So, what are your answers looking like?
There’s no magic formula here, just a handful of honest, inward focused questions. There may be a few here that resonate with you, but none of them are too much of a problem right now and are nothing you can’t deal with. After all, work is only work and everything is fitting in fine right now. That’s superb – well done!
Keep the above to hand and revisit it occasionally. See if things change at all. Maybe even monitor it over time? In answering these questions honestly and externalising them by writing them down, you can get a sense of perspective on your work/life balance and how it is affecting you. The secret here though is to be totally honest with yourself.
Okay, do you have some 4’s and 5’s next to the statements? The ‘a heck of a lot’ answers? It may be that just one point resonates so much with you that that is enough of a reason to start your own business. If your answers seem to be fitting in to this bracket, then you may be able to resolve these problems by reading on. You may be able to sort them out easier, quicker and for a lot less financial cost than you would think.
One final thing before we move on, see if you answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions. Again, be totally honest with yourself...
If you answer yes, this time to any of the questions above, then you may need to think hard about whether setting up and running your own business (whether a dog grooming franchise or otherwise) is something that can be realistically achieved. We’re not suggesting you must give up all of your spare time and the things that you like doing, but you should be prepared for sacrifice in some form.