Building a company from scratch and running it is not a romantic exercise. It is, in fact, a very stressful exercise. It does not take much of an effort to slip in to the stereotyped entrepreneur’s lifestyle. Work-work-work… It is fun-fun-fun to begin with, but soon there are indifferent vendors, careless accountants, not-so-dependable infrastructure and demanding customers. And there would be lots of stress-stress-stress… If you are doing a start-up in India and are serious about it, the likelihood of a quick exit is very small. Which means, you are in it for a decently long time to come.
And when it is a couple as the partners in the business, the effect is not doubled, but quadrupled or even goes exponential. There is no going back home at the end of the day and relaxing. You might end up going to bed discussing an unhappy customer.
This stress can take a toll on a lot of things, most importantly your health – physical and mental.
So, what is the way out? Like most good questions, this one also does not have any one very good answer. The first thing is to recognize that this can happen. And even if as a devoted entrepreneur you want to give it all you have, take a step back. Because its a long race that you have to survive and win. It helps if at least one of the partners can get cool about things. It might also help to just drop the work over a weekend, switch off the phone and go away somewhere. Sometimes, addressing the stress can lead you to realize that you are trying to do some of the things which you should rather drop. They may be bringing more stress than money! Focusing can help the business as well as the entrepreneur’s personal life.
If nothing else works, you might also have to take a decision of letting one partner go (from the business, of course) to maintain sanity. Although this is not the solution one should immediately jump to, but it need not be a strict no-no either.
Are you a ‘couple entrepreneur’ or know someone who is? Do you have any suggestions for warding off the 24/7 stress it can generate? Leave your comments.