5 Areas Most Small Business Owners Struggle With

5 Areas Most Small Business Owners Struggle With

Running a small business of your own can be incredibly rewarding because you know that everything that the business accomplishes is down to your hard work and dedication. However, as rewarding and exciting as it is, it is also incredibly stressful and often downright exhausting. There is just so much that you have to deal with, and you’re going to find a lot of this pretty tough. If you asked any small business owner what they found hardest, you’d get a wide range of answers, but here are five of the most common ones, to prepare for what’s to come.

1. Trying To Stay Motivated

Most people think that being their own boss means that the can work less than they do now, but this is very rarely the case. It takes a lot of hard work and long hours to be successful, so it’s vital that you remain motivated at all times, or you’ll end up accomplishing nothing. This is why it’s so important that you’re passionate about the work that you’re doing, as this passion will keep you going when times get tough.

2. Learning To Delegate

Almost every entrepreneur starts their business on their own, so it’s understandable that they might have difficulty letting go of the reigns and allowing someone to help them out. However, it’s vital that you do when need to, or you’ll end up burning out, which will only ever harm your business. You need to consider every task that needs completing and delegate those that you don’t need to deal with personally to employees and freelancers.

3. Hiring The Right Employees

Of course, to delegate to your employees, you actually need to have some, which means that you need to take time and care finding people perfect for your business. This can be a pretty daunting process, so you might want to speak to one of the top executive search firms to ensure you get the right people for the job. Once you’ve built your team, you need to do what you can to keep them motivated and productive, which can also be tricky.

4. Managing Money Effectively

Small businesses need money to survive, so it’s critical that you’re managing your money effectively and are skilled in sustaining cash flow. Having a clear business plan is vital here, as it will give you an indication of where your money is coming from and how much you’re getting. There is also accounting and the books to be dealt with, but this is something that you may want to delegate to a professional accountant to avoid any mistakes.

5. Balancing Home And Work

When you work a regular job, you have someone there to tell you when to start work, when to take breaks, and when to go home. However, this isn’t the case when you’re running a business, so it’s much harder to maintain a work-life balance. To make this job easier, you should set yourself working hours, and stop working when you’re hours are completed. You should also start delegating work to other people so that you have more free time.

Running a business is incredibly rewarding, but before you start one of your own, it’s important that you consider the challenges you’ll face along the way.

Christine Buske is a former academic who left science at the bench, and now considers herself a woman in tech. She is a frequently invited speaker, and enjoys talking about career transformation (particularly leaving academia for the business world), tech, issues around women in tech, product management, agile, and outreach. She is a proud Canadian resident, and qualifies as a "serial expat".

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