On feeling overwhelmed


Sometimes when the person you have everything to prove to is yourself, that impossible measure is someone what overwhelming.

I effectively run three businesses all funded by myself and every now and again, like recently, you start to feel the weight of it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s my choice but sometimes I really want to just go and work in a 9 – 6 and have the security of it. Loans would be easier to get, I’d see more people and I wouldn’t have so many thoughts in my head all of the time.

Thoughts like:

1) Where am I going to find funding?

2) Is my credit good enough to find funding?

3) Will fashion journalists ever be nicer and write about a start up business?

4) What if it all comes crashing down around me and they were right?

Again, I realise this is my own doing. In some ways it’s like going out on the town and complaining of a hangover the next day. Being overwhelmed from time to time is the hangover of business.

So what am I going to do about it?

Well I think the first thing is I need my support network of other people going through the same thing. A lot of people don’t really wanna hear about when you’re feeling anxious about a business you’ve chose to pursue, but another entrepreneur does get that it wasn’t entirely just down to choice that you started said business.

I also think I need to take more time out. I tend to work from 8am all the way through ’til midnight every day, so perhaps taking more time off would help a great deal.

Do you ever feel this way? How do you relax?

Sarah Betty xx 

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  • Mandy

    I run my own business and I often think the same about just having a regular job because I’ve not made a profit for a good few years. I don’t even care about what I do anymore but I am tied to it for at least another year :( The business bleeds money & I’m being sued by a former landlord. I’m definitely thinking about a career change but not confident about what I could/would be good at. I’ve only ever had one other job and that was short lived so I don’t know if I could deal with being under someone else. If things don’t go my way, I won’t have a choice. Overwhelmed is an understatement. Businesses have their ups and downs but if you can remember the reasons why you started it, you will get through the hard times. I have friends with businesses that moonlight because their businesses wouldn’t survive otherwise. I lock myself away and listen to music. I’ve made the mistake of working 51 weeks of the year and used to work 12 hour days. It’s not healthy. If you take time out to do the things you enjoy, it will definitely help.