Raise your hands if you have EVER thought about investing in your own business and becoming your own boss?
So I have been there as well. Actually I kind of still there. Since I decided to invest in having my own company I never really stopped to figure out my branding as deep as I should. I would go around 'I don't want to work for anyone else in my life' or 'I want to be able to travel and have my own routine'. Who doesn't, right?
But the thing is, having a business means that you will work more than ever, you will not have a fixed schedule, and so many different things are gonna show up from nowhere and you will feel lost and exhausted so many times. Having a business is one of the biggest challenges in my life, and here's why:
1. I am F R E E
Yes, this is one of the most challenging things in my entrepreneurship path. When you have a boss or an office to leave your house, a team... this not only can inspire and motivate you but, also, keep you on track.
Being your own boss means that you still have many tasks on your list, but you are also the one responsible for checking them and demanding the deadline. If you are not disciplined enough, the freedom will, pretty soon, become your enemy, and you will be procrastinating many important things on a daily basis.
2. No paid vacations
If the company is yours, it also means that somehow, the money invested came from you (or, in case of a loan, you will need to pay it back soon). The cost for the website, employees, designers, transportations, meeting. If you feel you are not good with social media, you need to hire someone to do the work for you. If you don't produce, you need to invest in the product from another person/company. Time is money, and your vacation will never be just a vacation anymore. It is your responsibility, at least while the company is growing, to check very closely how everything is working and what needs to be changed or not.
3. You work harder
Since this is your business, you need to keep the energy flowing. Having this said, even when you have employees you can't just leave for a long weekend and forget about your business. Or get home after work and turn off your phone. You will work harder, and longer. Work, network, creative projects a l l t h e t i m e.
Overall, you will develop your freedom with time. Once your company starts growing and not needing you to watch it 24/7, it will be the harvest time. Your schedule will be more relaxed, your incoming will grow, and maybe you will be able to travel whenever you desire. Just understand that this won't happen in days or months, but with consistent work, this will soon be your reality.
Let me know: have you thought about it before? Or being an entrepreneur was your perfect dream?