Running your own Business can be a Juggling Act

The verb “run” can mean several things. Of course it means to move physically:

I go running every morning.
I was late late so I had to run for the bus.

Managing a Business

In the phrase:

running your own business

The verb “to run” means “to manage” or “to operate”. In another sense it can mean “to govern” although it is informal.

Running a Country

Obama ran the country for two terms and then Trump took over.

This means Obama governed the country for eight years and then Trump governed after him.

“Term” refers to a period of time
Link to the Time Page.

In the US a Presidential term of office is four years. After that the is another election. The President is not allowed to govern for more than two consecutive terms.

When a candidate tries to get elected, we say:

He is running for office


He is running for President.

In this case the verb “run” is a phrasal verb:

To run for something

Business means Company


“Busy” is an adjective and when we say:

He is busy

we mean:

he has a lot to do

When we use the noun “business” it does not generally mean the quality of being busy. It has a more concrete meaning. It means a company or shop or industry or some economic activity.

Trying to make enough money to survive keeps everybody busy.


A Juggling Act is a Metaphor.

In the literal sense of the word, “a juggling act” refers to a circus act where a performer (a juggler) throws balls or hoops or other objects into the air and catches them again.

In order to be a successful juggler you have to be quick and change your focus constantly. That is why people say:

Running your own business is a juggling act.

When you manage your own business it is necessary to shift your focus constantly. You have to hire and fire people, monitor the market, organise advertising, look after quality control, find new customers, source materials, etc etc. It is hard work. It is stressful. It is time-consuming.

Running your own business is similar to a juggling act. So we say:

Running your own business is a juggling act.


Do you run your own business?
Do you own a business?
Have you ever run your own business?
Was it like a juggling act?

Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.


Follow the links and study more:

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Figurative Language – The Metaphor Page

Much of Meaning is in Context

The Work Page
Vocabulary – Carnage

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