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By Sanjeev Kumar
Founding Attorney

How will owning a small business impact my life?

Running a small business can prove challenging for even the most prepared new business owners.  While most small businesses will survive their first year, many fail to make it in the ensuing years.  If you are considering launching your own small business, take a look at some of the basic challenges facing small business owners below.  Contact the Austin, Texas business law attorneys at The Kumar Law Firm for assistance with forming and running your small business.

The Work of a Small Business Owner is Never Done

As a small business owner, you will have the freedom to set your own schedule, but you may be surprised to find that you could end up working more hours as your own boss than you would working for someone else.  Small business owners hold ultimate responsibility for ensuring the business operates smoothly and successfully.  As such, small business owners will often find themselves putting in long hours dealing with customers, employees, and vendors.  Anticipate that your first few months will involve lengthy hours both in the store and at home, but with wise managerial choices your schedule will likely get better over time.   

You Are the Ultimate Decision Maker

Owning a small business comes with a lot of responsibility.  As an owner, all of the big decisions involving your company are up to you.  You will need to decide what space to rent or purchase, where to invest your marketing funds, and who to hire.  The weight of these decisions can be overwhelming for new business owners.  Business owners should seek the help of an attorney for assistance with crucial business steps, including signing a lease, drafting employee agreements, and much more.

A Small Business Owner Must Wear All the Hats

Small businesses owners can rarely anticipate the wide variety of roles they will need to fulfill until after they open the business.  Small business owners will not just run the day to day business, they will also be responsible for marketing, maintaining inventory, ordering supplies, and more.  It is important not to feel bogged down by all of these various roles and to seek the outside assistance of a professional as needed.

About the Author
Sanjeev Kumar is the founder and principal at the Kumar Law Firm, which provides a wide range of legal services to entrepreneurs and business owners in the area of business & corporate law and intellectual property along with related areas of interest to clients such as business succession planning, wealth preservation through estate planning, and alternate dispute resolution.