Tips to reduce stress by Rockstar Group Founder – Jonathan Pfahl
I’ve dealt with stress for the last 10 years since starting my business – Rockstar Group. As a business owner it’s natural to work your ‘butt’ off and not switch off; it’s like a full-time relationship, you love your work and it will never leave you!
Some of you that will read this will understand the stresses of running a business and the constant measures we have to consider on a daily basis:
- Making sure the pipeline is always full.
- Looking after the welfare of the team.
- Dealing with resourcing around sickness and holidays.
- Making sure clients are happy and getting what you promised them.
We continuously strive to keep our clients happy and the business is building so I am happy but the moment I step away for a long period of time things tend to go wrong and stress levels hit sky high. Although I have a fine team looking after the company I have come to realise time away for long periods just doesn’t help me.
My “de-stress” is to spend time with my friends & family, I have realised over the years taking short breaks throughout the year help me keep a good balance between work and rest and also means I am not away from my business for long periods for my stress levels to go through the roof.
Another key point to keep stress levels at bay is to have the right systems in place. Good systems can reduce the workload and help you manage large client bases – such as the thousands we have. Our CRM platform for example allows us to automate messaging to different client groups and to set reminders when to contact certain ones. Our accounting platform provided by intuit (https://www.quickbooks.co.uk/accounting-software) is also brilliant for managing cash flow and the accounting requirements of the businesses. Finally, a loyal and hardworking team who manage our events and engage so well with our clients is priceless.
Every entrepreneur knows that success is only possible through self-discipline, well that’s where theory meets practice. My theory is creating a balance between work and home; a ‘HAPPY ME’ means my staff are happy, productivity is high and sales continue to grow.