One of the funny things about being an entrepreneur is that you start your own business to get away from the daily grind of your old job, only to find that you are working a whole lot harder than ever to be a success. Thank goodness being an entrepreneur can be such a rewarding thing for so many people. Obviously, they really love what they are doing, or they would not be willing to put so much work into it. If you are a small business owner, you know exactly what we are talking about here. If you have always thought about being an entrepreneur but have wondered how difficult it really is, here are a few of the realities about small business ownership:

- You really are on your own: When you are an entrepreneur, you have to do pretty much everything yourself, at least in the beginning. And, not only do you have to work hard on your own, you have to be able to provide work for others as well. Few others are going to really understand what you are all about and why you are working so hard, and you really will be on your own.

- It isn't an easy job: Before you even get started, know that you are in for a lot of hard work. But, if you do things right, in the end, you are going to be rewarded for all of your hard work. While you are in the midst of this hard work, you are going to find that you are learning all kinds of new things, and that you are actually really enjoying yourself, because you know that all of your work is going to be worth it in the end.

- It's like having a baby around: When you own a business, there are always going to be little things, and big things, that you have to take care of, just the same as if you had a baby around. In the beginning, a business is just like a newborn, because you need to be there constantly to take care of things. Over the years, it is never going to be very far from your mind, just like a child. You may become obsessed with your business, but that is what it takes to be successful.

- You have your freedom: When you are an entrepreneur, you do not have to answer to anyone else (except maybe creditors). You will have the freedom to make decisions that you would not have been able to do when you were simply someone's employee. You can manage your business in whatever way you see fit, and will not have to answer to anyone. Of course, when you make any mistakes, they are totally your responsibility. But, you don't have to ask permission for anything, including a day off when you want one.

- You will have no life: If you truly want your business to be a success, it is going to have to be all-consuming (for a while atleast). You will not have much of a life, and it is a job that is never going to end. If you have employees, you will have even more responsibilities to worry about. Even with the worries though, being an entrepreneur is something that is a truly rewarding experience for many, and not one that you should miss out on if it is something you are interested in doing.

Author's Bio: 

Andrew McCombe is the owner of Activate Your Business where they teach new and existing business owners to Start, Grow and / or Automate their business(es) with EASE, so they can live a life of EASE. For more information visit http://www.activateyourbusiness.com.au