“I hate my business!”
That’s what I hear periodically when I talk with Contractors. And to me that is sad. But, I get it.
For many, the business they started didn’t turn out the way they planned when they took that big leap and typically left a secure paying job as an employee to go for the brass ring as an owner. It seemed like it would be easier.
The most common complaints I hear are:
1. “This business is making me go broke. I have to keep putting in my own hard-earned savings, borrowed money or what I had hoped would be my retirement money to keep things going and nothing positive seems to happen.”
2. “I work all day and when I get home there’s more work to do. Things like billing, returning calls, putting together bids and a whole lot more than I realized. The day never ends.”
3. “I can’t do at 60 years of age what I did when I was 50 years old let alone what I did in my 20s, 30s and 40s. So, what do I do now?”
4. “I can’t stop working or there’s no business. Heaven forbid I get hurt or sick. It’s scary.”
5. “My employees are infuriating. They act like they’re the owner and I’m their employee.”
Yes, business can be hard. But, it doesn’t have to be.