Is running a business easy?

I have a friend I’ve been recently speaking to who has been running his own business for a while now. 

He told me, “You know Steve I am struggling!”

Not in terms of sales, but in terms of working 18 hour days.

He feels like he is working himself into the ground. 

Now, I know that any business owner out there can tell you he has felt that way at one time or another. 

So, when my friend asked me if it is always going to be like that I told him…”Well, yes.”

If someone tells you that they work 1 hour a day on the beach sipping Mimosa run the other way! They are probably trying to sell you something. 

Running a business is hard work and it will always be hard work. 

As a business, you have to keep growing and when you grow you inevitably encounter problems. When you encounter those problems, you have to solve them!

Most of the time the solutions aren’t obvious so you have to brainstorm ways to fix your problems. 

Anyone who has ever run their own business will tell you it’s hard work and frustrating. 

Well, honestly you have two different groups. The ones who will tell you that you only have to work one hour a day. 

And the ones who will tell you that you will always be working 15 hours a day.

Just so I’m being clear here. You will have days where it is both, but 1 hour days are not going to happen overnight. And it’s certainly not going to happen in the first year.

There will be days when you are non-stop hustling and days where you have time to do whatever you want. 

As your sales start to grow you will be able to afford to hire someone to handle customer support and sales. You will then also be able to afford more automation to make your life a little easier. 

So, what eventually happens is that rather than you dealing with the one on one interactions you will start to have meetings with your staff. You start to make more of the high-level decisions and allow your team to take on more responsibility. 

But, it is still hard work. 

I probably work 12 hours a day in my business, but I don’t view it as work. I love doing it. Part of my work is writing and filming videos. Another part of my work is dealing with onboarding new clients. Another part would be dealing with company fires and trying to figure out what’s going wrong!

And so what I do on a daily basis is varied, but I love doing it. 

So, when I get questions like, “Does running a company get easier? Is it always this hard? Does it always suck this bad?” 

My answer is yeah, sometimes it kind of does suck. Other times it’s not so bad. 

The difference between running your own business and working for someone else though is that if it goes wrong chances are you’re going to know about it before it happens. 

I would still advise anybody to run their own business rather than work for somebody else because when you work for somebody else you never know what’s going to happen.

Comment down below if you have been thinking about starting your own business. What’s stopping you? What do you want to know?

 

Steve Goodall is a full-time digital nomad and an Iron Maiden fan who has spent the last 30 years working with business owners in driving company growth, restructuring internal operations and providing full consultancy on all platforms including branding, outreach, and marketing. Talking business is his THING… so connect with him on LinkedIn.