Lawn & Landscape Business Owner Burnout
Wikipedia defines burnout as… a psychological term that refers to long-term exhaustion and diminished interest in work.
Do you remember when you first decided to start your lawn & landscape business? How excited you were? How everyday was an exciting new challenge and you couldn't wait to get out of bed and get going? How convinced you were that you were going to succeed and make plenty of money and have all kinds of toys and a nice house and money to spend? How it was a certainty that eventually you would have all kinds of free time to spend with family, friends and loved ones?
For some people in this industry, they actually are living this dream. The reason they are able to experience all of these joys of business ownership is because they are educated, they have taken the time to learn how to run their business the right way, and they do what they have to do to make sure their business is “healthy”.
I have been talking, Tweeting and emailing a lot lately about turning around a failing business. It is an issue I have encountered so much in talking to business owners that I felt it was necessary to make it a focus.
Lawn & landscape businesses fail for a million different reasons – bad planning, bad decisions, too much debt, inadequate cash flow, bad employees, competition, etc. The list goes on forever.
One of the many reasons for failure is burnout. It just becomes so difficult to maintain a positive attitude and the energy to keep moving forward every single day. Once burnout kicks in, negativity often takes over. You don’t want to get up. You don’t want to deal with employees. You don’t want to chase money. You don’t want to chase work. You’re tired.
The good news is, you can turn this around. You can get yourself out of this funk.
1.) Stop everything you’re doing and find a quiet place you can be alone with a pen, paper and your thoughts. Figure out everything that is causing you stress and anxiety. Write it all down.
2.) Once you have figured out what is causing the burnout, determine the solutions. Bad employees? Get new ones. Not enough money? Borrow some. Not enough customers? Go get some. We have a tendency to make things more difficult than they need to be. Make it simple.
3.) Learn how to say “no” – to family, friends, prospects, employees and even customers. You cannot be everything to everyone. You cannot constantly bend over backwards to please everyone. Look at your problems and solutions and make them your focus. Don’t let people or things distract you from solving your problems.
4.) Delegate as much responsibility as you can. Entrepreneurs in general like to have their hand in everything and like to make as many decisions as possible. Figure out who within your company you can trust and start giving them more responsibility. Train them to do things your way and then get out of the way.
5.) Set aside 20 minutes a day to take care of yourself. Stretch, sit there with your eyes closed, take deep breaths, exercise – do whatever it is that will make you feel better. Make it a priority.