Building a business is exhilarating. There’s the freedom to manage your own time, the opportunity to create an enormous impact, and the potential to build something great. It’s intoxicating.

But it’s also a recipe for neglecting the most important person in the equation, you. The reality for business owners is that self-care isn’t a luxury reserved for going on vacation. We need to be practising self-care daily as it’s the foundation on which a sustainable fulfilling business is built.

Here, we discuss how to integrate self-care into entrepreneurial life, looking at:

  • Why self-care is a necessity in business, not a luxury
  • How to ensure you take the time out that’s needed for your physical and mental wellbeing
  • Why self-care is all about setting boundaries that are not just beneficial for you, but also for your customers.

Schedule self-care

Treat self-care activities as non-negotiables in your calendar. Allocate time for activities that rejuvenate your energy, whether it’s meditation, nature walks, or simply reading a good book.

Identify your non-negotiables

Prioritise activities that are essential for your well-being, such as getting enough sleep, eating healthy meals, and connecting with loved ones. These non-negotiables should take precedence even during busy business periods.

Delegate and Outsource

It’s important to recognise that you don’t have to do it all. Delegate tasks and outsource where possible to free up time for relaxation and focus on what truly matters, ultimately preventing burnout.

Embrace Boundaries

Establishing boundaries is not a sign of weakness but a superpower. Define your limits to create a healthy work-life balance and build a business that aligns with your well-being.

Celebrate Your Wins

Don’t overlook the importance of celebrating even the smallest victories along the way. Recognise and appreciate your progress, as each win contributes to your business’s overall success.

Self-care is fundamental to creating a thriving business that aligns with your well-being.

By investing in yourself and prioritising self-care activities, you are not only nurturing your health but also laying the foundation for sustainable success in the business world.

Remember, looking after yourself is not a luxury; it’s a necessity for achieving your full potential in both business and life.


  • [00:38] The exhilaration and challenges of building a business
  • [01:22] Redefining self-care beyond luxury
  • [02:07] Practical tips for integrating self-care into entrepreneurial life
  • [03:01] The importance of delegating and outsourcing
  • [03:36] Setting boundaries for better business
  • [04:26] Celebrating small wins for big success
  • [05:07] Self-care as a strategic business move
  • [05:42] A personal anecdote on work-life balance
  • [07:37] Concluding thoughts on self-care


Talk Strategy with Clive

With more than 30 years’ experience in mentoring small to medium-sized businesses around Australia. Clive works with company owners and their teams to grow their business and achieve goals through strategic coaching.