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Things You Don't Hear When Starting a Business

By Aaron Hughes on October 19, 2022

During the past few years there's been an increase in people looking to break out of the daily grind and aim for something greater for themselves by starting a business. While this can be a great thing, there are a lot of things people don't tell you so they can get extra clicks on their own content by promising exciting, fun experiences and huge paydays.

It's all You

Believe it or not, when you decide to startup your own business it's all going to fall on you. While some do great with this type of pressure, others may have difficulty separating themselves from these responsibilities. Be prepared to face those things that you avoided because they made you uncomfortable when you used to work for a company.

No Big Payday

Contrary to what you might see or read on social media, don't expect a big payday when you startup. Properly starting up a business can be a slow and meticulous thing, and should take some serious time to build correctly. Many skip through the early steps of business startup and later need to back pedal to fix what was skipped, ultimately taking longer than it originally should have.


Yeah, forget what you know about how a vacation works when you worked for a company. Starting a business that you're at the centre of requires you to be available 24/7 if need be. Taking a vacation means everything stops, including money. You also ain't getting that wonderful "vacation pay" anymore.

Banks Love You

Just kidding, they actually don't. Banks prefer to work with those in established businesses because of the perceived "risk". So if you're planning to move on from being employed and into self-employment be prepared to provide 2 full years of T1 tax reports with your business before any lending occurs.

People aren't as Successful as you think

Even though it may look it, startup business that show off aren't as successful as they look. People on social media only like to show the positive things in their life and rarely do we see those who are starting a business "show off" the negative things about the experience or what they've sacrificed to make things happen. If you're starting a business, don't compare your business to others thinking you're less successful because it may be the other way around!

You're Gonna Learn

Typically when starting a business, you'll have limited employees, maybe just you and another. This means you'll be doing multiple roles in the business to make sure things get done. Be prepared to jump in ready to learn fast. Being responsible for every role and learning the workflow and how much time goes into everything means you'll become a master of your own business and learn more than working for a company possibly ever could.

True Success Takes Time

No one likes to hear it, but starting a business is gonna take some time. Get excited about the idea of nurturing your new business and spending those extra hours on building up your skills and sustainable business ideas to set your business up for greatness. Anything great and long lasting is going to take take and a solid foundation to build off of for a stronger and healthier future.

young woman working on starting a business restoring chairs
Starting a new business takes some elbow grease too.

Pride and Reward

Learning new skills and spending all those extra hours away from more interesting things can seem like a negative thing. Starting a business that you're passionate and proud of allows you to carry these extra burdens with pride knowing there's huge reward around each corner of any project completion, proposal approval new customer, product sale, etc.

You made that happen, and you should be proud.