Let’s consider a number of advantages to entrepreneurship. One gets to be their own boss, make and break the rules, enjoy a larger portion of profits, and make executive decisions. Let’s consider some disadvantages, such as incurring most or all of losses, being responsible for worker livelihoods, owning most or all of the responsibility and stress, and so on.
Entrepreneurship, like most things in life, has its good and bad points. For some, the bad points accumulate until there are no other options but to take a bow and quit. Trying is more commendable than failing is deplorable, but the latter can be a bitter pill to swallow.
What signs signal a time to throw-in the entrepreneurial towel?
Entrepreneurship warrants risk and initial investment. The first months of a business are not expected to be prosperous. The break-even point comes sooner for some, but the devotion of personal funds into an entrepreneurial pursuit must be closely monitored.
While hope and patience helps time pass, a draining bank account does not ease anxieties. When too much of one’s personal funds are being devoted to a failing business, it’s time to quit.
Undercutting the competition is one method startups use to get more leads. However, there comes a point where it’s not good business for business revenue to be aligned with overhead, especially when one’s time and energy must be factored.
How much money is your business generating per week? Could you afford to charge more money for services? If not, think about how long it’s logical to sustain the meager growth rate. After some time, quitting may be the most practical decision.
A lot goes into operating one’s own business, including passion. Do you truly enjoy what you do? Would you do it even if you had the financial means not to work at all? When an entrepreneurial pursuit begins feeling more like a job, it may be time to quit.
Lost passion may stem from starting an entrepreneurial pursuit for the wrong reasons, such as escaping a job one dreads. Think whether you truly enjoy what you do. If so, it’s likely you’ll find some way to sustain it, because it’s really what you want to do. Otherwise, if it’s just another job, you’re likely to have lukewarm feelings about it, as you may have had regarding prior jobs.
Some people are more conservative than others. Endeavoring at entrepreneurship does take initial bravery. However, some people are more willing to take an ongoing gamble. A conservative person may begin to remember the benefits of working for others, such as medical benefits, paid vacation, structure, and a steady income.
Furthermore, entrepreneurs may have other people to consider, such as family members. A young person in their twenties, with no family, may consider taking a turn at entrepreneurship. However, a person in their late thirties, with a mortgage and family to feed, may elect to work for other people, because the pursuit seems more stable and reliable.
Getting too large too quickly is a good problem to have, but it forces one out of sole entrepreneurship, making them decide whether to sell their business model or partner with other individuals.
Getting too big does not force one to quit entrepreneurship altogether, yet it forces one to change the nature of running the business.
For example, some owners quickly realize going public with a business makes them more susceptible to the wishes of investors and the demands of producing quarterly profits. In the beginning, it was about getting to tomorrow. Success is the ultimate goal, but an entrepreneur may need to modify their initial approach as they become more profitable.
About the Author:
Gwen Stewart is a business development professional and writer for Outbounding.com on behalf of http://www.ShareFile.com. Her line of work requires she have reliable file backups as well as a solid strategy for meeting tight deadlines. Any spare time she can scrape together finds her hiking, reading and enjoying the company of great friends.