Being self-employed doesn’t come with the same degree of financial security that you have when working for someone else, that’s obvious.  However, sometimes that does lead us to say YES to everything as we fear missing the opportunity and work drying up. On top of that, there is everything associated with running your own business that might not be top of your skillset eg finances, marketing and general admin.

All of this can take its toll, so here are five tips to help you avoid burnout and continue enjoying being a business owner.


    • make time for yourself and book it in.  Whether this is regular exercise; professional development and absolutely a complete break – with out of office on.  One of the reasons you’ve gone out on your own is to give yourself a break from the nine to five, so relish and enjoy that flexibility.  Yes, you may have to be more present during traditional hours for some clients, but focus on what’s important for you and your business relationships rather than jumping to someone else’s “urgent”.

    • I don’t mean jacking it all in! Spending time on your own day in day out, at your kitchen table or office shed can send you a bit doolally.  That’s why co-working over the past few years in the UK has seen massive growth.  Locally here in Sussex, I’ve used a couple of fantastic spaces: Chichester – Rume2 and Brighton & Hove – Platf9rm.  But there are a number of other spaces throughout the county that might just be right for you.  The benefit of co-working is the opportunity to connect and work with others in a similar position as yourself, ie a small business owner. The sense of community can also have a positive impact on your wellbeing as well as sparking creativity in your business. If quiet and good wifi aren’t your main priorities, coffee shops also get you out the house and provide that all important change of scenery.

    • this is why I set up a networking group, *Last Friday Club, I missed having a team around me AND realised I didn’t have the skills to do everything my business needed.  Through networking I’ve hired a bookkeeper to do all my tax returns; a web development company to create and manage my website and spoken to many other experts who have helped me along the way so I can get on with doing what I do well; helping business owners “do social better”. Outsourcing and collaborating is essential to running your own business and continuing to enjoy it. *currently on pause as we can’t meet in large groups in person
    • Networking is also really important to help people get to know, like and trust you: I’m a member of The Collective SC – operating in the Chichester area and beyond and the  Design Collective Chichester – is a super network of creative professionals. I’m also part of a Social Media Managers network run by “The Two Lauras”, so you know you are never alone in your working experiences — the wealth of knowledge in that group has also saved me a ton of time and pain. Find a network for your industry and you’ll soon breath a sign of relief at discovering “your team”. Remember, there is plenty of work to go around, community over competition always.

    • hands up who’s guilty of this? ME! And it does nothing but leave you feeling awful.  Self-employment can feel pressured enough, don’t add to it – ensure you manage expectations from the outset so that you can deliver the best value and quality that you want to be recommended for.


    • again, I’m guilty. I’m a people pleaser and this sometimes works against me. Saying no sometimes means the door is open for you to say yes to something that is a far better fit. Reflect after each project and only try to work with clients who are your ideal client or on the path to being so.

Look out for each other, collaboration over competition every time.  Offer to help if you see a peer struggling, be generous with your time and advice and it’ll be reciprocated.  This will hopefully set you on the right path to achieving a bit more balance and bring back the joy of being a business owner.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this and other tips that have helped you on your business owner journey.

If you think I could help you and your business, get in touch. 


Debbie is amazing, and her workshop has helped our business grow. She is kind, friendly and really down to earth can’t wait to work with her again in the future! Along with this the space [at Rume2] was fantastic for individuals or to use as a group. Its clean, bright and feels like a great place to get creative!

The best money I have ever spent within my business – Salone Events. Debbie’s tips were so useful and ones that could be implemented immediately. Since making one very very very simple change, I have had 7 leads through 1 post!!! Highly recommend. And bonus – She is the most lovely person out there!!!

I recently attended a Social Media Workshop for small businesses and I am so glad I did. Not only was it delivered with lots of enthusiasm by Debbie who clearly knows her stuff, but it gave me great tips to use moving forward and gave me the kick up the behind I needed to get a little more consistent with my social media. I would definitely recommend this session.

I attended a social media master class, which I would highly recommend to anyone/small business. Whether you know very little (like me) or are more experienced you can’t fail to take away some great tips from this very informative session, delivered by the very welcoming and engaging Debbie.

Debbie Ford is an inspiration & her Social Media workshop at Rume2 last week gave me loads of new ideas & a fresh perspective. Was really refreshing being amongst other business owners, all of us from different backgrounds, but everyone really friendly & supportive.

