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Running a business means keeping an eye on the bottom line, while ethically providing value and service to your customers. For the bohemian person, this also means doing what they love and following their passions and dreams. It’s also important to live a mindful life, one that you can enjoy, preferably stress-free. Harvard Business Review talks about the dark side of passion and how entrepreneurs are at risk for burnouts. People who are emotionally dependent on work have a hard time, while those with harmonious passion and those who are more flexible have smaller chances to experience burnout. Finding the perfect balance is not easy but we have some tips to live well while you work that prevent burnout and help you develop healthy working habits.
Create A Schedule That Works For You
Business for bohemians doesn’t mean not having a schedule, it means having a schedule that works for you. Forget about 9-5, analyze your work habits and see when you are most focused. Also, it is important to be flexible. One of the most common reasons people want to start their own business is that they can do whatever they want whenever they want. While that’s not entirely true, you can allow yourself to have breaks in the middle of the week if you need them. You don’t have to feel guilty about it. Having a different schedule than most people is not a bad thing and there is nothing wrong with taking a Wednesday off instead of a Saturday.
Learn How To Deal With Conflict And Stress
As we said from the beginning, being an entrepreneur doesn’t mean having a stress-free life. You have more freedom than corporate employees but you also have more responsibilities, thus it is important to learn how to manage stressful situations. Conflict and stress cannot be entirely avoided but what you do to deal with them makes the difference between a happy entrepreneur and one that is always stressed. You can incorporate mindfulness practices in your daily schedule, you can organize meetings to resolve conflict, and you can even have a portable massage table at the office. Nothing drowns stress like a relaxing massage. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to think outside the box and find the best solutions for you and your team.
Provide Value While Doing What You Love
Most entrepreneurs find a gap in the market and start their business to fill the gap, without considering the impact the work they do will have on their lives. Some of these businesses do very well but, despite that, the entrepreneurs don’t really enjoy their work. They get stuck into an industry they didn’t like in the first place. Bohemian business owners are different. They turn their passion into a business. Customers know when someone is passionate about their job and they appreciate that. As long as you can provide valuable services or products, there surely is a place on the market for you so don’t tress too much about your competitors – do what you love and do it well. Plan but don’t forget your values. It is important to not make unnecessary compromises that take away your joy and passion.
Enjoy Your Freedom And Independence
It is easy to get back to old habits and to forget that you wanted to run a bohemian business to have more freedom to explore the world or your passions. If you can work from anywhere, don’t be afraid to do it and don’t feel guilty if you’re doing it. Traveling and doing what you love doesn’t mean you’re not working hard so don’t limit yourself just because you associate work with a stressful work environment.
Carmen is an entrepreneur and content marketer. In a former life, as a corporate business executive, she relied on yoga, reflexology, and other alternative practices to fight stress, anxiety and find balance. At Massageaholic.com she’s on a mission to bring massage therapy closer to those who want to build habits for well-being. You can follow her on Facebook and Pinterest.