The Struggle Of Being Always 'On'

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love the flexibility entrepreneurship affords me. I am so grateful to be able to set my own hours, have the freedom to plan for two-hour lunch dates, and sleep in if need be. But there’s one area that entrepreneurship doesn’t provide flexibility, and these days I’m finding it a struggle.

When you own your own business, there’s a pressure to always be ‘on’ and able to bring it 100% of the time. Especially working in a co-working space, I can run into clients, meet potential new leads, or be asked what it is I do at any second of any day. And I’m not going to lie, sometimes I’m too tired to pitch myself, to outline what makes me different, or to answer a handful of out of the blue questions about a specific strategy I’ve proposed. But if I don’t show up at my full capacity, I risk losing a lead or damaging my relationship with my client.

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This isn’t something I exactly predicted. I can get lost in the work that I do, and be so focused on what’s in-front of me that it’s hard to switch my brain into a different direction. And I know that may give others the wrong idea of my skills or capability. I’m finding the constant switching of mindset, the need to be pitch-ready at a given moment, and to be physically presentable 24/7 exhausting.

Then when the terrible fall cold hit me and I because the disgusting, sniffling version of Megan that comes around every other year, it became even worse. How could I pitch my business properly when my voice would barely even work?

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I know that things will eventually become second hat, and when I can afford my own office space I’ll find less random interruptions and disruptions. But for now, I have to find better strategies at keeping my energy and optimally representing my business at all times. If you have any tips or tricks, I’d gladly listen!