I am working like crazy today, trying to get as much done as possible. I am headed to London tomorrow, with my husband, 1 year old and 3 year old. Between getting things done at work, and getting things done at home for the trip – I feel like I haven’t stopped for the last few days.
Palo Alto Software will be exhibiting at the Business Startup Show in London, on November 2nd and 3rd. Our Managing Director, Alan Gleeson, will be speaking at the show on Business Planning. Noah, my husband will attend the show on Friday the 2nd and I will be there on Sat. So if you happen to be n the area, stop by and say hi!
Most likely I won’t post much will I am gone – between work, jet lag, and 2 very young kids I hope I am still alive when we arrive back in the US on Tuesday the 6th. Somehow I think if I am just ultra prepared – the flights will go smoothly. Noah keeps telling me that yes, we should be prepared, but that I have to deal with the fact that no 12 hour flight can EVER go smoothly with a 1 year old and a 3 year old. Sigh, I think he is right! I will let you know how it went when we get back.
I run a company that lives and breathes Entrepreneurship. Palo Alto Software creates tools for entrepreneurs and small businesses to start, grow, and succeed. I myself have been involved in 2 start-ups and have started my own business twice. I often find it interesting when people muse about running their own business one day and say “wow, I would love to be my own boss.” Little do they know…
While there is a lot to be said about running your own business, those of us who have done it, or are doing it know that we are not our own bosses. The business is your boss. You live breathe, eat your business 24 hours a day. Your children know exactly what you do, and at a very early age understand that the business is a part of the family. Your friends understand that often times you need to deal with emails, phone calls, financial worksheets, on weekend — not because your mean boss is making you, but because your livelihood depends on it. Your dinner table conversation with your spouse is 9 times out of 10, about business. While you shower, you make a mental list of all the things you need to deal with immediately when you get to the office. When the kids go to bed at night, you run down to the computer to check in on email, and try to finish up a few more things before the end of the day. And if you work with your husband, like I do, you go out to dinner, for once, without the kids, and all you do is talk about work. And all along, you LOVE IT! That is what running a business is about.
Aliza, from Work It Mom blog, wrote a great post about what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Its a great list. If you are thinking about starting your own business, read the list and think about whether you could do all of that. Running your business can be the most amazing thing, but it NEVER is easy, part time, or something to do on the side.