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13 Secrets Business Owners Will Never Tell You

One of the many perks: picking who we work with.

We asked a group of small-business owners about the honest realities and misconceptions of running a company. Here's what they said.

1. There are some amazing perks to being our own boss.

2. Most of us don't have huge egos – in fact, it's probably the opposite.

3. We definitely don't have all the answers.

4. And there are awkward moments where people assume we know way more about business than we actually do.

5. We usually have no idea what to do if we make a wrong decision or if a plan falls through.

6. There's a lot of pressure on us to never make a mistake.

7. We're constantly learning on the job.

8. Running a business totally consumes our lives.

9. Not all of us have super-lavish lifestyles.

10. And other people usually assume that we have loads in the bank.

11. Running a business doesn't mean that we're constantly stressed.

12. And there are so many rewarding and fulfilling moments.

13. In short, being in charge is a wild ride.

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