It is much more difficult to be an entrepreneur than an employee, but if entrepreneurship is in your blood, then it might be the only path for you.

Have you ever wanted to just up and quit your business? At least once a year, I wish that I could give it all up and work for someone else. As the years have gone by, though, I’ve started to notice this pattern: I usually feel most overwhelmed and stressed out just before I take a huge leap that will grow my business to the next level. The times I most want to quit are the times I know I must push forward. Sound familiar?

If you’ve ever felt this way–that sometimes you hate being an entrepreneur, but could never go back to being an employee–you’re not alone.

There are days when I flat-out HATE being an entrepreneur. I feel responsible for my business, my family, my employees, and my clients. Yes, it’s more responsibility than I should take on, and yes, I know these people are (for the most part) adults who can take care of themselves, but as the business owner, I still feel responsible. On those days, when my business feels like the biggest headache in the world, I wish I could be someone’s employee. I wish that I could go to work and not give another thought to my job when I came home. I’d do my job, get paid, and not worry about the company’s five year goals, profit and loss, or hiring and firing. It would be so much easier that way, wouldn’t it?

Let’s face it, I could quit, and so could you; we have other options. Personally, I’m way too much of a planner to be without at least three backup plans at any given time. Most of those include changing my business model, but I do keep my nursing license up-to-date so if worst came to worst, I could get a job as an RN. That’s my “in case of emergency” plan, but quite honestly, the idea feels like a giant, soul-crushing sacrifice. (By the way, I’m not at all knocking the nursing profession–I highly respect nurses–being a nurse just isn’t where my heart is.)

So why do we do it?