Sustaining a social life, taking break day for holidays and relationship are among the many hardest issues about beginning your personal enterprise, a research has discovered.

Establishing what you are promoting within the market, working weekends and believing in your self additionally appeared among the many challenges when lastly making the choice to ‘exit by yourself’.

The worry of failing, not having as a lot disposable earnings, managing funds and having the ability to drive the recruitment for his or her enterprise additionally proved tough for most of the 500 entrepreneurs polled.

The research was commissioned by Virgin Cash to rejoice the launch of their SME financial savings account) to assist younger companies thrive.


Hugh Chater, Chief Business Officer at Virgin Cash stated:

From start-up, to scaling up after which staying forward, there’s nothing straightforward about working your personal enterprise.

Balancing the books, the relentless admin, sorting issues that come out of left discipline and discovering steadiness in on a regular basis life – are simply among the challenges for a lot of SME house owners.

What actually shines by from our analysis nevertheless, is that the liberty and fulfilment of working and rising your personal enterprise outweighs any trials and tribulations confronted.

Finally, laborious work delivers its personal satisfaction, enjoyment and reward and 98 per cent of people that run their very own enterprise stated they wouldn’t have it every other means.


One entrepreneur confessed the toughest factor about flying solo was getting your folks to know why you couldn’t come out for dinner.

Others defined how they risked all of it to surrender a well-paid, protected job to enterprise into the unknown.

Almost one-fifth of these polled stated they labored a minimal of 13-hours day-after-day of their first yr of organising their enterprise, with seven per cent slaving away for 16 hours or extra day-after-day.

Researchers additionally discovered over half of SME’s funded their companies themselves, with 46 per cent sourcing their capital by different means in an effort to get off the bottom.

Financial institution loans, redundancy funds and monetary help from members of the family had been the most well-liked sources for added funding.

The research additionally discovered start-ups want a mean of £16,309 in an effort to take-off, with a mean lack of £9,420 within the first yr for these within the purple.

Nonetheless, over half imagine that arduous work does repay, with many seeing earnings of practically £7,000 of their first yr of launching.

It’s no shock plenty of enterprise house owners are reaping rewards inside their first yr, with half stating they wanted recommendation when beginning their firm.


Greater than 1 / 4 requested for the experience from one other entrepreneur, with an equal share getting perception from the financial institution or a pal.

And three in 10 wished they at all times had somebody available to go to for monetary recommendation when launching their enterprise.

Regardless of the bulk agreeing that beginning a enterprise is not any straightforward feat; ninety-eight per cent agreed they get pleasure from having their very own enterprise.

Being accountable for your profession, increasing your community and constructing your character additionally featured as advantages of ranging from scratch.


Hugh Chater added:

Whereas it may be tough organising your personal enterprise, it’s nice to see the enjoyment and rewards that may come to those that are profitable.

With many SME house owners not having time to buy round for the perfect offers for his or her funds, Virgin Cash is dedicated to supporting small companies earn a horny return on their financial savings.

If there’s something that’s value not beginning a enterprise over it’s a social life. See you all on the bar.

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