Always \u201con\u201d office culture was a growing trend even before the COVID-19 pandemic. But now that nearly half of the U.S. workforce has made the transition to the home office , maintaining any sort of work-life balance has become even harder. Blurring the lines between business hours and personal time\u2014not to mention the pandemic pressures\u2014has led experts to predict a huge uptick in employee burnout (a.k.a. chronic stress and overwork). Recent studies have already found that over two-thirds of employees have experienced burnout while working from home, and the data suggests those numbers are likely to continue to rise into winter. Setting a strict sign-off schedule and unplugging all together may seem like the obvious solution, but for workers who are also their own boss, it\u2019s not that simple. According to Sharon Miller, head of Small Business at Bank of America, it is much more difficult for small business owners to compartmentalize the roles of boss, employee, and family member. \u201cBusiness owners don\u2019t stop and say, \u2018Oh, I\u2019m a business owner. Now I\u2019m the CFO. And now I\u2019m going to go home and be the mom,\u201d she\u2019s said when discussing some of the top challenges small business owners face . And with more on their plate and more to prove than the average 9 to 5 employee, business owners and freelancers may be some of the workers most at risk for burnout. We sourced some of Miller\u2019s best tips to help those running their own show beat the burnout the rest of this year. Tune in to Getting Down to Business on December 1 at 4:30 P.M. EST for a live Q&A with Sharon Miller and Marie Claire \u2019s Editor in Chief, Sally Holmes, for more on the state of small business now. Stay connected to your community Despite the challenges of 2020, a strong and active community is one silver lining Miller has found amidst the uncertainty. \u201cFind other business owners going through similar challenges,\u201d recommends Miller. \u201cAt Bank of America, we don\u2019t just serve clients, we serve communities. We\u2019re here to support you, to train you, to mentor you, to connect you with other women ,\u201d she says to the bank\u2019s small business community . Working smarter (not harder) is key when combating burnout, and a professional community can be a great way to source help while keeping the creative engine running. \u201cKeep thinking, \u2018Okay, how can I do this better, faster, more efficiently?\u2019\u2019 is advice she often gives young women jumping into their own business . Staying on top of the trends is essential in managing your workload and growing as a company. Also, it\u2019s the one thing Miller always encourages all small businesses to do. Ask for help When it comes to financial health, don\u2019t wait to get guidance. \u201cIt\u2019s about women understanding that, you know what, you don\u2019t have to have it . Raise your hand, let us know you\u2019re ready to lead, let us know you want to grow, and we're going to support you, and we're going to help you get to where you want to go,\u201d Miller says to the bank\u2019s small business community . Especially at a time when many small businesses are making a pivot and rethinking their business model, getting the right guidance is critical. For those at a professional crossroads, Miller suggests speaking to a bank advisor so you can determine your roadmap to success. \u201cDon\u2019t wait until it\u2019s perfect. Go now so you can get advice from professionals and learn.\u201d Take care of yourself For many\u2014including Sharon Miller\u2014the living room now serves as an office, a classroom, and the place we hope to relax at the end of the day. Taking time for yourself and making room to refocus places pretty high on Miller\u2019s WFH recommendation list. \u201cYou can\u2019t do your best if you can\u2019t be at your best,\u201d Miller says in her small business community forum . \u201cWe have to tell ourselves, \u2018I can\u2019t control this,\u2019 so focus on what you can control.\u201d Coffee breaks and midday walks have never been more essential!