Then you add in the dynamics of a small, family run operation and the problems can be compounded even more. Issues like succession, and just who in the family should be involved in the business are major concerns. And who wants to go home with the boss knowing that the 'discussion' just completed in the boardroom will be continued in the living room when you do get home?
And yet this week, communities across the country are celebrating Small Business Week, a time to recognize the importance of small businesses to our community and to our economy.
I come from a family which operated a small, family run business. My grandfather started it more than a century ago.
Running a small business required dedication. You are never really off the clock. It can really consume your entire life. Even when you retire, you can never seem to really get away from the job.
It is this dedication and commitment that is being celebrated this week in small business week. And many communities are also offering educational sessions to help those small businesses in their community.
Here in Springhill, the Chamber of Commerce is holding a session at noon today with Economic Development people from the county on resources available for small business.
I remember when I first came to Springhill, I could not buy a pair of shoelaces in the town. Today I can, and it's thanks to small business. Show the small businesses of your community you appreciate their services by supporting them with your business.
Frank Likely is a retired Anglican minister and past president of the Springhill and Area Chamber of Commerce.