Running a business can be very frustrating. There are customers and employees to deal with, little opportunity to pass the buck when there is a problem, finances to track, equipment that goes wrong, and countless other issues. Many problems are small but they can add up if you can’t release them. But who can you release your frustration to?
First, look around you. Family, friends and employees could provide a sounding board for some of your frustrations. Even if they can’t help, getting it out can make it go away. But be careful about who your tell what. Venting about a computer problem to an employee is one thing but telling that employee about your problem with another employee is a bad thing. Sharing your problems with those around you can help deal with the little things that arise from dealing with people, equipment or deadlines.
If you don’t want those around you to see you as a walking pity party, you need to find a better way to deal with the tensions of running a business. Do you have a business mentor or a colleague you can meet with and discuss your business? Besides letting you get a few things off your chest, they are in a better position to help with the bigger problems. And they should understand the frustrations you are going through better than a friend with a 9 to 5 job. Also, look on the internet for a forum or bulletin board for business owners or people in your field. Check with any organizations you are member of or the software or equipment you use to see if they offer a member’s group. You are not the only one with these kinds of problems, so talk with someone who lives the same experiences.
And don’t forget the power of time away from the business and the problems. I’m not talking about a sabbatical. Carve out time for a walk or other exercise, a hobby, even if it’s no more than making meals a no work zone. (I find 15 minutes with a “shoot at the balls” game while I eat lunch is great therapy.)
Life is frustrating. Having a business adds different issues to the mix, so you need to find a way to release those tensions. Like a pressure cooker, you need to release some of the frustrations to work effectively.
(I work by myself most of the time, so I have found that a almost private mircoblog under a pen name to be a great way to complain, whine and go on.)