23 Things Nobody Tells You When You Start a Business

23 Things Nobody Tells You When You Start a Business [infographic]

Starting a new business can be a rewarding venture. You can finally say goodbye to the 9 to 5 and start enjoying the freedom of running your own business.

Well, that's the idea isn't it?

This is what many think when breaking out of employment and starting a new business. Unfortunately, these people are usually in for a harsh shock.

You do indeed say goodbye to the 9 to 5. But you say hello to the 6 to 10. Yes, that's 6am to 10pm.

Long hours is the first thing nobody told me about when I started a business. Perhaps all the business owners I knew were to busy to tell me?

And, another point which really hit me. I still always feel like I work for someone. I work with customers on a daily basis. Basically, I still work for my customers.

However, I do work with customers I choose to work with and that's a massive plus.

Starting a New Business is Fun

The statements above may sound like negatives, and at first they are. But once you get used to the hours and the customers, running your own business is rewarding.

After some time you'll get processes in place and running a new business becomes 'easier'. I'm not saying you'll be sunning it up on a beautiful beach after a few months.

But you get a handle on things and you'll be able to spend more time with the family and less time on work.

I wouldn't change it for the world and I would recommend it to anyone. I believe anyone can start a business today. It doesn't matter if you're young or old either.

Even if you're a mature person that's never started a business. You can absolutely start a business today. It's never too late to start a business.

23 Things Nobody Tells You When You Start a Business

There are many factors people don't take into consideration before starting a new business. The guys over at SilverDoor Apartments have created a useful infographic which illustrates 23 things nobody tells you when you start a business.

The key 23 points to take away are:

  1. The Highs and Lows are Extreme
  2. Don't Estimate the Startup Costs
  3. Don't Spend Unnecessarily Either
  4. Networking is Essential
  5. Customer Service is Important From Day One
  6. It's a Lonely Game
  7. There is Huge Value in Mentors
  8. Your Path Will Change
  9. The Hours are Long
  10. Success is Addictive
  11. Your Ideas May Not be as Original as You Think
  12. You Have to Constantly Improve
  13. Don't be Afraid to Evolve
  14. Accept Your Own Strengths and Weaknesses
  15. You Should Concentrate on Getting Customers Over Polishing Your Image
  16. Some of Your Friends Will Doubt You
  17. You Need to Put Family First
  18. You Won't Really be Your Own Boss
  19. You Won't Have a Steady Paycheque
  20. You Will Become an Expert on Things You Know Nothing About
  21. Marketing Isn't Optional
  22. Most of Your Time Will be Spent on Admin
  23. Never Make Assumptions

23 Things Nobody Tells You When You Start a Business infographic

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I absolutely agree with all 23 things nobody tells you when you start a business on the list. There are 8 from the list which really hit home for me:

  1. Customer Service is Important From Day One
  2. It's a Lonely Game
  3. Your Path Will Change
  4. The Hours are Long
  5. Your Ideas May Not be as Original as You Think
  6. You Won't Really be Your Own Boss
  7. Marketing Isn't Optional
  8. Never Make Assumptions

Conclusion

In this article we went over 23 things nobody tells you when you start a business.

Have you started your own business? Does any of the points on this list resonate with you? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter or Facebook.

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