The idea of being your own boss, for most people is a dream. The ability to making your own hours, not answering to the higher ups, to run and live what you love. This is an all amazing concept, but…
What is the reality of Owning and running a small business?
1 Making your own hours- Yes, business owners do have the ability to make their own hours, schedules, and take holiday’s when they wish, does this happen? Sure it happens, by making our days 14 hours long, working during supper on the smart phone, showing up before and leaving after everyone. Holidays, may sometimes happen, but are often swept aside, Depending on how new the company is. That dream of short hours and large paychecks may not be the case.
2.Not Answering to a boss– To many, having to answer to the boss, is dreadful. Being your own boss is a dream in many people’s eyes. However, You are left with problem solving, payroll, marketing, leads, taxes, hiring and firing, balancing, the list goes on and on.
3. Mental and emotional hard times– Every entrepreneurs journey is a road with hills, curves, and forks. Often faced with numerous high and low moments, depending on the decisions made during these low’s, success can feel almost impossible, leaving you left anxious and depressed. As motivation and drive are key factors to defeat the low’s, they often leave you facing a mental health and depression battle. Many highly successful entrepreneurs, have faced depression and suicidal thoughts in the early business years.
The dream of building an empire, and scrapping the employee card, may just be that to many….A DREAM. Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs start out with dreams, motivation, and strive to be successful, soon to be overwhelmed with hills and forks. Being a small business owner is not a career for everyone. It takes drive, motivation, stubbornness, fighting through mental health break downs, and much more to be successful.
You’re going to feel overwhelmed and stressed at times, But if you have drive, motivation, fight, and stubbornness you will make it.
The key to success? Setting achievable goals and following through. Stay strong and your dream comfortable living is on the horizon.