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Most entrepreneurs are risk takers by nature. They sometimes face losing everything they invested into a startup business. When choosing this career path, you leave security as a wage earner behind as well as extra time to spend with your family, all in order to create something new. In more cases than not, entrepreneurs face a point when unfortunate events occur as a result of failed attempts at risky endeavors. It is not out of the ordinary to see depleted bank accounts, foreclosed homes and enough credit card debt to drown the typical nine-to-five employee. Lucky entrepreneurs are all too often the ones who manage to keep their marriages intact.

Further risks associated with being an entrepreneur include building a brand with no established credibility, failing to innovate or keep up with the needs of your target market, misguided marketing strategies, bad hiring decisions and the pressure to maintain a steady flow of customers. Furthermore, day-to-day challenges must be faced and decisions must be made, such as whether hiring a consultant is a good use of funds. Entrepreneurs should expect a tremendous number of bumps along the road of the unknown. In order to learn, you may have to make some mistakes, which typically entails planning on losing some money along the way.

With enough drive, however, the benefits have the potential to greatly outweigh the risks. Entrepreneurs have the privilege of building companies they believe in while reaping the fruits of their labor, which can be a very rewarding experience.

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