by Lina Martinez

There's no question that starting a business takes a lot of work. You always need to be prepared to put in the time to grow your business if you want it to be successful. However, you don't have to sacrifice everything if you want to build a business. If you want to own a business without it taking over your life, make it your goal to create a company that can eventually operate largely without you. You can also aim for a business that you can easily operate from anywhere so that it doesn't tie you down. Here's how you could do it.

Outsource Your Workload

It usually takes a while before anyone is able to hire other people to work for their company. Proper employees are expensive, costing more than just their salaries. However, that doesn't mean that you have to go it alone until you're ready for employees. Outsourcing your work is a tried and tested method that can save you a lot of time and money. You don't have time to do everything yourself and you can't have all the necessary skills, either. If you want to get everything done and have time to grow your business, you should look for people who can help you.


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Use Low-effort Sales and Fulfillment

A lot of people choose a service business if they want one that they can run from anywhere. But you don't have to offer services if you want your business to be easy to manage. Selling physical products doesn't have to mean managing everything yourself, from product procurement to order fulfillment.  Using methods like selling on Amazon, you can create shortcuts that make things easier. You can use drop shipping services or find someone to carry out fulfillment for you so you don't need to handle your products. Using an established marketplace makes selling easier too.

Keep It All Online

The more that you can do online, the easier it is to manage your business. When you can do everything online, you can access all the things you need from anywhere. All you need is a secure internet connection to take care of any tasks. Try to keep as much as you can online, from important documents in secure cloud storage to cloud software and communication. You might not be able to deliver physical products online, but you can manage order fulfillment over the internet.

Find Someone to Take Over

Eventually, you might want to let go of your business. You might want to take a step back and only occasionally check in with what's happening, rather than having to pay attention to it all the time. If you want to do this, you need people who can manage your business when you're not around. This could be one person who you trust to be in charge, or it could just be that you establish a smooth workflow that can get along without you.

Starting a business doesn't have to mean giving up everything else in your life. You can easily balance it with other things if you do it right.