Shop Talk reporter Virginia Bridges asked small-business owners how they avoid burnout. This is what they said.
• “Making time just for myself, long walks, reconnecting with nature, and because we have a season-guided business, (I) try to stay ahead of the rush by refreshing ideas to old themes,” said Donna Frederick, owner and buyer for The Play House Toy Store in Durham. “And yes, eat ice cream with a friend.”
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• “I love to cook, bake, read or garden and make sure to schedule time out of the shop since we are open seven days a week,” said Cindy Jones, owner of the Savory Spice Shop Raleigh. “We love to relax with our gourmet supper/wine club that meets once a month at our homes. I also plan on working out with our daughter who is a recent exercise scientist graduate.”
• “My husband and I run our business together, and our shop is open seven days a week, so we have to be sure to schedule time away from the business,” said Jessica Greene, co-owner of Durham craft-supplies store Bull City Craft. “We also remind each other what we love about our business. To avoid burnout, I have found it extremely helpful to get feedback and support from other small-business owners.”
• “I avoid burnout by adding new creative outlets to what we do at Galatea,” said Cheryl Fraser, owner of Galatea Boutique in Raleigh. “I try to add to our specialness by getting new local designers who add to our mix to make it more interesting. I also make all the candles we sell and enjoy concocting new scents and special orders for customers.”
• “I have a restless mind that is always pursuing new ideas, projects and creative endeavors. Whether it’s painting a picture or organizing a civic project like our new parklet, these things keep me somewhat sane and balanced,” said Pam Blondin, owner of eclectic and handmade gift shop Deco Raleigh. “The only way I can do these things away from the store is because I have a fabulous, smart team at Deco who pick up the day-to-day routine when I need or want to focus my energy elsewhere.”