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Small Businesses Are Not Part-Time

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on August 2, 2006

Starting your own business is like having a child. It’s a long-term commitment you cannot ignore or get away from for any length of time. It’s not for everyone, and unlike at a job, you usually can’t punch a clock, call it a day, and, if something happens, leave it to your boss to handle. When you run your own small business, it’s your problem and your responsibility, no one else’s!

To prepare for starting your own business, clear up your schedule to make sure you have the time to focus on it. Businesses are rarely part-time. It’s more a question of whether they will be merely full-time or the whole 24/7. Make sure that the significant people in your life understand the commitment you’re getting yourself into before you get into it. The pressure and stress of opening and running a business won’t just affect you, but all the people close to you, as well.

Anna Ostrovsky
Co-founder and general counsel
San Francisco

Reader Comments

Breadwinning Mom

May 21, 2010 12:24 PM

I don't deny that breadwinning dad misses his child all day. But I don't think you carried your child in your body for 9 months or fed your child from mild your body provided. It is impossible for a man to ever truly comprehend the biological connection a new mother has to her child. I can't even begin to express the psychological pain I experienced when I had to return to work and I was still breastfeeding my son. So I nursed all night, pumped all day, and my hormones were an absolute disaster. I physically craved to be with my son and was denied it. I would have given anything and still would for my role to be reversed with by husbands. He did not apply himself and get the job skills he needs to stay competitive in todays dwindling job market, and somehow, I have employable skills. I am willing to go back to school to stay relevant, he is not. I think there are men that over value themselves. Woman will take the lower pay, the crappy job, to do whatever it takes to make ends meet and provide for their family. Men have too much pride and will not take jobs they feel are beneath their ability, so they just don't work at all. I have more ability than the job I currently have requires, but it pays the bills.

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