This is balance

There will always be times when, as a business owner, you will have to work incredibly and unreasonably hard in the short term. Being reliable is important, getting things done matters. However, the aim of self-employment for most of us was to free ourselves from the demands of a 9 to 5. We squander that freedom when we start to surround ourselves with rules and demands upon our own time. Worse, we squander the chances we have to make real and lasting connections with those around us.

Source: On Being King of a Shrinking Castle · An A List Apart Column

If you are thinking of starting a business so that you can own that freedom you always wanted. You are dead wrong. In fact, starting a business takes up more time than you can think of. I’m not talking about big startup kind of business, even lifestyle businesses. The reason is simple, once you have the freedom to choose what you want to do, you spent all your time on it, i.e. Planning your business. You will miss dinner with friends , sometimes even family. Discipline is the key, we as self-employed need to give ample time for our business and also our personal life. This is balance.