Entrepreneurs are complicated people. They are ambitious, creative, smart, extremely goal-oriented and often very successful. In an ideal world, entrepreneurs would have all the qualities one would look for in a partner. In reality, however, while exciting, dating an entrepreneur can be challenging. It's especially hard if you do not understand them or know what to expect when getting involved with them. Here are a few things you need to know before you date an entrepreneur.
They Read A lot
Always trying to improve themselves, entrepreneurs are avid readers. If you take a look inside an entrepreneur's apartment, I guarantee you there will be a bookshelf or two laden with books. They read a lot. They especially enjoy books that aid in self-development and ones written by other successful entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are motivated by other entrepreneurs and the stories that they tell as well as the advice they often share through their books. Their love of reading means they are always learning and are often willing to share their knowledge. If you decide to date an entrepreneur, be prepared to learn something new every day.
They Have Long Working Hours
While dating an entrepreneur you will eventually realize that they hardly sleep, and they never really stop working. The 9-5 schedule that most of us know and sometimes enjoy does not exist in their world. Entrepreneurs are big on networking and depending on what they do, they will have clients and associates in different time zones. This means that at any time they may need to jump on a call or participate in a Zoom meeting. At other times they are tweaking ideas, testing theories and coming up with new ways to improve their business. They often struggle with balancing work and their social life, the latter usually being the one that suffers.
Their Mood Changes Frequently
Dating an entrepreneur could be a bit like riding an emotional rollercoaster. They can be happy and excited about something at one moment and disappointed and frustrated at the next. This comes with the territory of owning a business. Entrepreneurs often have an emotional attachment to their business and they thrive on its success. Small victories are celebrated and losses are mourned and met with increased determination towards resolving the issues. As the partner of an entrepreneur, it is easy to think that the fluctuating emotions are directed towards you, but more often than not the changes have nothing to do with your or the relationship.
They Are Great at Surprises
Since entrepreneurs are not bound by the limitations of a 9-5 job their workday may be longer or shorter depending on how they structure their day. As a result, their free time will also be irregular. Should you decide to date an entrepreneur, be prepared to have random date nights. At a moment's notice, you can be whisked away to a spectacular location for some much-needed quality time. An entrepreneur may unavoidably miss a few special events and they tend to make up for this by showering their SO with gifts or unplanned adventures. This is especially true when their work takes them outside of the country. Their work will often keep them away from you so when they do find the time, they will go the extra mile to make sure it is special and memorable for you.
They'll Sometimes Need Their Space
Entrepreneurs occasionally need their alone time. The fact isn't that they do not enjoy having you around, they just need solitude sometimes. There are several factors that may contribute to this. They may need to be alone to refuel. Their work sometimes keeps them going for days without adequate sleep. As a result, when they get some time to spare they use it to catch up on much-needed rest. An entrepreneur's brain is always working. As they come up with new ideas, they may need time away from all the distractions around them. This allows them to think clearly and so the ideas will flow freely. While dating an entrepreneur, you will realize over time that their desire for solitude doesn't mean they want to be away from you. You will also learn to make the most of the time apart.
They Need Your Support
You rarely see or hear of a successful entrepreneur without a supportive spouse. Your support means the world to them. Having your support motivates them to work harder in order to fulfil their promises to you. Being supportive isn't limited to celebrating their wins and comforting them through the losses. You can support your partner by being understanding when they don't come home early or when they have to miss an event. Another means of showing your support is by exercising patience. Chances are your partner might not be at the pinnacle of their career, but they are working assiduously towards achieving that goal. Do not expect things to happen overnight, it may take months or even years to get there. If you are willing to continuously be there for them, even at their lowest, you will eventually be able to reap the rewards as they won’t forget your support.
You'll Mean More to Them Than You Think
An entrepreneur's lifestyle often makes it hard for them to maintain a stable relationship. Not a lot of people are willing to stick around when they realize the hard work and patience that is sometimes required. Most entrepreneurs know this and when they find someone willing to put up with all that comes with the relationship best believe you will be cherished beyond compare. An entrepreneur recognizes when they have found a good thing and they will do all they can to keep you in their life. It may not always seem that way but it's true.
