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Being a franchisee comes with its perks, like financial rewards and job satisfaction. But it's not all smooth sailing. Nearly 50% of Australian business owners have grappled with anxiety at some point. That’s why it's crucial to learn how to handle stress and workload effectively to keep your well-being intact.

What Are The Signs Of Professional Burnout?

When you push yourself too hard with long hours and a demanding schedule, it can take a toll on your well-being. Here are some signs of professional burnout; 

  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Anger
  • Insomnia
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Overeating 
  • Low energy

This isn’t a complete list, but they are some of the more common signs. Recognising these signs in yourself is crucial so you can address them before they derail your business and personal growth.

Read more: 5 Essential Things To Know Before Buying A Franchise

How Do Business Owners Deal With Burnout?

When you start feeling like burnout is looming, it's essential to take action. The good news is that there are steps you can take to address the issue while ensuring that your franchise business runs smoothly. Let's explore these strategies: 

Effective Delegation 

As a business owner, mastering delegation is crucial. Knowing when to delegate is part of good leadership skills. It means trusting your team enough to share the workload, and resisting the urge to micromanage. It’s tempting to do everything yourself, but it’s not practical. Handing off tasks is essential, so don’t hesitate to delegate when needed


Good organisation brings peace of mind and clarity about your limits. It’s not about being pessimistic, but realistic. When you have a clear view of your weekly tasks, you’re more likely to complete them. This means those important tasks – from admin courses to stock-takes – won’t be forgotten amidst the daily hustle.

Create Set Hours

Remember the saying, "Not enough hours in the day"? Well, for sanity and health, it's vital to stick to your work hours. Overworking doesn't equate to long-term success. Working late might seem productive, but it can lead to fatigue. Stick to your set hours to maintain balance.

Leave Work at Work 

This is easier said than done, but it's important to disconnect from work when you're home. Implement a policy where staff contact you only for emergencies. Avoid constantly checking emails and calls after hours. This helps you unwind and return to work refreshed and ready.

Prioritise Sleep & Exercise 

Exercise and a good night's sleep are essential for de-stressing. Business owners often struggle with sleep, but lack of it impacts judgement and performance. Integrating exercise into your routine promotes better sleep, helping to maintain a healthy balance between work and rest.

In essence, managing a business isn't just about the business itself, but also about managing yourself. Effective delegation, organisation, setting boundaries for work hours, disconnecting from work at home, and prioritising your health are key components for sustained success and well-being.

Thrive as a Franchisee With OCA’s Online Franchise Courses

Becoming a franchisee is no walk in the park, but OCA's video-based online franchise training can make it a lot smoother. 

Our Franchisee Support Skills Bundle is CPD-endorsed and paired with 1-1 personal mentoring, is a great starting point to help prevent burnout and keep your business smooth sailing.

Looking for further study? 

We have a huge course library catering to over 20 industries, offering top-notch learning experiences. Curious? Have a look at our Student Study Demo to see what it's all about.

Plus, we know everyone's situation is different, so we offer various payment options to make our courses more accessible. 

Need guidance before signing up? No worries. Call us on 1300 611 404 or email [email protected]. We're here to help and will get back to you as soon as we can.

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