How many days a week do you work? If the answer is seven, you need to readdress your work-life balance.

As with everything in life, you need balance. You need to separate your working life from your family life. There is a tendency in convenience store owners to work every hour God gives them in pursuit of profits. This is unhealthy and will not give you the quality of life you deserve.

In our case, we do not work weekends, we have staff for that. Weekends are for family, time with the children and time to relax. That way the shop becomes a Monday to Friday job (albeit with longer working hours than most).

If you have children, they are only children once, don’t miss your opportunity to share their childhood with them.

Whether you take weekends off or schedule your free time for during the week, to be happy you cannot not work seven days a week. If nothing else, you need the spare time to work ON your business rather than IN it.

This advice is taken from the e-book ‘So, you want to run a convenience store?’ by Peter Lamb. It is available for free download here.