Dating an entrepreneur can be an amazing and fulfilling experience or it can be an awful one. Starting a business is a huge step and it requires time and hard work. Many entrepreneurs avoid relationships because their business often takes precedent over everything else. The few that do get into relationships struggle to find the right balance between their business and their relationship. If you decide to date an entrepreneur you must be ready to support them, be patient with them and help them to find the perfect balance.
Have you ever dated an entrepreneur? Share your experiences in the comments below.
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Interesting post! So relatable!
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Also, we’re online a LOT… like a WHOLE LOT. lol
Agreed lol, this is so true
Thank you so much!
Interesting post! You bring up a lot of good points
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Very insightful points that are so true! Awesome post! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much! I’m happy you enjoyed it.
As an entrepreneur, I completely agree with this! 🙂
Thank you! I’m happy to hear that
I guess I’m a weirdo since I got my 9-5 job, but my work is bit more fluid than typical 9-5 job – I can do lots of stuff during my working hours and sometimes I need to do something at night, but I have to admit for me it was irritating when someone didn’t respect that I might work in different hours than they do – I didn’t call them when they were at work because I feel lonely etc.
Lol you are not a weirdo. But I imagine it would be frustrating being with someone who wasn’t understanding where your work schedule is concerned. Thanks for reading!
So much truth! I’m currently feeling the “their mood changes frequently” part on my end, but thankfully my husband understands I’m under a lot of stress and pressure as an entrepreneur and helps out when possible. Thank you for sharing, Kimberly. 🙂
It’s amazing when you have the right partner as an entrepreneur. I know firsthand that his support and understanding mean a lot to you. Thank you for reading!
I thought i was the only one who acted like this. I feel bad now lol but at least im aware of my actions now to know i may be a bit difficult sometimes and i can work on that. Great Post
Lol, I definitely don’t want you to feel bad, that’s just how you are as an entrepreneur. As you said you can work on some aspects but at the same time knowing this makes it easier for your partner to understand you, especially if they are not entrepreneurs themselves. Thanks for stopping by!
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I’m dating one right now and he has such a hard time separating life and work but we are getting better since we had our son :).
I’m really happy to hear this, thanks for reading!
I relate to this so much!
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Actually, this article is really interesting and I think you observed it better.
Thanks for this deep observation.
Well, I’m also an entrepreneur, but at this time, I’m not much successful, so I’m trying to be successful harder and harder.
Thanks for this article.
Thanks for reading! Keep at it, one day all your hard work will pay off.
Great post! It’s so important to remember all the roles and responsibilities an entrepreneur has and to remember patience. It’s challenging for both parties but can be very successful!
I completely agree, thank you for reading!
So true! My husband should have read this before we got married so that he would have a bit of a heads up.
Haha, I’m certain he has figured it out. Thank you for reading!
Yes to needing space and more time. 🙂
Lol, thanks for reading!
I felt every ounce of this post and will add that the entrepreneur’s situation is compounded if they also have a full time job. It takes a truly strong person to date an entrepreneur, but it is usually worth it if both parties communicate openly and work together.
I didn’t even think of this but it is a great point. Thanks for stopping by!
These are 100% facts. Being an entrepreneur myself, I can say without a doubt, that having a partner that is patient, understanding, and supportive means the world to me. Great article Kimberley.
I absolutely LOVE this post with a passion! I’m an entrepreneur in the making AGAIN. I had a successful blog once and sold it in 2016 like a dumb idiot. However, I’m slowly crawling my way back to that success again with this blog in between work, kids, and having a personal life. My husband does all of these things and more. I couldn’t do it without his love and support. I think every person who is in a relationship with an entrepreneur needs to read this whether they are married or dating someone.
It’s really great when you have a partner who is understanding and supportive. I believe it makes it easier for both parties to grow and achieve their goals. Thank you for reading!
I dated an entrepreneur for a long time before we finally got married… (He’s still an entrepreneur.) These are definitely true!
That must be amazing. Thanks for reading!