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What’s the brutal truth about being a small business owner?


There’s a lot of pressure out there for small business owners. You’re expected to make money, but also be responsible and show up every day. It can be hard to balance all those things, but if you stick with it long enough, success will come eventually! Here are some things that I’ve learned about being a small business owner:

You have to have the drive to succeed.

You have to have the drive to succeed.

You have to be willing to work hard.

You have to be willing to learn new things and adapt as necessary, because if you don’t, no one will hire you or give your company a chance because they don’t see how good it can be in the future.

You need an endless supply of energy and motivation—you’ll burn out faster than any other entrepreneur out there if you’re not careful!

You have to outwork your competition.

You need to be willing to work hard. If you’re not willing to put in the hours and do the extra work, then don’t even bother starting a business. It’s that simple. You have to be able to outwork your competition if you want success in this industry because there’s no way around it: people will always find ways around what we create for them if we aren’t willing or able ourselves—and we won’t give them anything less than our best effort!

There’s always someone who knows more than you.

For example, if you’re a small business owner and your competitor has a new product that’s better than yours, there’s no way to tell which one will be more successful. The best thing you can do is stay on top of industry news and make sure you know what they’re doing.

You should also try to network with other small businesses in your area by attending events like the Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours or networking groups like Business Owners Against Cancer (BOAC). These organizations allow entrepreneurs from all industries to meet each other face-to-face and learn from each other’s experiences—which could end up making all the difference when it comes time for those tough decisions about whether or not those products are worth buying! And don’t forget about reading industry publications too; this way even if someone else has already done something similar before them (which happens), there might be still things that were left out that could help future customers find solutions too!

You can’t do everything yourself.

  • You need to delegate tasks to other people.
  • You need to find the right people for the job.
  • You need to be able to trust them, pay them and manage them.

The customer is not always right.

The customer is not always right. You must be firm with your business and treat them with respect, but you also need to be able to say no if necessary. If you are going to say yes every time, then it will be impossible for you or your employees to have any kind of life outside of work because they’ll never get any rest!

You should also make sure that whatever services or products are offered on the website are something that makes sense for a person who has no idea what they’re doing in terms of starting their own business—because the truth is: most people don’t know anything about running their own businesses until they get into one themselves!

Every client/customer is different.

Every client/customer is different.

Every single one of your clients is unique, and that’s what makes them so valuable as a business owner. You need to understand their needs and what they want from you before you can start working together on a project or service. You will have to adapt quickly if something changes during the course of your work together—and this can happen at any time! It might not be obvious right away, but if there’s something about their personality that makes them resistant or difficult in some way (they may be shy or quiet), then it might take longer than usual for them to trust you enough to share more information with you about themselves so that you can build an effective partnership together.

You want to avoid customers who are unhappy.

You want to avoid customers who are unhappy.

One way to do this is by not letting a bad experience with one customer ruin your reputation. If the customer is rude or gives you bad service, don’t just pretend like it never happened and hope that they won’t tell other people about it. Instead, say something about how much better the experience was at another place or on another day (or even write about it!). This way, if someone else has similar problems with your business, they’ll know that there’s more than one option when dealing with you.

Another way is by being willing to ask for help when needed—even if that means doing more work yourself! If someone asks for something complicated or complicatedly-worded instructions but still can’t figure out how exactly their job needs doing…well then great! Someone needs an extra pair of hands! Just keep in mind what kind of person this is (and whether they’re likely to be willing) before asking them too much assistance; otherwise all those hours spent working will go down the drain because nobody felt like helping anyone else anymore after having completed their task successfully once already.”

You’re always learning and improving.

It’s important to note that there will always be new things to learn, and you’ll be surprised by what you find out. In fact, it’s probably a good idea to keep an eye out for anything new related to your business—whether it’s a product or service that hasn’t been released yet but could be great for your company or an idea that was never thought of before but might work wonders now.

Don’t expect everything in life (or in business) to go smoothly all the time; there are always going to be bumps along the road. Even if things seem like they’re going well right now, keep an open mind about how long these positive feelings can last before they fade away into something else entirely different!

You will make mistakes, but you need to learn from those mistakes.

You will make mistakes, but you need to learn from those mistakes. There’s no such thing as being perfect, but there is such a thing as being aware of your imperfections and how they affect others. If you’re honest with yourself, acknowledge that you have flaws and try to do better next time.

Humble people are always eager for feedback—even if it’s unfavorable—so that they can improve their craft or service in the future (or even just so they don’t get fired). Humility isn’t always easy: sometimes it feels like admitting failure before other people have even had a chance at success themselves! But it’s worth it if you want something better than what was offered freely out of kindness; this way all involved parties benefit from each other’s hard work by learning something new about themselves along the way.

If you don’t take advantage of opportunities, someone else will.

There are a lot of opportunities out there that you can take advantage of. But if you don’t, someone else will.

If your business is small, it can be easy to feel like there are no opportunities for growth—and if that’s the case, then it’s time to get creative about how you go about getting those opportunities.

For example: I once had an assistant who was great at organizing my files but wasn’t very good at making copies or doing other office duties on her own (such as taking orders). In fact, she would often try to do these things herself when I wasn’t around or couldn’t do so myself because of some other pressing matter back in my office space at home! This made me feel bad because now I had two people working for me instead of one person doing all those things herself (which would’ve saved us both time). So after thinking about this problem for awhile and discussing it with my husband over dinner one night last week while enjoying wine together before bedtime later that evening…

There will be days when you want to give up and throw in the towel, but you can’t let that happen.

It’s true that there will be days when you want to give up and throw in the towel, but you can’t let that happen. In fact, these are the days when you need to push yourself harder than ever before. You have a business now—and if you’re not willing to work for it every day, then someone else will take your place!

You also need to remember that no one is going anywhere without their credentials and experience (including me). If I was still working at my old job after becoming an entrepreneur, would I still be able to do what makes me happy? No way! And neither should any other small business owner let themselves get bogged down by their own negative thoughts or feelings because they know how easy it is for those emotions out of control during times like these…

It’s hard work, but it can be really rewarding as well

As a small business owner, you have to be willing to put in the hard work. You have to learn new things, make mistakes and learn from them. And if you’re not willing to do that then your company won’t be successful.

There are so many factors that go into running a business successfully and this is why it’s so important for entrepreneurs: they need passion in order for their businesses to succeed (not just because they’re passionate).


The truth is that being a small business owner can be really rewarding and rewarding. However, it’s also hard work and there will be days when you want to give up and throw in the towel. But, as we’ve discussed above, if you keep at it, eventually things will start to improve for your business.


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