18 Oct

Jacqui Barrineau:

From Nick Friedman, president and CEO of College Hunks Hauling Junk.

Originally posted on VentureBeat:

Whether you’re a male or female entrepreneur, starting a company feels a lot like giving birth. You went through the planning, the pain, the emotional roller coaster of fear, excitement and anxiety and, months later, you came out of it stronger than ever.

Fast forward a year or two past the launch. Your startup is a teenager, nearly ready to step into adulthood. It has full-time employees, a 1-800 number, maybe even a blog. There’s just one problem: You’re still cutting the crusts off your startup’s sandwiches. That is, you’re still fielding phone calls from clients, working hands-on with the product, probably even writing the blog yourself. You’re babying your startup by working in the business instead of on the business.

More than likely, it’s because you’re too afraid to let go. But if you keep treating your business like a baby, it will keep acting like one — in…

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