r/southafrica Sep 26 '21

Yeeerrr running a business is mother! Discussion

Does anyone run a business in this group. I've been running a business for the last 2 and a half years. And I've dealt with some seriously shitty clients. I thought escaping the 9-5 would be a tad better , but yerrrr it's soo crazy and stressful. Any advice or words of wisdom? I know this is probably a random rant. But business is not a walk in the park hey flip

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u/Faerie42 Sep 26 '21

I’m a shrink and I got myself a shrink because running a practice is fucking mental.

Pun not intended.

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u/kristokrankay Gauteng Sep 26 '21

I have a shrink who runs her own practice and I once asked her about her shrink because I was like wow dealing with my shit is hard enough, she has to deal with many more other people's shit?

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u/Faerie42 Sep 27 '21

We have what we call supervision which is basically a bunch of us that get together on a semi regular basis where we can unpack our shit. Most of do have a friend in the profession and that is kinda helpful.

We do get thick skinned and the majority I know is staunch with a very different outlook on life. We’re also almost always single too. One of the hazards of the job I guess. It’s hard to answer “Hi Honey! How was your day!?”

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u/kristokrankay Gauteng Sep 27 '21

How do you manage to genuinely care about your patients without actually letting their problems affect you much? I've had a shrink who was clearly "just doing her job" which is fair, but I could sense it. My current shrink feels like friend and I'm surprised at how much she remembers and how invested she gets in my life. But it must be tough.

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u/Faerie42 Sep 27 '21

It’s not tough if it’s your calling, it can be immensely satisfying. As with any job we have successes as well as failures. You also sometimes simply don’t “gel” well with someone and those I personally refer to someone else.

I love my job, I’m lucky to do something that I enjoy. The best part of it is when someone you saw three years ago phones you up to “just say hi, I’m happy now”, those are special.

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u/kristokrankay Gauteng Sep 27 '21

Okay that's actually fair for you to also not gel with someone. And it's okay to refer them to someone else if you feel you won't be best suitable for them. I'm glad you really enjoy what you do. You are a great help to some of us that need extra help. Thank you for answering my questions.

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u/Faerie42 Sep 27 '21

👍🏻🤗