When you’re your own boss, you need to take steps to avoid burnout. Hiring extra help, taking regular breaks, and getting enough sleep can all help. As an accountant, you have those same challenges, but you also have to deal with the “busy season.” If you do a lot of tax prep, you need to make a special effort to avoid burnout in the spring when tax returns are due.
One of the most effective ways to save yourself from burnout is to spread your work throughout the year. Find business clients who don’t use a calendar year, as their returns are not due in April. If your main business comes from tax prep, consider branching out and providing other services such as bookkeeping, management consulting, or tax planning.
You may also want to hire extra help during the busy season. Identify tasks that you can outsource, and pay someone else to do them. This can include everything from data entry to cleaning your office. If you don’t feel like you can outsource anything at the office, consider getting extra help at home. Focus on work by hiring someone to do your grocery shopping, clean your home, or take care of similar tasks.
If possible, try to follow the busy season by taking some time off. Plan a vacation or take some time to focus on your family. Knowing a break is on the horizon makes it easier to get through the busy times.
Most accountants have an uptick in work during tax time. To avoid burnout, try to anticipate the extra stress and workload during this time and plan accordingly. With the right strategies, you can take better care of yourself.