I’ve poured every work hour and much more into my startup in the past year. I don’t have much of a social life anymore. I’m not able to commit the requisite time for a romantic relationship. I’ve even had to cancel a trip home to see my parents. I love my idea and business but it has turned me into a work zombie and I don’t think I want to do another year(s) of this. Right now it just isn’t feasible to hire others to take some of the load off of my shoulders. If that’s the case, how do I make this job less toxic to my personal life?
Welcome to our world. The answer is that you don't. At best it is a tentative hold on relationships and "the real world". A real entrepreneur- not the self addgrandizing cocktail and singles bar versions- is a calling. We have no clue what makes it occur but it is what it is. If you want a balanced, rich, life fulfilled by contact with family and friends, do not do a startup.