When you start your very own lash extension business, it’s easy to overwhelm yourself with a heavy workload. On the one hand, you want to achieve your goals and establish a robust platform for your business to thrive on, but on the other hand, you don’t want to lose touch with living a life. It’s a challenging balance that’s continuously teetering out of control. But, you’re not alone!
In the lash extension business, schedules can be hard to coordinate with others who may hold a more traditional job. Or, if your friends have a business themselves, they may have similar hectic schedules that make it impossible to get together. Your commitment to your goals is commendable. However, it’s essential to take time out to build a life outside of the work you are so passionate about.
So, how do you do it? It’s so easy to cancel your plans to take another client or to deny invitations altogether so you can pull in some extra clients. Whatever it may be, know that losing touch with your social rhythms can run you ragged, resulting in burnouts that are difficult to overcome. Your mental, professional, and emotional health can be critically affected if you don’t take the time to work on building a life outside of your business. Here’s why:
Friendships, new and old, can keep you sane and provide you with professional growth. It may be against the entrepreneurship mantra of hustling hard like a boss lady, but sometimes the laser focus and inevitable grind can be detrimental to your overall health. Friendships bring joy to your life as well as support for your emotional wellbeing. They aren’t always a distraction and can be a motivating reward to get through your busy days. Your lash extension business can gain a lot of the friendships you maintain through their outside perspective, as well as their connections to potential new clients. Meeting new people can give you the cutting edge to connect and learn interpersonal skills while you are networking with people that can help you build your clientele. Social events are incredible resources for you to network with market your lash extension business. So, be open to them!
With that being said, there is nothing wrong with doing an inventory of the friendships you currently have. Relationships that are toxic or meaningless can affect the way you run your business, so it’s critical to assess your current contacts to determine the ones that will uplift you from the friends that will weigh you down. Relationship cleanses okay to do so that you can take control of how you live your life. If friendships are interfering with your choice to live your best life, it’s okay to let go of friends. Your time is precious to build your empire.
The key to this work/life balance as a lash extension professional is to prioritize your relationships. The connections you have and the friendships you maintain can bring great satisfaction to your life. Not only are personal relationships meaningful, but you can achieve this satisfaction with the professional relationships you retain as well. Create bonds with your clients and colleagues and genuinely connect with them to create a community of support. You will find this so rewarding as you go through the challenges of your days. Client relationships can support your business just as much as social interactions outside your lash business can. Remember that it’s not just all business; a non-stop hustle mentality can damage your mental and emotional health.
Your connections don’t have to take much effort to maintain. Sometimes, a chat over a cup of coffee, a casual potluck lunch, or a low-pressure get-together is all you need to create ever-lasting friendships that will last for a long time. You will appreciate the authentic and sincere friendships that will support you through tough times as well as celebrating with you during the good times. Keep your connections sacred and precious and you’ll find your work so much more satisfactory.