Debbie is absolutely brilliant! So informative and has given me a new lease of confidence when it comes to social media. Debbie taught us all so much in such a relaxed manner and made a group of strangers feel like a group of friends within seconds! I cannot recommend her enough!

I attended the social media masterclass with Debbie and I took away so many top tips and useful information. It was pitched at a level which meant if you were a total beginner or more experienced you would have walked away with much more knowledge that you had when you went in the room. Very useful and I’d highly recommend it to support your social channels for your business – thanks Debbie!

I am very new to social media and literally learning on the hoof! Debbie delivered an extremely informative social media presentation crammed with useful tips and links in a very relaxed and friendly style – lots of laughs too, no question too silly, and no chance of nodding off! Thank you! I will be in touch!

Thanks so much for this morning’s session. Very useful! and packed with brilliant information I had no idea about.

I attended the social media for small businesses course you ran today with the Chichester Bid – and it was fantastic! The atmosphere was relaxed but interested, you were informative and happy to answer any questions that came your way. All of the tips you suggested looked attainable and the steps came from a place of common sense. Thank you!

Can’t thank you enough for a great workshop and I’ve certainly come out of it with a clearer understanding and mind-set!

Debbie was fantastic… I struggle with social media (I only joined Facebook when I started my business a few months ago). Debbie spotted things that I could change quickly and easily as well as guiding me to streamlining my process for all platforms. She is incredibly supportive and I highly recommend her.

We trust Debbie to manage all our social channels for our web design and digital marketing agency. Debbie really understands how to get the most out of social media for our business. She gets that it’s all about engagement and authenticity, not just ‘likes’ and ‘follows’. Never generic or dull, our social feeds have never been so useful, interesting and consistent. Highly recommended!

Debbie really knows her stuff, and has great energy and ideas. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending her to anyone needing some social savvy!

Thank you so much for the course, I found it eye opening and extremely informative.

Thank you to Debbie for coaching me with my digital media, Debbie has a wonderful way of thinking, so many brilliant ideas for content. Anyone that is involved with social media must have Debbie as a coach! Thank you  … and when you start seeing tangible results it’s such a good feeling!

Recently attended a course, run by Debbie, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It gave me the kick to start using Instagram (which is the social media channel I was lacking in). Debbie explained everything in a no-nonsense way, that even I could understand. Very much recommend her course.

Super helpful session with Debbie this morning, learnt some top tips which I have taken on board and already putting into practise. A calm and clear teacher with a friendly manner, with the vibe that no question too silly to ask. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending her sessions. Thanks again Debbie.

I would thoroughly recommend Debbie. I joined one of her social media sessions. I thought she pitched it really well – giving us lots of useful and practical advice whilst creating a forum to ask those questions you’ve always wanted to ask! I came away with a renewed confidence in my approach to social media for business.

I attended a social media course run by Debbie.
It was very interesting and I learnt a lot to use for the future in my role at work.
would recommend

Debbie came and gave a very inspiring talk about Social Media to our networking meeting for The Selsey Business Partnership. She had a wonderful way of engaging with everyone in the room, raising lots of discussion and advised on ways to improve and help with business Social Media – everyone in the room found the tips very helpful whether or not they were regular social media users – highly recommend if you are looking for help with your business or as a speaker for your group.

Thank you for a very informative 121 session on email marketing!

Had a great day at Boston Tea Party Chichester with Debbie from The Chichester Social looking at how we use social media for our business, and the best tips to improve our social media presence – highly recommended 👍

For any business that needs a bit of Social Marketing Savvy, do get in touch with Debbie at The Chichester Social. She’s ace, and is most passionate about our local independents and entrepreneurs!

Had a brilliant catch up and strategy session with Debbie from The Chichester Social. She reminded me that this time last year, South Coast Mermaids didn’t exist and encouraged me to reflect on the progress I have made! Thank you Debbie!

Debbie gave a very interesting and inspiring talk to the Selsey Business Partnership members last week. She remembered everybody’s name and their type of business and brought that into the talk, which made it very personal to everybody there. many thanks Debbie, Sue and Tom Celebration Balloons 4 You

Debbie is a mine of knowledge. Your talk has given me a lot if ideas and inspiration as to the direction I want my business to go in.
Thank you