Being your own boss in your business may seem appealing because of the freedom to make your own hours, but in reality business owners are notorious for working long hours.
Business owners work an estimated 60 hours a week, according to Inc.
However, a UK study revealed that entrepreneurs worked about 52 hours a week on average, or 63 percent longer than other workers, Real Business reported
Not all entrepreneurs work their long hours at once, however. Many choose to split their work into shifts.
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“During the week, I’ll work 6:30 am-5 pm and 6-10 pm (travel time in between). On the weekends, I’ll check my email here and there, and work during my daughter’s three-hour naps,” Len Gauger, CEO of Message Blocks, an online even management system, told Tech.co
Blaine Vess, CEO of online learning tool system StudyMode, has a similar shift methodology. “I usually work from home from 9 am-10 am, and then at the office from 10 am-7 pm. I’ll go out to dinner and then work from 10 pm-2 am, depending on workload,” Vess told Tech.co.
Still, other entrepreneurs admit to working around-the-clock.
“The life of an entrepreneur is never ending. Initially it felt like 24/7, now I’m down to 7 am-7 pm for the most part,” Laura Meck, Small Business Secret Weapon Company managing partner said.
However, many doubt the actual merits of a workweek over 40 hours. Studies during the past 75 years have shown that beyond hour eight of work, people are much less likely to be productive, reported Salon
. While overtime and working extended hours can be temporarily productive, regularly working too many hours may not be as effective as business owners think.
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Rather than overexerting themselves by working too many hours, entrepreneurs could be better off working fewer hours and managing their time better. Sleep patterns are essential to productivity so it is important to determine whether an individual is a morning person, night owl, or neither, Inc. reported. By figuring out which work hours are best, entrepreneurs may be able to cut back on hours without cutting back on productivity.
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