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When Chaos Moves In, and How to Conquer It: The True Story of Entrepreneurship

When Chaos Moves In, and How to Conquer It: The True Story of Entrepreneurship

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Published by: YoEmprendo on Sep 06, 2010
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hen Chao Move In,and How to Conquer It
The True Story o Entrepreneurhip Clate Mak & Sott Martineau
600,000 new small businesses will be createdin the next 12 months. By the end o the year,hal o them will have shut their doors orever.That is not okay. 
Although to some this may be nothing more than a statistical reality, it’s time we start to viewthis as an unacceptable pattern. “Until the underlying culprit o small business ailure is addressed, businesses will continueto close unnecessarily; and small business owners will continue to eel the emotional sting andnancial impact o their ailed ventures.So why do so many businesses dry up beore they’ve even had a chance to truly succeed? It hasnothing to do with a lack o customers, the economy, the competition, or bad business ideas.With a little bit o determination, each o these obstacles can be easily overcome. The real challengeis an invisible culprit that plagues small business owners through every stage o their existence—chaos.The moment an entrepreneur opens her doors or business, chaos (the greatest antagonist to anycompany) creeps in through the entrance and takes up permanent residence. No matter howmuch experience, education, resourceulness or outside assistance a new small business ownerpossesses, she is going to experience chaos.No one is exempt rom chaos. It’s an inevitable part o owning and running a company. Perhapsthat is why so ew business owners do anything about it. In most situations, chaos goes entirelyunchecked and is ree to lead small business owners down an unstable, treacherous path thatultimately ends in devastation.
Chaos Turns the Dream o Small Business OwnershipInto a Nightmare
Proponents o entrepreneurship love to celebrate the reedom and adventure o owning and runninga company. Established business owners put on a smile, perect their elevator speech about“being their own boss,” and proceed to sell you their product or service. The media tells us storyater story about the multi-million dollar opportunities grown out o a garage or dorm room.But ew people tell the true story o entrepreneurship—the story o long hours, sleepless nights,endless worry, mental and physical stress, strained amily relationships and non-existent social lie.Instead, would-be entrepreneurs buy into a dream that ew will ever achieve. Believing in a promiseo more money, more time, and reedom rom the corporate world, entrepreneurs ignore theless-than-encouraging small business statistics and take the plunge into ownership.That’s when chaos moves in.Whether you’ve owned a small business or not, you can imagine the eort required to keep acompany up and running. Every week the small business owner must make sales, ulll on productsor services, pay the bills, manage employees, deal with angry customers, update inventory, meetwith clients, nd vendors, market their business, collect outstanding balances, and read and respondto emails. In addition to all that, somehow you’ve got to stay organized.In a single day, the business owner plays every role rom salesperson to IT specialist to plumber(or when the toilets overfow).Rather than nding more time, money, and reedom as they had hoped, small business ownersend up committing everything they’ve got to their companies—becoming shackled to it.

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