I didn’t make up that title. It comes from an Entrepreneur article (found via Business Opportunities Weblog). But I had a feeling when I saw it that I knew what it was about. When I interview people for my book about people who left corporate careers and started their own businesses, I invariably ask about the impact the transition has had on their personal relationships. Eyes roll. How can you be married to a spouse or significant other and to a business at the same time? That’s the entrepreneurial curse.
It’s good to be wide-eyed about this reality. If you are single, that’s perhaps an asset, because you can dedicate 100% of your time and attention to the new business. But if you aren’t single, give a lot of thought to the potential cost to your family. The cost will be financial, at least for a while, and certainly temporal.
Some entrepreneurs have found ways to avoid the “curse”. They may have offices in their homes that allow them to be there when kids come home from school. They perhaps set up their office communications so they can operate remotely at the second home on long weekends.
It’s not part of the classic business plan, but do yourself and your loved ones a favor, and figure out ways you can continue to “have a life” while you are launching your business.