When thinking of an entrepreneur, your mind automatically goes to a successful person that has financial freedom, time freedom, a team working for them and typically a lavish lifestyle.
We don’t want to say that that is not entrepreneurship because that is the case for some, but it is not what entrepreneurship is for some, actually most, people. We don’t want to scare you and say that you cannot live the life of your dreams because you really can, but we want you to know every aspect of what it is like to own your own business.
Be prepared to put in the time to succeed. You’re going to be working longer than a typical 9-5 in the beginning and you’re going to be tired, but you have to keep your end goal in mind.
Wearing many hats
In the beginning you may be fortunate enough to start your business with someone or multiple someone's, but that is not the case for everyone. If you’re starting solo - you’re going to be juggling a lot. Be prepared to be the photographer, the social media manager, the business owner, the accountant, the administrator and so much more.
You’re going to be making a few sacrifices along the way. From financial to personal sacrifices - they are going to come. You might have to cut back on a few things to fund your business in the beginning or you might have to say no to seeing friends a few times just to work on your business.
It’s rare for an entrepreneur to not doubt themselves. When starting your business, you’re going to second guess yourself and you’re going to be scared, but you just have to do it. If you want it bad enough, stop doubting and put yourself out there.
We know it’s scary to say that you’re going to fail so rather we’re going to say - you’re going to learn. You’re going to learn what to do, what not to do, what works, what doesn’t work and so much more.
Your product or service is not going to be for everyone, and that’s okay. You are going to hear “no” quite a few times, but pick yourself up and go again. Don’t take it personally and use it as a learning curve of what you could do differently in your approach, product or service.
Entrepreneurship, like everything else in life, has its pros and cons. Things may be tough in the beginning, it may be hard work and it may be tiring, but it’s so worth it. We know that you are going to succeed no matter what you do - you’ve got this!