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4 Pitfalls of Being An Entrepreneur…and How to Overcome Them


There’s a lot to be said for entrepreneurship. A lot has been said, most of extolling the many admirable traits of those who dedicate their life to challenging themselves and pushing the world in any large or small way. Yet while there are many great reasons why going at it alone is worthwhile, there are a number of lesser talked about pitfalls than budding Richard Branson’s should be aware. Here are four of them and some guidance on how they can be overcome.

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It’s Hard Work

We’re hoping it won’t come as any great shock to you that being an entrepreneur is very hard work. You need to create something that doesn’t exist and make other people believe in it. That’s not something that just anyone can do and those that can usually have to work extra hard to prove it.

How do you overcome hard work? Why, by not thinking of it as work at all. This is your passion project. It is your life. So get building!

You’re Responsible For Others

This is one that usually creeps up on entrepreneurs. One day they’re mapping their route to business success in their garage, the next they’re responsible for a team of workers, and all the quirks and trials and tribulations that go along with that.

Every entrepreneur needs to have some degree of people skills, but sometimes the problems you’re faced with will be beyond that. You should be looking to outsource your HR responsibilities early on. Find out more here and make sure the employee aspect of your business is taken care of. In the meanwhile, you will be able to get back to building your dream!

The Pressure Is On

Any job that’s worth a grain of salt has pressure connected to it, but what you’re doing is a different kettle of fish altogether. Whereas most leaders share their pressures with other people in the company, you’re essentially an island, floating along on a sea of pressure. It is the life you chose, and you have to accept that the side effects of entrepreneurship can’t all be positive. To combat this, make sure you don’t fall into the trap of believing your hype. Stay level to the ground, and remember that if you fail, then it’s not the end of the world. Move on to the next thing.

Finding Other Joys

Finally, when it comes to other aspects of their life, entrepreneurs tend to…well, not have other aspects of their life. Their lives are dominated by what they’re trying to achieve; personal relationships, hobbies and other joys can take a seat that’s quite far back in their mind. While you do need to show high levels of dedication to your company, it’s also important that you take the time to take a break every now and again. It’s important for your health, wellbeing and also your company, since you’ll return stronger than before.


About Alina Bradford

I've been a DIY, lifestyle, tech and health writer for almost two decades. Dang, that makes me sound old...Anywhoo, feel free to follow me on Twitter. I'm @alinabradford. Real original handle, huh?

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