Following a recent visit to the doctor’s, I’ve realised that I need to face up to a couple of harsh facts.First, the body deteriorates with age. Second, my stressful lifestyle is killing me. There must be hundreds, if not thousands, of small-business owners all over the UK just like me, fighting to keep their companies alive in the recession. And that is no easy feat. For many of us, running a business is 24/7. The biggest areas of stress when you’re the boss:
- You never know what challenges you’re going to face each day and there is often no way to prepare. You constantly feel like you don’t have enough knowledge or training. Sure, you can go on courses – but that takes money and time, which few of us can afford.
- There’s no such thing as a “job description” when you’re the boss. You have to cope with anything and everything.
- Customers with unreasonable demands. Every business has them and, when the staff can’t handle the tricky clients, guess whose desk they land on?
- Dealing with demanding suppliers or staff. No matter how much you want to yell at someone or hurl something (or somebody) across the office, you have to show restraint. Bosses are stuck between legal constraints and the obligation to stay positive.
- You’re on your own. It can be pretty lonely when the buck stops with you.
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