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I shouldn't be allowed to have a business.

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I am not a morning person.

For the past 20 years, every single morning, I have been brought a large coffee in bed and, until I have finished that, I am not up to speaking, never mind making important business changing decisions.

Of course - if you read any business books or blogs this should mean that I can't run my own business as one of the pre-requisites of being a proper businesswoman is being up at dawn doing important stuff.

I am not a night-time person.

Most nights I am in bed by 10.30, I never do any thinking things after 9 as my brain goes mushy and, if I do go out and stay up after midnight, I am groggy for days. I always have been a girl who needs her sleep .

Of course - if you read any business books or blogs this should mean that I can't run my own business as one of the pre-requisites of being a proper businesswoman is working through the night doing important stuff.

I love tv.

One of the highlights of my day is 9 pm, curling up on the sofa with Euan and a glass of wine watching t.v. This week it is The Missing, Cold Feet, Goliath . . .

Of course - if you read any business books or blogs this should mean that I can't run my own business as one of the pre-requisites of being a proper businesswoman is giving up tv in favour of doing important stuff.

And yet I am a businesswoman, a well rested, happy, centered, thriving businesswoman. Go figure.

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I post this for all the people who could be running their own businesses, who should be running their own businesses - but who just aren't going to trade in their life for it.

Not everyone is the same - not all business owners are the same. All can be brilliant and shine . . . . just maybe not at 6am.

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Liz Weston - Hope House Press on October 26 2016 at 15:51

Really interesting take on it. I am definitely not a morning person. I struggle in the evenings as well these days though, so I just make sure that I crack on and get a lot done in the time that I am awake and with the programme!

We haven't traded in our lives to take on Hope House Press but we have definitely changed them to accommodate it - and our boys have as well. It is really important to Richard to be 'around' when they boys are home from school - if he's in the Studio, down the end of the garden that's ok with him. It means they can come down, say hello and go off again to do their own thing. Perhaps in time, what he and the boys want and need will change - that's the thing about owning your own business: the needs of the business will grow and evolve, just as the family does. Hopefully they'll continue to grow in ways that work for them both!

Jane on October 26 2016 at 13:15

Thanks Jill - I do feel that an emphasis on a certain type of restless, striving, hustling business energy (probably one that comes naturally to the authors) must put off a lot of people who would love to create a business but love their life too much to curtail it.

Jill on October 26 2016 at 13:09

Totally agree. The decision to set up our business was to get a better work-life balance than working odd shifts and long hours. Doesn't mean you don't work hard and put in extra hours when you have to but I think you need to have a life outside work so you come to each day fresh (some fresher than others!) with new ideas and raring to go.

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