The Double-Edged Sword of Entrepreneurship

When it rains, it pours. When the sun is out, you feel like you should still be holding that umbrella. Working from home as a small business owner presents several unique challenges that are becoming even more commonplace as more people turn to entrepreneurship to create their own opportunities. And what results is a profound double-edged sword.

I’m writing from the perspective of a professional freelance writer, but the same conundrum easily exists across several other disciplines, from graphic design to legal consulting. The amount of work crossing your desk is rarely constant and steady; it comes in spurts and this results in an uneven working environment.

Overwhelmed With Work

On the one hand, you could get buried under what feels like far too much work. Some people will tell you that, as a business owner, this is a good problem to have. It means that you are making more money and your business is growing.

That may be true, but it does lend itself to burnout. Even if you love what you do, having too much work to do is going to be overwhelming and it takes away from having a healthy life-work balance. You’ll complain that you simply don’t have the time to handle all of it.

Guilty Without Work

If that’s the case, then you would assume that the flip side would be more appealing. When you have a lighter work load, you can have more time to relax, right? That’s the idea, but it’s oftentimes not the case.

This notion has popped up before and it’ll pop up again: because you can work at any hour of the day, you may feel that you should work at every hour of the day. After going through a deluge of work, you feel like you should take a break… but when you do, you suddenly feel like you should be doing something.

Does Balance Really Exist?

This is something that you really need to determine on your own. It is going to be an internal struggle. As a business owner, you want to grow, evolve, and be profitable. That said, you also want to have some time to yourself and to share with your family.

Grow your business and make more money, but also realize that for entrepreneurs, there really is never a “good” time to take a break. You just have to convince yourself that taking a well-deserved break is not really the same as procrastination.