You’ve either taken the leap, thought about taking it, or you are just curious what this blog is about. No matter the reason, it’s great because it has brought you here today. So, lets jump right into it and start talking about entrepreneurship.
Deciding to give up your 9-5 job to become your own boss is not a small decision to make. Or one that comes without risk. Is it scary? Yes. You have to be willing to accept failure. You have to walk into it knowing that success does not happen overnight and that it takes money to make money. You will be faced with challenges ahead. But, you cannot let the fear of failure stop you from making a positive impact on peoples lives every day. It takes heart, intelligence, determination, sacrifice, and a tremendous amount of courage to run a business. But, one thing it does not require to start up is the most expensive equipment, a large amount of space, or the finest of things. Education will take you much farther than any name brand will. So, if you can’t afford the top of the line things you can simply buy the basics and get yourself started. The most successful of entrepreneurs often started with nothing at all.
Being an entrepreneur is simultaneously empowering and terrifying at the same time. One of the biggest tasks is realizing and accepting that you are accountable for everything. You can either sink or sail this ship. If you take time off or decide to be a little lazy your business could fail which means your finances and family also pay the price. This is why I feel it is incredibly important to be at your very best every moment of each day. Make the commitment to yourself by always putting in your 100% at all times. You represent your business in every second and aspect of your life from the time you wake up until you the time you crash at night from exhaustion.
The benefits are that you can be more flexible with your time. Although, managing your time and allocating time where its needed most isn't always easy either. Being an entrepreneur is gratifying beyond the financial gains. Your motivation alone becomes much different when you start working for something that is ‘yours.’ Watching your business grow is such a rewarding feeling. But, knowing that you are giving back to the world (in my case through photography) is the best part.
It's certainly not all butterflies and rainbows. It does have its downsides. Just like anything else does. There is no paid time off. Vacations, sickness, and even maternity. You are on your own for all of those things. Also, it's hard not to take your mind off your business when you own it. It’s no longer a job as it quickly becomes your baby. And, that can make it hard to find a balance in your life for other things. You have to learn how to have conversations with your spouse, family, and friends that doesn't involve your company. It also means that its a lot more perceived freedom, with a lot less freedom. Some people feel you choose this occupation to work less time. But the truth is you are giving up a 9-5 work day for a work life. Some people may not relate to the "tiny" things you stress out over. BUT there are no "tiny" decisions in business. In fact, every single decision you make...let me repeat, "every single decision you make is a big deal.” Each decision carries the weight of your companies future, but also the reputation of all the people who have supported and joined you in this journey. Its your brand. Always stay focused and keep sight of your vision. If you want maximum results then you have to put in the maximum amount of effort and not get easily discouraged.
The minute you decide to pursue this is when you hit the ground running. Now, where you go from there is entirely up to you. Their are successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurs and my first question always is, "how much effort did you put into building your dream?" And, the second question is, "how did you invest back into your business?” The answer will always be the same, “ network more, work harder, and take the money you make and invest it back into your business!!”
Heres the fun part. Social media. Yes, let’s talk about it. It certainly has its perks doesn't it? In 2019, it is estimated that there will be 2.77 billion social media users around the globe making this the best opportunity anyone has ever had to become a successful entrepreneur. It’s never been easier to see what the latest trends are and what draws people in. Now, can I have a drumroll please? They already paved the way for you by laying down the foundation with free global advertising! If you don’t know where to begin then you can always take advantage of the thousands of free educational tutorials on Youtube. So, no excuses! Downside? There is a lot of competition. And, you are constantly being judged. That’s social media for you. A love hate relationship for sure.
I’ve come to learn that absolutely anything in this life is obtainable as long as you put the effort into it. There may be times where you question if what you are doing is right. You will even find yourself occasionally stepping away to become inspired once more. But, do not forget that you set out on this journey for a reason.Every person walking on this earth has a passion. Passion turns into dreams. And dreams can become your reality.
My thought process may be slightly different than some as I do not like to set "goals." A goal in my opinion is creating a point of “satisfaction and finish.” Goals are not a bad thing by any means. But, once you achieve them where do you go next and how quickly can you get there without any or a lot of downtime? I'd like to think of the journey into my entrepreneurship as climbing a never ending mountain. Am I exactly where I'd like to be? No. But, if I look over my shoulder I can see years of progress and acknowledge and appreciate what it took for me to get me where I am today. Which is staying focused on endurance rather than the sprint. Can I see the top of the mountain yet? No, I cannot. Nor do I ever want to. Because, when I can finally see the top of the mountain the sky is no longer the limit.
I will openly admit that this has been the hardest thing I have ever done. However, its also the best decision I have ever made.This journey has allowed me to find my true purpose. I'm traveling, meeting amazing people, and enjoying life. And, that’s a feeling that can’t be translated into any words that will ever come close in doing it justice. I hope you can find your purpose as well. I encourage you all to surround yourselves with others who are as focused as yourself for support and advice. I commend anyone who has taken this leap and has decided to really enjoy the meaning of “living in the moment.”
Love + Respect