I think a lot of people misconceive what it’s like running businesses from home. Most people see running a business as a luxurious thing. We get to work from the comforts of home, choose our own hours (supposedly), and we get to be our own boss. We don’t have to answer to anyone.
I won’t lie, those things are a luxury that I am grateful for. I absolutely love working from home. It is one of the many rewarding aspects of running your own business. However, there are many challenges that come with being an entrepreneur that people don’t typically think about or realize.
Often times, people think that our day consists of lounging around at home, watching TV, playing video games among other leisurely things. But that’s simply not the case. Our businesses are not successful and profitable because we sit at home and do nothing each day. We spend hours upon hours each day working to deliver what we promise our clients.
Working from home is great too, especially during the winter time when leaving the house in the freezing cold is the last thing I want to do. However, it usually means being confined to the house for many hours every day.
We also don’t really get to choose our own hours. At least, not at first. To run a successful business you have to be willing to sacrifice the majority of your time. The saying is true about shedding blood, sweat, and tears. Mostly sweat and tears due to the daily stressors that result from running a business.
Overall, being my own boss is great. I don’t have anyone to answer to which is another luxury. But that can be, and is, a double edged sword. I am the only person holding myself accountable. If I slack off, there’s no one here to tell me that I am doing so. I have to keep myself in check which can be hard to do. Honestly, there are some times where I even go as far as justifying why it’s okay that I didn’t do much work one day, or why a client can wait until tomorrow to get a response.
It’s Stressful, and Stress Takes a Toll
It’s to no one’s surprise that I’m a, would you call, “stresser outer?” Not really a word, but that describes what I am. I stress and I overthink. It’s something that I ask God to help me with each and every day. So naturally, running a business comes with it’s own amount of stress.
Stress takes a toll on the body, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I’ve had migraines for almost as long as I can remember, and they used to start 5-7 days every week. I was completely miserable. They kept me up at night, stopped me from being able to enjoy doing things with friends and with my husband, and just overall caused me to have a lesser quality of life. I blame 50% of my headaches on stress, majority coming from running a business.
I would also be so consumed in running my business that my spiritual walk with God would take a toll. I had to learn how to make room for God, especially since he was and is the source of my success.
It is important that you learn how to deal with stress, especially when you’re a business owner. Burnout is real, and can destroy your business. You don’t ever want to get so stressed out that you subconsciously give up on your business. Blog post coming soon about how I deal with stress.
The Responsibility is Tough
For me, the hardest part about running my businesses is being the one that everyone relies on. Not only do the clients depend on me to deliver an amazing product and service, but even though both of my businesses are small, I also have a couple employees that depend on me to make this business work. They have families that depend on the income they receive from working for me.
Running a business is a lot of responsibility. As I mentioned, it takes a lot of dependability, as well as persistence and determination. I don’t ever want to let anyone down, and there’s always the risk that you can and will.
Please don’t be scared to start a business!
I wanted to make this blog post to bring awareness to what it’s really like to run a business. This is just the surface level. However, I don’t want to steer anyone away from starting a business.
What I want to do is prepare you and shed light on some of the challenges that come with being an entrepreneur. It is not easy and so no one should ever start a business with the mindset that it will be easy and successful overnight. It takes time and consistency.
And if you are already an entrepreneur, don’t ever let anyone make you feel like your work is not important, or like you’re less than. Your job is not easy.
I see you, I hear you, I am you, and I am with you.