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18 Things to Know Before You Date an Entrepreneur

By: MATTHEW TOREN

So, you want to date an entrepreneur. (This could be the name of the next big game show.) It’s a wild ride, and if you aren’t an entrepreneur yourself, you may be caught offguard by their odd habits and quirks. Don’t fret. Dating an entrepreneur is a great experience, but there are a few things you should know.

1. They read a lot about business and self-development.

Entrepreneurs rarely reach a point where they’re satisfied with their personal or professional progress. As a result, their shelves are full of innovators’ memoirs, and their online bookmarks are all links to self-development articles.

2. They sometimes have a hard time “turning off.”

There’s no “leaving your work at work” when you own a business. Instead, there are always things waiting to be done, and it’s hard not to fill bits of free time by checking off items on the to-do list. It may be a little tricky to convince your entrepreneur to spend their free time actually relaxing.

3. You’ll always wonder if this is a tax write-off.

Entrepreneurs probably enjoy more tax-deductible expenses than anyone from another profession. You’ll learn to wonder if that coffee (or a stop by a vendor during a trip) was another tax write-off for your entrepreneur.

4. They analyze almost everything to see if it’s worth their time.

Because their to-do list is never empty, the last thing an entrepreneur wants to do is waste their time on something unenjoyable or unproductive. Every item on their agenda is carefully analyzed to ensure it’s worth their time — but if they’re spending time with you, you know they truly love it.

5. They definitely don’t work a 9-to-5 schedule.

Business owners are required to fulfill a variety of roles: marketer, content creator, salesperson, leader, customer service rep. . . the list goes on and on. Their jam-packed work days rarely fit into the 9-to-5 schedules you find with other jobs, meaning your entrepreneur may stay up late with their laptop, wake at the crack of dawn to work on a business plan, or take a break in the middle of the day so the evening will be that much more productive.

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