Handmade Business Podcast Ep.004 – The Importance of Taking a Break

Today we are talking about the importance of taking regular breaks to balance your work/life commitments and to be more mindful of your own emotional and physical well-being.

Sara x

Is burn-out a 'thing' in the craft industry?

Ever felt like you lost your mo-jo making the 100th version of your product? Ever said I can't do this today? Of course you have. As creative creatures we crave excitement and there's nothing exciting about making something for the 100th time, right?!

The same is true in running a business.

So what is burn-out?

Feeling of physical and emotional exhaustion, due to stress from working with people under difficult or demanding conditions. Burn out is followed by signs such as chronic fatigue, quickness to anger and suspicion, and susceptibility to colds, headaches, and fevers.
— Business Dictionary

Ok so the Business Dictionary is talking in broad terms here, but what can that look like in the Craft Industry if we work as a sole-trader?

Whether you work on your own or with someone else the pressure of making this 'something-out-of-nothing' business work can be stressful. In most cases we push ourselves harder than we ever did when working for someone else... partly because we want this to work and partly because we want to prove those nay-sayers wrong. You know who I mean, the ones that wonder why you didn't get a real job!

Unfortunately I see people doing this all the time.

The endless Facebook updates at 3 in the morning telling the world that they just finished packaging their orders after a successful sale, or that yet again they 'needed' to stay up late to make more stock just in case they get more sales tomorrow, or they have a good show at the weekend.

Oh gosh, how I have been there too!

BUT

The truth is that you can't carry on like this.

YOU SIMPLY CAN'T.

I was reading an article in Entrepreneur the other day about this very subject and this quote really stood out to me;

...working without letup is a bad habit that can jeopardize business, health and the life you’re supposedly working toward.
— Joe Robinson, entrepreneur.com

It stood out because I know all to well just how true that is... I myself suffered burn-out in trying to push my Craft Business to the next level, in thinking that by just working more hours I'd take my business higher.

The truth is, that the next level is achieved only with a clear strategy; knowing who you are serving, how best to serve them and in the long term what your business needs to do that.

Killing yourself is not the answer!

Planning and self investment is... and you need a refreshed mind to do that.

So start working smarter and take the breaks your mind and body needs.