When you run a small business, you may feel as though the business becomes your life. Solo Accounting Practices are no different, if not more consuming. While dedication to your firm is vital to its success, balancing the business’s needs with your personal ones is just as important. It may seem impossible, but solo practitioners can achieve work life balance by following a few time saving techniques, outlined below:
1. Get the right Practice Management Software
Depending on the nature of your practice, you should first choose between a cloud-based or a more traditional practice management software. Solo practitioners looking to promote their work life balance should highly consider implementing a cloud-based practice management software. Though the 24/7 access to your firm may seem counter-intuitive to the separation of work and life. But, take this situation as an example: a solo practitioner with children has his/her parental duties as well as duties to his/her clients as their attorney. While waiting for the child at daycare, the attorney can check documents on the fly. Cloud based practice management software makes it easier to wear more than one hat, and set your priorities the right way.
The most important thing to look for in a cloud based practice management software is security. A practice management system that is password protected and backs up your data frequently is essential for protecting your information.
2. Get some helping hands
Several companies offer virtual workers that are both inexpensive and convenient for a solo practitioner. When we say “virtual worker”, we are not referring to computers. These are real people that can act as secretaries or receptionists. They allow you 24/7 access to your calendars, schedules, client meetings and more. This option is more cost effective than hiring a full time receptionist, and helps take some of the load off of you.
3. Take advantage of mobile devices
Having a smartphone and a tablet can do wonders for your firm, no matter if you are solo or in a large firm. The important thing to remember about mobile devices is: though they are accessible 24/7, they are not to be accessed 24/7. It is easy to read every single email right after it comes in, but setting a schedule can help you keep your work life balance in check. For example, an attorney makes a rule: no responding to emails after 8 PM, or before 7 AM. Be sure to upgrade to a commercial account through your provider for enhanced security and Internet speed.
Though many attorneys go solo in order to have a better work life balance, but find that instead they have a harder time finding that fine line with the added responsibility that comes with owning their own business. By following these tips, along with a conscious effort to keep your several priorities in check, we hope you achieve a healthy work life balance.