Avoiding Overload

by Rich Binsacca, Freelance Writer; Boise, ID,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2000, Vol. 70, Issue 1, Pg. 54-55

Document Type: Feature article


Working for yourself can bring a rewarding sense of independence, but it can also be hectic as you try to be all things to all people. Engineers who start their own companies often find they spend as much time—if not more— working on finances, marketing, sales, and accounting as they do on engineering. To avoid burnout, experts recommend getting a solid business education or bank of experience from which to draw, and using connections with other small businesses to help share the workload. Some functions, such as accounting, can be out-sourced or even bartered. Careful business planning and discussion groups with other, similar business owners in non-competing areas of the country can also help to relieve the stress of running your own business.

Subject Headings: Overloads | Marketing | Financial management | Engineering firms | Solid mechanics | Education | Small business | Owners

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