Emotional Wellbeing

Mandy Kloppers

How Running Your Own Business Is Good for Your Mental Health 

People often see running a business and dealing with the everyday tasks that go along with owning one as stressful. Sure, there are a lot of stressful moments to deal with when you are a business owner. Even something as positive as a spike in customer orders can turn into a stressful nightmare when you are not prepared for the situation. 

That said, owning your own business and getting involved in the day-to-day operations of the company are actually beneficial in many ways. Getting involved in the business allows you to have better control over your mental health too. Owning and running your own business bring a number of benefits that aren’t so easy to get elsewhere. 

Passionately Rewarding 

One of the challenges of dealing with mental health issues is preventing the issues from causing extra stress and pressure. This is where running a business that you really love comes in handy. Doing the things that you are really passionate about is not only rewarding financially but very satisfying emotionally as well. 

The small successes and tiny achievements you collect along the way make things even better for your mental health. Those stressful days aren’t so bad when you are passionate about the business and the industry itself. The achievements you collect as you run your business wipe those stressful days completely. 

More Control Over Your Life 

Running your own business is also very liberating. You are not depending on paychecks from an employer and you are no longer limited to doing the things that you are told to do. This too is a huge advantage that helps make dealing with mental health issues easier. 

That feeling of being in control is priceless. Now that you are in control of your life and your business, you can take charge of other things in life, including the mental health issues you are dealing with. Many who struggle with mental health problems were able to break free from their vicious cycles after starting a business; you can too! 

Better Work-Life Balance 

It is not a secret that entrepreneurs often devote 60 to 80 hours a week to get their businesses off the ground – some even go further than that and simply work all the time for the sake of achieving their goals. This is one way you can approach starting your own business, but it is clearly not the only way. 

On the other side of the equation, there are also entrepreneurs and business owners who are able to spend more time with their kids or friends exactly because they are business owners. Remember that you are in control, so you can decide to allocate more or less time as needed. 

You Learn New Things 

If you had asked me about digital marketing,  search engine optimization or SEO a few months ago, I would not have been able to answer. Ask the same question today, and I can explain a lot about the digital marketing instrument and how it can help your business reach customers. 

Learning new things is a big part of life as a business owner. There will be a lot of things you don’t know and challenges you cannot solve, but that’s the beauty of it; you get to learn about those new things and be a better business owner as a whole. If you are still curious about SEO, especially in a niche industry like vaping, I learned  more about it it from this article by Vape in the Box. 

More Goals to Achieve 

Starting a new business is actually the easy part. Getting that business running smoothly and making revenues are where the challenges actually lie. Don’t let the challenges stop you from pursuing your passion though. They are there to remind you that you have more goals to achieve. 

As a business owner, you can aim for more and work towards achieving higher goals simultaneously. Add the fact that you really enjoy what you do, and the combination is perfect. Not only will you be able to aim higher with your life objectives, but you also have more drive and passion to take you there. 

The Best People to Help You 

One thing you must never forget when running your own business is that you are not alone, and you don’t have to do everything yourself. Sure, the business may be a home-based company with only you as the employee, but that doesn’t mean you cannot still surround yourself with the best people. 

Contractors, vendors, mentors, and other parties are there to help you grow your business to new heights. Even better, you can now connect with customers directly and build genuine and strong relationships with them. You will meet a lot of incredible people along the journey too. 

You Learn to Manage Risks 

It is also difficult to talk about starting your own business without discussing the risks you will have to face. These risks are not your enemies; they are the perfect learning tool if you want to grow as a business owner. By learning to manage business risks, you are also learning to manage the personal risks you face every day. 

Managing risks is a bit of a balancing act, but there are more things you can do to mitigate business risks today. You can rely on business insurance, save a portion of your income for emergencies, and take other steps to better manage the risks you take. 

A Way to Help Others 

The last advantage we are going to discuss in this article is being able to help others. Growing your business and taking it to success gives you more freedom to help others; we all know how helping others means helping yourself, don’t we? 

Once you start generating a steady stream of revenue, you can help others around you more. You can even make helping local communities one of the main missions of your business. There is something about seeing smiles on the faces of those you help that is priceless and extremely rewarding. 

It is true that you will have bad, stressful days as a business owner. In general, however, starting your own business brings a long list of benefits that can help you deal with mental health issues better.

Mandy X