I owned a deli,restaurant,catering bizz and cafe..
I had them for 7 year and all that kept me going was my love of cooking,great pasta, and my faithful customers who loved my food..
even though business was very good and I had a good cash flow every year I would basically break even with just enuff to support my 3 kid and the house morgage..at least we could eat for free..LOL..
80 hour weeks...yup!!!
what kills you is your overhead,rent,workmans comp,insurance,added appliances,taxes,and the list goes on and on and on..
even if you're frugal like I was forget about making it rich..it will never happen unless you're lucky enuff to open a chain or have a gimmick..
what all comes down to is if you love what you do and are happy making a minimal wage being your own boss..
after 7 years I had had it with the preasure..I went back to work for the place I'd worked for for 12 years..got back into the rest.union with health benifits,great pay with no more employie headaches ,working a normal 40 hour week and still doing what I love best..COOKING..