The time that you would have spent telling employees what to do can now be devoted to working out, spending time with your kids, meditating, writing. You get the idea. A minimalist business gives you the freedom to live your life the way it was meant to be!

As a minimalist business owner growth isn’t the most important aspect of your business, it is a byproduct of choosing to invest in all facets of your life. If your personal life is whole and balanced, this will naturally impact your business in a positive way and vice versa. We are holistic beings, and we should see the world as such.

Feel free to leave a comment below or contact me if you interested collaborating with me. Take care.

 

 

 

2 Replies to “Can A Minimalist Business Improve Work/Life Balance?”

  1. Hi Robert,

    Nice article and these days building passive income sources help keep work life balance. Truelancer.com helps businesses find Top Rated Freelancers to get work done and focus on more important things.

    1. Hi Dipesh,

      I agree 100% building passive income is a good way to create the ideal work/life balance. There are so many opportunities to do this today thanks to the power of the internet. My hope is that more people catch on to this idea and try to implement this into their life.

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