“Oh how fun! You get to play for a living.”
“You’re so lucky, you get to make your own schedule.”
“It must be nice wearing pajamas to work.”
So many people have told me about how great it must be to be a business owner. While it’s partly true, it’s also very hard. Would I trade my businesses for a full time job working for someone else? No, but it’s not all tea and crumpets if that’s what you’re thinking.
Owning a business is hard work. It’s more than a full time job, it’s a lifestyle. Most of the time (especially when you start out), you’re a 1-man operation. You have to know about sales, accounting, marketing, operations, etc. You at least have to grasp the basics of how all those things work and coincide to run a successful business. You have to make big decisions even when you don’t know the right answer. Money isn’t always stable. One month you have more than enough and then another month you don’t even have enough to get by.Customers can be nice, and customers can be mean. Some days you have no work to do and then others you’re buried. It’s the life of an entrepreneur, every day is different.
Why do I post this you ask? Well, because I want you to know something. Yes, owning a business is fun and I would never trade it for the world! But it’s hard, it’s not all fun and games. It takes serious discipline, critical thinking, a willingness to learn things you’re not good at, and a lot of will power. Most of all, you have to really believe in yourself even when others might not.
But think about it. If you’re willing to endure it, to give yourself a chance to be more than you ever thought you could be..then the sky is the limit. Don’t be discouraged about the hard work or the big decisions. Don’t be scared of it. Expect it and conquer it!
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