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How to Take Care of Yourself as a Founder

"Just working less isn't the answer. It may make things worse."

Dear SaaStr: How Do You Take Care of Yourself As a Founder?

Quiet quitting, feeling sorry for yourself, working 30 hours a week, etc. — that doesn’t really work for a founder. It may feel good in the short term, but it doesn’t work. It doesn’t get you to success.

But you do need to take care of yourself, at least as much as possible.

What works:

  • Go hire one great VP. A VP of Sales, Marketing, Product, Engineering, Customer Success. It almost doesn’t matter. But if you hire one truly great one, they will take some of the load off your shoulders. Their first week.

  • Take one real vacation a year, and a bigger one every few years. Take a 2+2 vacation if you are truly burnt.  More on that here.

  • Find a “late” co-founder. You don’t need to always have a great co-founder on Day 0. You can also find them later.

  • Drop one thing. Not everything. But drop one thing that you know matters — but that won’t move the needle.

  • Ship a game-changing feature.  This always makes everyone feel better.  Like they’ve finally moved the ball down the field.

  • Hang out with some other founders at your stage or later. This may not immediately make you feel better. But it may kick you in the arse a bit. And get you out of a pity hole.

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The Official SaaStr Podcast: SaaS | Founders | Investors
The Official SaaStr Podcast is the latest and greatest from the world of SaaStr, interviewing the most prominent operators and investors to discover their tips, tactics and strategies to attain success in the fiercely competitive world of SaaS. On the side of the operators, we center around getting from $0 to $100m ARR faster, what it takes to scale successfully and what are the core elements of hiring. As for the investors, we learn what metrics they hone in on when examining SaaS business, what type of metrics excites them and what they look for in SaaS founders.