Living in a digitized world, it’s easy to become fascinated with the thought of becoming an entrepreneur. If becoming an entrepreneur is a dream of yours, I highly suggest you read this full article before you make that jump.
People often tell me how inspired they are by watching my 8-year entrepreneurial journey. At times when I hear these compliments, I’m not sure how to receive them because my bank account is low, or I’m dealing with a dissatisfied client who I only booked for the money, knowing they weren’t a great fit.
Truth be told, there is a dark side to entrepreneurship—and working a 9-to-5 can help you handle these difficult situations.
My entrepreneurial journey as a wedding and event planner would not be as successful without the experience of serving others. Prior to launching my business, I worked as a social worker for many years. And a number of my first clients were fellow co-workers and classmates from college who recognized my strong work ethic. Those long and challenging days prepared me for entrepreneurship.
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I know how amazing it feels when you leave your job to pursue your dream. There is freedom, a sense of satisfaction, and many other great opportunities. But today we are not going to focus on that. Today, I want to share the darker side. I want to share the main two challenges and problems I wish I knew before beginning my entrepreneurial journey.
Build the grit you need in the workplace
Remember that time you were in a company staff meeting and you knew that marketing plan wouldn’t speak to your clientele? So you voiced your opinion and a logical alternative plan?
As an entrepreneur, you will face many situations that always make you wonder if you made the right decision or not. Especially if your income doesn’t reflect your expectations.
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Self- doubt can influence your decisions as an entrepreneur.
Focus and Prioritization Are Key
As an entrepreneur, time management is key to your overall success. Self-discipline is also important because you have no boss checking your timesheets or productivity sheets to ensure work is completed.
Old habits die hard. Therefore, it is important to practice being your own boss while you work for someone else as preparation for when you take that leap.
I know that to some people, my advice might come off as a bit pessimistic, but, my goal is to help you think strategically before you pivot!