In the past, we’ve talked about throwing in the towel and quitting your small business. It’s very rare that an entrepreneur sticks with the same small business forever, and it’s important to develop an exit strategy to give yourself good options for leaving your business.
But sometimes leaving isn’t the only option. This week, Entrepreneur posted an interesting article about figuring out if you simply need a break from your small business, and how to go about it. From the article:
Then I hit a wall. I was having trouble coming up with ideas for my columns and motivating myself to work on assigned client projects, and in general feeling less engaged in my work. I needed a break.
Starting your own business – diving into the world of entrepreneurship – is rarely an uneventful ride. No matter what kind of entrepreneurship journey you’re on, we bet your life just feels different than it did before. With that theory in mind, we polled some entrepreneurs on our Facebook and Twitter pages and asked them how their lifestyle has changed since becoming an entrepreneur. Here are some of their answers.
“I care more about absolutely everything. My family, business, fitness, social interactions, etc.” – OD
“I’ve understood the value in my own skills and dreams. I’m much more confident than I used to be.” – SM
“I’m more observant of the world around me. I enjoy meeting people more than I did when I was working for a paycheque, hearing their stories, learning from them; everything is just a little more meaningful than before. Of course, I’m also more grateful for what I have – the long hard days of start-up have made me appreciate time off and positive cash flow more than when I was working.” – LR
“My priorities have fallen into place – I now understand what it means to work hard and relax hard. After sometimes crazy days at work, the free time I have is spent doing only what I truly love, with my favourite people.” – MI
What about you? How has entrepreneurship changed you?