It is projected that by 2020, 50% of Americans will be working as independent contractors. While today’s time and resources allow endless opportunities for someone to start a business, work from home, or be their own boss—it’s not all rainbows and unicorns as many perceive.
It’s hard-ass work.
Many of the benefits outweigh the hard hours, days and months, which is why so many—including myself—do it. But if you think that easy days have just come easily, let me help you.
What it takes to be an entrepreneur
You are in it for the long-haul.
Start-up businesses are not sprints. They are marathons. Kinda like parenting. If you build a $1M business overnight, chances are it will fail just as quickly. If you aren’t the biggest believer in and cheerleader of your product/service on the most stressful of days—this choice of career may not be for you.
You’re okay with being wrong.
We’re all human. We all screw up at some time or another. And some of us more than others. #slowlearners Learn from your mistakes. Figure how to better next time. Here’s the deal—if you can’t admit your mistake, face it, educate yourself, correct it, and move on …. this choice of career may not be for you.
You’re not a fan of pity parties.
Some things are going to work. Some aren’t. Did you have a launch that didn’t quite take off like a rocket—or pretty much fail? Then you are in good company. I can’t tell you one person who has struck gold every.single.time in business. The key? Don’t get stuck there. Cuss and cry for a moment if you must. Be keep going. Polish your product. Refine your messaging. Or maybe even just do a better job marketing your awesomeness. Whatever you do, do sulk in your sadness. Leaders humble themselves and continue to lead. Even when they haven’t done everything just right.
You’re okay with taking risks.
Unless you have a padded nest under you, jumping into the entrepreneurial world can be a major risk. Sure, you can spruce up that resume and go back to the 9-5. But that to make take some time. Know your risks. Calculate them well. And know what you are willing to sacrifice and what you aren’t. If you are looking for an overnight success…. this choice of career may not be for you.
Is being self-employed and a business owner for everyone? No.
And that’s totally ok.
We were all intentionally made differently. Hallelujah, right? Can you imagine if there were thousands of the same person running around on this earth? Me either. And when I think of some specific people—thank goodness.
If you are looking to start your own business, or if you aren’t finding the leverage as quickly as you had hoped and perhaps need to pivot, download this Business Action Plan. Set aside some time to truly brain dump and maybe revise your current business plan.
I’m cheering you on.