HR & Management

One in ten entrepreneurs would miss their own birthday

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01 September 2014

Showing enviable dedication, 1 in 10 business owners say they would skip their own birthdays to support their business.

survey by First Data Merchant Solutions found almost half of small-business owners would miss important occasions because they’re simply too busy.

According to the results, entrepreneurs have failed to pick children up from school (a fifth) and celebrate a romantic anniversary (11 per cent).

Some even had to skip funerals and their child being born, in dedication to the business.

32 per cent summarise that running a business is ‘exhausting,’ while 62 per cent say it’s a ‘constant challenge.’ 

Perhaps it’s something to do with a failure to delegate. 37 per cent of respondents say they hate handing over control to employees, and almost half feared staff would make mistakes if given the reins.

They then struggle to deal with the necessary time pressures.

Related: 5 tips for effective delegation

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