The thought of owning their own business is enough to make some people giddy. Dreams of kicking back by the pool with a tropical drink in hand while someone else is running the business and bringing in the cash, flitter through their mind. They know they may have to work, but most have no real feel for just how hard. The majority have no idea of just how long it may take to make a profit so that you can take a day off. The reality of owning your own business is one of long hours (even after the business closes for the day), lots of pressure (cash flow is just one thing to concern you) and emotions that run the gamut.
One of the biggest lifestyle changes is that you really can’t get away, even if you physically get away. Unless you have a manager that can make every decision when you’re gone (including how to handle any emergency) and an absolutely fail proof plan for staffing, there is just no telling what kind of problems may occur when you’re not there. Building smells like gas? There’s a shortage in the safe? The inspector just threatened to shut you down? These may be things that only you can decide upon what action to take.
Make sure that you thrive on this kind of scenario. If you can work under pressure, can stay positive in the face of any challenge, have lots of resources to help you handle problems and a support group with lots of talent, then forge ahead. Just remember that those bad days will come and hopefully there will be enough of those golden, sunny days to offset them.