Deciding the number of working hours to do per week?


After reading couple of work-life & time management questions, I'd like to ask, how much did you work, especially in the beginning (hours per week).

I've been making preparations in the evenings/nights for longer time beside my day-work, so working a lot will do. However, it is very difficult to believe that every startup requires very long hours continually because of different business models and requirements. (E.g. some may have possibility to delegate. Or it may be the case that business model is clear and ambition is moderate.)

Did you decide beforehand, how many hours is enough?

Work Life Entrepreneurs Time Management

asked Aug 5 '13 at 21:23
113 points
Get up to $750K in working capital to finance your business: Clarify Capital Business Loans
  • It doesn't matter what you decide - it will all go out the window. You need to do what needs to be done even if that means working 18 hour days. – Bhttoan 10 years ago
  • I agree with @Jason and I think this is a pointless question, as if you are serious about your business, you'll do whatever needs to be done. You don't really get to choose and if you think that, it is probably just some internal justification for laziness or perhaps a manifestation of fear. Harsh, but fair IMHO, YMMV, etc. – Steve Jones 10 years ago
  • Sure, and in addition to laziness and fear, I have recognized some other fealings. But I cannot escape thinking that bad planning would be an excuse to failing, e.g. promising too much too soon. – Gspia 10 years ago

2 Answers


If you are the owner of the business then the buck stops with you. So, whatever happens, whatever short falls you have in terms of resources it will always come down to you to plug the holes which is why Jason commented as he did.

The amount of start-up capital you have also plays a huge role here. The more you have the more you can delegate/out source because you can afford to.

Without capital you only have two other options in the equation:

  1. Accept that it will take a lot longer to get your business to grow.
  2. Accept that if you want things to happen faster you'll have to put in more hours.

From the sounds of it you might be considering starting a business where some kind of service is what you'll offer. ? If that's the case, one point that Gerber (E-Myth) makes is that of discerning between being the business owner and being the one who does the work. These models where you basically offer your hours as a service very often end up taking up large chunks of your personal life!

answered Aug 7 '13 at 22:49
146 points
  • One obstacle I find difficult is the question you raise on business models, since I believe I could end up being both. – Gspia 10 years ago


I think it helps to think about what work you'll do yourself and what work you'll consider sourcing through other people. At least if you're working a day job, you should have some money coming in to pay other people to do some work.

It's hard doing too much in the evenings after a full-time day job.

answered Aug 6 '13 at 05:20
Neil Cav
1 point
  • I agree, it takes long time to accomplish something. At the moment, keeping the day job is a way to finance things and not take all the risks at once. (Somehow, I wasn't able to accept this and the answer given by Jacques.) – Gspia 10 years ago

Your Answer

  • Bold
  • Italic
  • • Bullets
  • 1. Numbers
  • Quote
Not the answer you're looking for? Ask your own question or browse other questions in these topics:

Work Life Entrepreneurs Time Management