Starting a small business from the ground up is hard. Yes, you get to be your own boss and never have to worry about someone looming over you, watching your every move. And yes, you are the master of your destiny, but this can sometimes be a difficult thing. While you have the ability to create your own success, if you fail there is no one to blame but yourself. And success isn't always easy to come by. As hard as you may work, there will always be periods of time where you simply aren't where you feel you should be. Starting your own business can be exhausting, frustrating, intimidating, and draining, both emotionally and financially. With all this being said, I wouldn't ever give up working for myself. There are constant challenges, but these challenges are balanced out by things like this:
- Patients who bring you bottles of wine, just because. This actually happens a lot more often than you would think. My patients rock!
- Picking up the phone, hearing an pushy salesman on the other end, and responding that the owner is in a meeting right now. Hint: In my office, the owner is always in a meeting unless you are a patient, or someone whom I look forward to speaking with.
- Deciding that a nap at noon is in order, and taking said nap without having to hide under my desk like I'm in George Costanza.
- I can come to work in my pajamas if I want to. I don't, but I could. And it feels pretty damn good to know that I could be in jammies right now if I wanted to be.
- I can swear as much as I want to, and never get in trouble!
- No one is screaming at me because I've went over budget on things that make my office a better place to be.
- My lunch break could be five or six hours, if I so desired. This never actually happens; in fact, I'm usually starving by midday because I never have time to eat. Perhaps I need to have a talk with my boss about this.
- A trip to China will be a nice-sized tax write-off!
- I can download the William Hung CD and play it as background music for difficult patients, and complaints will fall on deaf ears. What can I do? The boss says I'm not allowed to change the music.