Understand the Sacrifices Before Launching a Start-Up

February 24th, 2014 / No Comments »

By Frederic Kerrest 

Making the decision to found your own business is a life-altering experience. Of course, it’s what comes after that breakthrough moment – how unique the idea, how quickly you move, how you continue to innovate – that ultimately separates the wheat from the chaff.  

And whether you’re in the culinary arts, book publishing or cloud technology, when you become an entrepreneur, work-life balance becomes a thing of the past. Your work must subsume your life if you want any shot of making it big.

There’s a reason why many compare starting a technology company to having a baby. In doing both, you’ll need to make sacrifices. You’ll inevitably miss important commitments. You’ll pull many all-nighters. You’ll be stretched past your limit. The most important thing is that you need to be okay with those changes – and internalize them before their force becomes overwhelming. What’s more, your family and those immediately surrounding you must also be onboard. In most cases, you’re risking everything you have for your idea, and they need to be prepared to support you and do whatever it takes to allow your idea to reach its potential.

There’s no sugarcoating it. It’s not easy. However, if you get in the right mindset and surround yourselves with the right people, venturing out on your own is also one of the most rewarding things you can do in life…….