Entrepreneurship has become more prevalent with today’s society embracing the risk and benefits that come with creating and managing one’s own business. In recent years, we have seen more online boutiques, cosmetics, and hair stores. We have also seen more creative brands like jewelry design, hand-drawn pieces, authorship, etc. When you become an entrepreneur, you take on a magnitude of responsibilities such as: brand creation, website design, how to add and ship products, online payments, and marketing.
This list is not exhaustive, and you may decide to outsource some of these tasks. Through it all, you are exhausted, frustrated, confused, and overwhelmed. The last thing you are thinking about is self-care. This week I had the pleasure of interviewing a close friend of mine, Vernisha Williams, who is the CEO & Founder of Phoenix Rose Notary Services, LLC, and inquired how she prioritizes self-care with her business. Check out her responses below. They could help you start to prioritize your self-care as an entrepreneur.
Tell us about Phoenix Rose Notary Services, LLC. How long have you been an entrepreneur?
Vernisha: I have been in the notary industry for 5 years, but Phoenix Rose Notary Services, LLC has only been open for a year now. Well, 90% of my business deals in loan signing services, which essentially means I work in the real-estate industry. For example, if someone you know is selling a house or looking to refinance, they will need a specialized notary to come out and help you sign those papers. That is where my company comes in. We assist clients in getting their paperwork filled out correctly. In fact, 2020 was my biggest business boom. I was generating so many clients that I started hiring individuals on a on-call basis to help me keep up with the demand.
How do you define self-care?
Vernisha: My definition of self-care is the idea of complete balance. It means I can handle my business affairs, my personal life, my mental health, and my physical health all together in a tight-knit bubble while ensuring that I remain in a good headspace.
Do you have a self-care plan in place? How much time is put aside?
Vernisha: Yes, I do have a self-care plan in place. Now, the time I put aside for it varies. For example, if I work a 10-12 hour day my self-care would be me taking a break every 45 minutes to an hour on average. This is not set in stone and depends on what my body is telling me. If she needs a break earlier than that, then I take a break. It could also mean a bubble bath at night to decompress, a nice home-cooked meal, or a dance session. I go with the flow and being an entrepreneur gives me that freedom outside of the standard 8am-5pm breaks and lunch time.
Can you say that you take your self-care seriously?
Vernisha: Yes and no. Yes, because I manage to tend to my self-care once a month with a big-ticket event. This is always honored, no matter what. No, because I feel like I could be incorporating it on a more weekly basis, in a perfect word (laughs). I do know that as I grow in this field, my self-care plan will also grow into a better system for my updated needs.
How has your self-care changed from when you first started in the industry to now as a business owner?
Vernisha: It has changed a lot considering I didn’t know what self-care was at the time. I thought it was a reward. Once, my responsibilities changed, I had to learn how to adapt to the new emotions I was bringing forth. A key component of self-care I’ve learned as a business owner is being able to let your mind renew and recalibrate. That is how you avoid burnout, which can lead to business closure.
What self-care advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
Vernisha: I would tell them that no matter what, your business will be okay if you’re okay. So, take the time to ensure you are emotionally, mentally, and physically taking care of yourself and ready to take on this leadership role. Entrepreneurship is leadership and you need to be ready for all that comes with the territory. All in all, take care of your body. You need your body to be on the same wavelength as your mind to tackle this new adventure.
What does your self-care plan look like? Let us know down in the comments.
This article originally published on GREY Journal.