Tuesday, 1 May 2007

Business Principles: When is enough enough?

For those of us who are self employed, or running a two or three man shop, when is enough enough?

We run our lives around our client's schedules and deadlines, sometimes with little consideration for our own lives and schedules.

Things change a bit when we marry and bring kids into the picture ... or do they?

Sometimes, we need to draw the line somewhere.

Lately, that point has been reached with me. I need to draw the line.

Fortunately, we are not working on business critical situations right now, so I can sit back a bit and spend more time with my family.

Those not so critical things will be there when I get to them.

We have been running for over 13 months straight with a very short four day break in January. It starts to get to you after a while.

So, where do you draw the line in the sand? Burn-out? Been on the brink ... don't want to go back there again.

Still have any friends? Heh ;)

And, the key: Still have a family that recognizes you when you get home? It is amazing how much the little people can change when I am gone very early and back very late for three days, four days, or even a week straight.

Time to slow down and smell the flowers, watch my kids grow, and enjoy the company of my wife.

Ultimately, they are the reason that I do it in the first place!

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists

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