Being busy is not a sign of being successful. It is a conspicuous way of demonstrating that your time is very valuable to other people - even if it isn't. Much like finishing your work early, but then not leaving for home because you don't want to appear lazy. When you are starting a small business, there is no point in doing that. Your boss lives in your head. Chris Gardener has written a book for small business owners called 'The Busyness Delusion'. After several years working with various small businesses in an auditing capacity, then as an independent Financial Director, he has developed a framework to help those who want to venture out on their own to develop Financial Security. The kind that creates the foundation for the freedom to pursue the things that really matter to you. Which doesn't include being busy for the sake of it.