The Hardest Things About Running Your Own Business

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Do you dream of running your own business? Let’s take some tips from the construction industry which may work for you.

Taking your career to the next level, running your own business and breaking out on your own in the construction industry may have been a dream for you forever.

But while you’ve got stars in your eyes and you think about the good things, you need to also face the realities of the bad when running your own business.

There are plenty of positive articles out there that tell you all about drumming up revenue and breaking into the industry in a big way, and all those things can happen for you with a lot of hard work.

However, if you ask any small business entrepreneur what the difficulties are, you’ll get a lot of real answers from real people who are working around the clock to make their business a success.

You can’t just open a business and sit back on your laurels. It takes a lot of work to get to a point where you can allow someone else to take over the everyday running of the business you dreamed about.

 

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Going from a contractor who works for a construction firm to running your own business is a big deal, so think carefully!

With the challenges in business being as prevalent as the rewards, you should know exactly what you are getting yourself in for when you break out on your own.

So, we’ve listed for you some of the toughest things about running your own business.

 

The Transition

Going from an entrepreneur to a business owner is a tough one. There is always a big difference between starting your own business from scratch and taking the leap to running an already existing business.

A small business owner has to quickly switch from growing an idea to running a marketing campaign, branding, managing finances and customer service.

You go from being a 9-5 person to working around the clock to make sure all your plates are spinning in sync.

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Bossing It

Being your own boss is something that can be difficult to get used to.

Answering to someone else may have pushed you to be your own boss, but there’s a chance that the responsibility could make you feel quite overwhelmed.

When you take the reins of an entire company, you sacrifice pieces of your personal life to make it work.

 

Hiring

You’ve been a contractor for a building company for a while, so you know the ins and outs of how you want people to treat you as an employee.

When you are dabbling in construction recruitment, it could be worth bringing in an outside agency to help you with your hiring process.

Delegating to the right staff is a challenge, especially when you’ve been the employee before. You want smart, dedicated staff to work for you and it’s up to you to lead them in the right way so that you gain respect.

You have to motivate people, resolve conflicts, efficiently delegate tasks and be on top of the messy details. This isn’t easy to manage, especially if you are new to running your own business.

 

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The Bigger Picture

Running a business is a minefield. There are so many of the smaller details that it can be hard to keep up with the bigger picture and the real goals of your business.

You have to be able to develop a vision for your company’s future beyond the goals on your business plan. It’s an essential part of your long-term success as a business owner.

The daily tasks, the mundane tasks and even the exciting ones can make you take your eye off the ball sometimes, and it’s imperative that you keep your eye on it at all times!

 

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Leading

Taking yourself out f the mindset that you need to do everything yourself to get it done right is hard!

Delegating to others and letting them take some control of certain areas of your business is tough when you’ve spent so long doing things yourself in your own way.

However, a part of being a good leader is allowing others to have a hand in their own team.

Marketing managers need guidance, not an iron fist, and you have to be able to give a little to get a lot back.

 

Motivation

One of the biggest challenges of being a business owner is motivating yourself to get up and go and keep the business running.

You work long hours, including evenings and weekends, and all your energy and health goes into your business.

It’s tough and chances are that there is no one around to thank you for all your hard work. You have to keep your eyes on the prize of the rewards to come if you can keep things running.

 

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Risk

Every single new business involves an element of risk and you have to put your neck, your cash and your reputation on the line with a new company, especially in construction.

Not everyone has the guts for this role, and you have to remind yourself that you wouldn’t be where you are right now if you didn’t have a little grit.

Believing in yourself may be a huge challenge, but it’s one that you should take on and confront the risks ahead.

 

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Balance

Finding a balance with your personal life when you begin running your own business is a huge challenge. Working around the clock to make a business a success does mean sacrificing your family sometimes.

But then you have to remember that those sacrifices that you make early on to get to success will mean big things for your family in the long run.

The demands of business often keep you from enjoying life but having the right people and knowing how to relinquish a little control is what you need to get you that balance.

A business in any industry is a challenge, but going from a contractor working for someone else, to being a leader in construction?

That’s the Great Wall. You can do it with a little self-belief and a lot of hard work to get you there!

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