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Achieving success as a solopreneur

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Working alone is no easy task. And running a business on your own means that you, and only you, are responsible for your success. Staying focused and efficient is key to successful solopreneurship. Be sure to review the following tips—all focused on helping you rock it as a solo “artist.”

1. Don’t answer emails or phone calls after hours
Doing so only trains your clients and colleagues to contact you at all hours. Your off time is precious—and required to help you re-energize, stay focused and maintain creativity.

2. Clearly define your hours of business
Don’t live by the always-on rule. While we are all well-connected these days thanks to the advancement in technology, make time for you. Set defined business hours so you have time for family, friends, and fun.

3. Don’t trade work time for personal tasks time 
Don’t infringe on productivity by mixing work time with personal tasks. Try to segregate personal and business tasks so you can give your full attention to your present-moment work. If you work from home, this can be a tough one to overcome.

4. Keep your desk clean 
A cluttered desk is a cluttered mind. You will be amazed at how much more productive you can be when your desk is clear of clutter. One of the ways to accomplish this is to live by a digital file-only rule. Save your documents in a cloud drive instead of having paper piled on your workspace.

5. Schedule breaks 
Having scheduled breaks during your busy day ensures that you give your mind a break and that you stay fresh. Prevent burnout by taking a quick walk outside, eating lunch away from your computer or just chilling with a cup of coffee.

6. Schedule vacations
The leading cause of burnout among solopreneurs is never taking a true break from work. Make sure to refresh your body and mind with a relaxing vacation at least a few times a year.

7. Socialize
Networking and staying connected to others can actually make you more productive. One of the dangers of being a solopreneur is isolation, which can lead to depression, anxiety, restlessness and other negative behaviors. Be sure to participate in something outside of work, such as a team sport, professional networking groups, or volunteer at a charity close to your heart.

Don’t make the same mistakes as many solopreneurs by not taking care of you. Follow these tips to keep yourself on a healthy, prosperous path!

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