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Launching a startup? 5 tips to find the perfect work-life balance

When you start up a business, there are bound to be sacrifices that you will have to make. It’s so easy for a new company to fail, so it takes a lot of time and effort to make sure this doesn’t happen.

This pressure puts a number of other things in your life on the backburner. Therefore it’s important to maintain the right balance; accept these sacrifices but make sure you don’t sign your soul away.

Here are five tips to help you find the happy medium:

  1. Set regular hours and stick to them. It’s easy to get carried away and work excessive hours just to get everything done. If you overdo it you risk burning out, so create a timetable and be strict with yourself if you feel you’re working too much.
  2. Set aside me-time. Take up a hobby, go for dinner, learn a language. Do something that you enjoy, that takes your mind off the business so you can really relax.
  3. View yourself as an employee. Make sure you give yourself employee benefits, such a holiday.
  4. Ask for help from others. If there is a problem, you don’t have to always be the one to fix it. Other employees with different skills might be better suited to handle the situation.
  5. Be open to change. As your business expands, look at the habits and routines you have fallen in to, because these could change for the better.