According to recent research, 24 million Americans want to become their own boss by 2021, but they may not really know what they’re getting themselves into. Freshbooks collected data from more than 3,700 full-time American workers for it’s 2019 Self-Employment in America report. Many of them had recently become small-business owners or wanted to become one. It turns out many budding entrepreneurs have high expectations, but they aren’t being realistic. The data shows people anticipate better work-life balance once they start a business. They think they’ll be healthier and less stressed. At the same time, they expect to earn more money and have more career certainty. This doesn’t always happen of course. If you plan to start a business, be cautious and prepare for the reality that you may need to work harder without getting everything you thought you would. Here are some of the key ways that entrepreneurial expectations don’t always live up to reality.