Small business owner getting annoying advice

Things Every Business Owner Hears

2 min read • Feb 03, 2020 • Mary Kate Miller

Chances are that when you started your business, you did so because you recognized a hole in the market. No one was offering what you could offer—whether that means selling a new product, providing a higher level of service, or opening the market for a geographic area. 

Given that businesses—like snowflakes—are each unique in their own way, you’d think that the advice business owners receive would vary, too. Not the case! Whether you’re in construction, retail, restaurants, or health care, at some point, you’ve probably been on the receiving end of one of these “things every business owner hears.” 

We’ve heard it all while helping small business owners fuel their American Dream, so we put together a 3-part video series with all those cringe-worthy questions and comments. 

Do people tend to tell you that “wow, you’re so lucky” when they hear you run your own business? We bet they’re not thinking about all the mornings you’ve had to wake up at 4 o’clock to hit the ground running to keep your business afloat. 

Then there are the people who offer faux-wisdom like “I’ve heard you should never go into debt to start a business.” We can only assume those people are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle because most of us don’t have inherited wealth we can use to make our dreams come true. 

And if you’ve been minding your own business, making typical small talk at a party, only to be assaulted by the declaration, “We’re going to have a recession any day now. It’s probably not a good time to start a business,” then you definitely need the catharsis of Parts 1, 2, and 3 of “Things Every Business Owner Hears.” It’s a much better way to spend your time than arguing with that would-be Jerome Powell

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

What do you hear most often from well-intentioned family and friends?



Mary Kate Miller

Mary Kate Miller is a writer based in Chicago, IL. She specializes in covering finance (personal and business), investing, and real estate. Her mission in life is to give readers the confidence and the knowledge needed to grow their wealth by making financial topics more accessible. When she's not writing about topics like business loans, you can find her playing armchair financial advisor to the Real Housewives.