You have always wanted to be self-employed and now the perfect opportunity has presented itself. Your Business Plan is completed, your finances are in place, you have the perfect location for your business and the perfect product.
Congratulations, you have now accomplished a life long dream and everything is perfect. Or it is?
The one area that is most often overlooked when starting your own business is the personal sacrifice and commitment that is required by both yourself and your family. Do you really stop to consider just how much time away from home would be required? Did you stop to consider your health and whether or not your body would be able to physically handle all the additional stresses that come with your own business?
As a business owner myself for the past two years, I realized one day that the personal side of things was one aspect that I did not consider. I have seen my wife and kids a lot less in the past two years and my health has deteriorated greatly as the financial stresses of my business have begun to mount.
When I look back at my situation, I realize that I rushed into things without really taking my family into account. It was a huge mistake but fortunately I have been blessed with a very patient and understanding wife.
If you are about to enter your Self Employed dreams and are just days away from that big Grand Opening, or just considering starting your own business, make sure that you have a Family Plan, in addition to your business plan.
Businesses come and go, the same can not be necessarily said for your family and health.