Hello all, my name is Max. I'll make this as short as possible. I need some advice and none of my friends or family even has a clue about what business owners face. I am 30 years old and I stated a business in the electronics industry about 5 years ago (basically a pawn shop for electronics). I won't get into specifics but I have been self employed for about 5 years and the business has done quite well in the last two years. Nothing special but I am on pace to earn about 100k this year after taxes...not bad for a single guy. Basically after 2 years, I really dislike working the day to day operations, customers, merchandise, negotiating et...almost to the point when my lease is up on the storefront I am tempted to just walk away. The business is payed for (no loans) and I have made all my money invested back. Took about $30-40k to start. There was a couple employees for about a year but it didn't work out well from an accounting standpoint. I am almost tempted to say I am anti employee (not the right way to look at things maybe but letting you into my mindset. It's just how I feel, as much as employees are an assent, I feel they are the biggest liability a company can have). I decided to make this into a 1 man operation when it should really be 2. If I can get over the fear of hiring, In a perfect world I would like to have this completely run by employees where I would just have to monitor a couple times daily...however that would bring the profits to about 2-4k a month instead of 8-10+. Honestly, employees are my biggest fear of owning a business. I have a hard time trusting people these days and let's be honest, it's hard to find someone who actually cares about their job that is payed under 35K a year. Problem is, this business would not be making the kind of money it does with added employee expenses. Not to mention employees are generally a pain in the rear and make life difficult (probably more difficult than it already is). I am going through some growing pains, I am not really a people person, I am professional and friendly but I really just dislike dealing directly with customers all day (more introverted). The work load is not too bad, I can handle it. The business seems to be complicating my life beyond what I like. The money is very good for a single guy so that's what keeps me doing it. Basically I started this business because I like electronics and wanted to earn a living. Now it's come to the point where I can't even stand to be around electronics anymore. I feel like this business has cost me my interest in that and just an overall quality of living. I don't seem to enjoy days like I used to and it's hard to wake up when I used to be excited in the mornings before work. It feels like I am just trapped basically. Day to day operations take up so much time I don't even have enough time to expand the business or even work on hiring at this point. To sum it up, I have come to a point in life where I have never had more money but never been unhappier. I'd give it up in a minute but the big questions looms "then what". I remember how much money and effort it took to get this business going, I don't know if I am interested in going through that again. I don't want the easy way out but starting a business one time has made me think twice about doing it again. I don't mind putting in long hours or working on new challenges but right now I feel tapped out mentally. All my creativity seems gone and the future worries me because this business is my life right now and if I get rid of it I will be back to square one. Might seem like I am whining but but advice would be greatly appreciated, most confused I have ever been in my career.