I posted this in my other blog, Microbusinesssolutions.wordpress.com almost three years ago. It was true then; it is true now:
It is Sunday night, the day I usually take off. Even when I am off, I am thinking about my business. That is a by-product of having your own business–you are never truly “off.” Much more than any job you have, being a small or micro business owner is very consuming. Sometimes the lines between the business and yourself seem to blur. The company is your creation, your passion (hopefully), and your dream. You have invested your blood, sweat, and tears into it.
Right now, I am thinking about the many hats I will be wearing tomorrow. I still do service work in my business, so I will be taking care of clients. I am meeting with my CPA Tuesday, so I am going to be looking at budgets and tax prep things in the morning. Later, I am going to be meeting with a subcontractor. I am also going to have a meeting with the senior people in my company on Thursday to talk about directions we are going and how we are going to get there. I will be making follow up phone calls with clients, and I will always be on the lookout to pick up new business. Beyond these, there are always little “fires” that come up throughout a day to put out. These many roles take more than an 8 hour 5 day workweek to handle. But it is worth it to me.
Point being, if you want a career that you can easily leave behind when you get off at 5:00 on Friday and pick back up at 8:00 on Monday, having your own business is not that. If, on the other hand, you want to experience the satisfaction of creating your work as an extension of yourself in this manner and are willing to do what is necessary–YOU WILL LOVE having your own business.
For me, there is nothing like it. It is the hardest, best, most challenging, and most rewarding “work” I have ever done.