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Guest Post – How to Cut Stress So You Can Enjoy More Success

5 Tips from a Stress Relief Specialist

As a culture, we tend to embrace the idea that in order to succeed, we must sacrifice.  We sacrifice our time, energy, and sometimes even our health in the pursuit of doing and being more.  When you’re a busy professional or own a business, stress levels can skyrocket, making it seem you must give up all the more in order to increase gains at all costs.  Stress Relief Specialist Professor Pete Alexander offers over 100 tips on how to cut down on stress and come out further ahead at the same time.

Trends and timing

Are you ready to chop overhead and ease obligations?  Consider the movement toward e-commerce.  Forbes notes more than half of Americans prefer shopping from the comforts of home these days, so jumping on board makes sense.  For instance, drop-shipping is a smart business model, providing the opportunity to tailor your work to your circumstances.  It can be an ideal solution for driven professionals, capitalizing on technology and your own sensibilities.  Select a product you believe in, or partner with a company you admire and become familiar with what helps make a new e-commerce business successful, such as quality presentation and superior customer service.  Invest in a website that’s user-friendly and functional on both desktop and mobile devices, since more than ever people are using smartphones as their go-to.

Lighten your load

With all the tools and advantages technology provides these days, streamlining processes is often a simple and straightforward way to ease your obligations.  If you’re burning the midnight oil crunching numbers, choosing better accounting software and invoicing apps can free you up from basic bookkeeping tasks.  Along those same lines, a great deal of stress can come from problems with your customer payment system.  Look for a reliable, user-friendly system with the ability to make real-time transactions.  Fees and options vary widely, so research what point-of-sale system might be best suited to your business and clientele.

Reach out to cut back

When examining ways to cut costs, boost productivity, and reduce busywork, many professionals find outsourcing is a boon.  As John Chow points out, outsourcing certain business tasks not only reduces overhead, it allows you to focus on growing your business.  It’s also a chance to hire people with specialized expertise for a fraction of what it would cost to have them in-house.

For instance, outsourcing human resources is often ideal, freeing you up from the ins and outs of hiring, payroll, and the like.  Travel management is another popular outsourcing option for on-the-go professionals, allowing you to focus on work rather than the means for getting to destinations.  Think about the supportive details that hold you back and stress you out, and consider hiring someone else to handle them.

Get the right funding

Many small businesses took a hit financially from the pandemic. With a tighter budget competing with your desire to make business improvements, it’s likely you’ll feel uncertain about how to make any changes happen. But remember, there are plenty of financial resources available for small businesses that have suffered from the pandemic. With numerous government and private programs available, you can apply for the funding you need to make necessary improvements and keep your business afloat (and you less stressed!). That little bump of capital can provide breathing room and will make it easier to get the help you need.

Make a perfect match

Sometimes stress is generated by a work method which isn’t a good fit for what you’re doing, and it’s time to rethink your choices.  Certain personality types are better suited to certain aspects of business than others, so contemplate the right arena for your style and talents, and think through where you might need to make some adjustments.  Technology can often come to the rescue, cutting stress and revamping a poor fit.  For instance, if you’re outgoing and love people, but numbers bog you down, being a salesperson could work well for you with an appropriate invoicing app in your toolkit.  Contemplate your weak areas and look for apps to assist you, since there is a plethora of great solutions available these days.

Pursuing success is healthy, but sacrificing everything in the name of success can be damaging.  Search for ways to improve processes, reduce overhead, and make the most of the current trends.  By reducing stress-makers, you can boost your success both now and down the road.

Author:

Julie Morris
juliemorris.org

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

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