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I love my business as more than just a means of income. It's kind of like a child that I'm taking care of and helping grow.
Does anyone else feel that way, or have I spent too much time on my business and need to get a life?
I used to work in a factory with a manager who was a total AH and I had to do what he told me. I took a severance package in 2001 and worked very hard to build up my own little business, which now provides more for my wife and I than my job ever did.
So yes, I love my business.
And of course there have been several times that I really hated it too. :)
The "business child" is between 9 and 12.5 years old (not sure how that converts to "Internet years"), depending on when you consider the actual "birth"- registration of domain name & building content, receipt of first revenue check from the site, registration of the business entity for tax/legal purposes, or quitting the corporate world of steady paychecks.
Like others mentioned, my biggest problem is lack of social contact. I am kind of old to be going out to the clubs, much as I hate to admit it. And where I live is not exactly a bustling metropolis anyhow. This problem is yet to be resolved. It's great talking on the phone to my friends on the coasts, but it would be even better to go have coffee with them.
I spent 13 years building a very successful business, and then it went under. I was miserable for more than a couple of years, and saw a shrink. I told him that I felt as though I'd lost a child, which he said was very common. It still haunts me now, nine years later.
I appreciate your bringing a different perspective to me.
I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who is this involved with my business.
Has anyone sold their business? Is it easy to detach yourself from it when you sell it?
Nice to see I have twins out there...
FYI...Love the challenges, hate it as it gets redundant and, boring...
A little of this, a little of that. I have a minimal understanding of a hundred different areas in web design, ecommerce, SEO, graphics, etc... but a full blown expertise in nothing. As a candidate for employment, my name would be at the very bottom of everyone's list, if I even made their lists at all.
Only if you apply for the wrong position. If you make the mistake to apply as webdesigner, or graphics designer, or programmer, or SEO.
You have to apply as manager of web or IT departement.