Like any small business owner, you’re familiar with the hard work, late nights, and the ups and downs of running a business. Your role is by no means easy and being an entrepreneur can be every bit as challenging as it is rewarding. Here are 10 things you know all too well.
1. Your dining table doubles as your desk
When you own your own business, your work tends to follow you home. Sure, dining tables are great for eating – but they’re even better for planning your quarterly forecasts.
2. Your friends always want a discount
You love your friends but you can’t give everyone a discount all the time. Remember to always quote what your business is worth – even to friends and family.
3. A 10-minute lunch break is the norm
Good things come in small packages and for you that means being granted a mere 10 minutes during your busy workday to enjoy a sandwich, or scoff down a pot of instant noodles.
4. Coffee is your lifeline
Coffee, coffee, coffee.
5. Forget counting sheep, you count inventory
You’re so dedicated to making your business a success it’s not surprising that it’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning, and the last thing before you fall asleep.
6. You’re often running late
Priorities tend to shift when you’re trying to get your business off the ground, making it harder to see your friends and family. You may have developed a little bit of a reputation for running late.
7. What’s a holiday?
Taking a holiday when your self-employed is harder than it sounds. Annual leave is no longer a given and even when you do get to take a holiday, your phone keeps ringing.
8. You’ve become an avid fan of Shark Tank
You’re creative, driven, and often find business inspiration from the world around you. Binge-watching Shark Tank has become one of your favourite leisure-time activities.
9. You love telling people about your job
You’re passionate about your business and more than happy to tell anyone who will listen. You work hard and have every right to be proud of all that you’ve accomplished.
10. You adore your accountant
Anyone who can make keeping the books up-to-date that little bit easier is a saint.
Your life may have changed since you decided to start your own business and while it can be tough you’re certainly not alone. For all things small business, check out these helpful resources.