Ahh, juggling life and work. It's the eternal struggle for those who
have their own business. You have reached a point where time is more
precious than money. It sounds to me like your customers are
directing your life than the other way around. It's your business.
You make the rules. If you have a successful customer base, and you
shorten your hours and take jobs only be appointment, everyone will
clammer to be there. One law of human nature, take something away
from us that we are used to getting and we will work harder to keep
My suggestions are as follows:
1) Delegate. Hire people to do those jobs you don't have time to
do. Customer service, bookkeeping, counter help, etc.
2) Ask yourself "what do you want?" List 5 things you want out of
your job and let go of the others.
3) Raise your prices. I agree with that one whole heartedly.
4) Stop driving around to pick up your supplies. Get your supplies
delivered to you!
5) Set for yourself a reasonable work day and at the hourly wage
that feels comfortable. Take two days off. Sundays and Mondays are
6) Book a vacation for you and your family. Find the slowest time of
the year and make it a priority. If you have this much business, you
get to dictate when your business is open. If you don't take time
with your family now, they will regret it later and then resent you.
Take at least 3 weeks for one stretch and a week off mid point.
As I have been traveling around the world, I noticed that the US is
the one that works insane hours. In New Zealand, every shop, except
restaurants, close at 5pm. Shopping is done on Saturday, Sunday is
for resting. All shops are closed on Sundays. This gives everyone a
life. If you are like many who don't have the time to stop for a
vacation, you will get sick and will have forced time off. Burnout
is not good. Especially if you have small kids.
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