5 Fun Facts About Being An Entrepreneur
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I'll try to keep this one short and to the point. With all these people claiming themselves as an
"entrepreneur" or "founder of (brand name)" on social media, I wanted to make things clear about the experience of functioning as an entrepreneur. I feel like people with their highlight reels make it seem overly fancier than what the actual lifestyle is like. Sure, you have a lot more freedom than a 9-5 job, but it's definitely not the prettiest sight, especially in the beginning stages of the whole process.
1. You have to be willing to wear a lot of hats.
By this I mean, you're going to have to do a lot of different things to get things up and running, even if they are unpleasant or you're not the best at the specific task. For example, when I first started with my fashion blog/social media endeavor, I had to learn how to design websites, edit videos, learn about different forms of distribution, etc. Guess what? You're going to have to do this for a while until you start forming a team. Even Alan is still responsible for blogging, taking pictures, designing products all the while executing on meetings and writing up contracts. Some of these tasks are not going to be super pleasant, but I believe that's the nature of being an entrepreneur, as well as the beauty of it.
2. Social life goes down the drain.
Now, I'm not saying you have to stop meeting people all together. Honestly, that's probably going to be unhealthy for you because as humans we need to feel connected. But you will have to say no to a lot of things, like going out to the club every Friday night. Let's be honest, you can't get stuff done if you're constantly trying to recover from hangovers and what not. This might sound like you're giving up a lot, especially if you're in your early twenties. In reality, you learn to prioritize a lot better and spend more meaningful time with your friends.
3. People are going to reject you. A lot.
I think we are meant to get rejected for a lot of our ideas, but the society has systematized us to avoid risk and rejection by just following a path already set by institutions. People aren't going to shower you with compliments all along the way. More likely than not, it's the complete opposite. Even your friends are going to raise eyebrows in disapproval of your ideas.
4. You're not going to come out rich from your first attempt.
Entrepreneur does not equal getting rich in the first 3 weeks of launch. If anything, you're probably going to lose money along the way because of failed attempts. You might have to swipe your credit cards and rack up some debt, which could be mitigated by having multiple sources of income. Any artist or entrepreneur that actually made it out OK took years of consistent work and strategy. Those who are overnight successes don't typically last that long.
5. You're probably going to doubt yourself multiple times along the way.
"Am I doing the right thing?" "Is this even worth my time?" "What if I never make it?" You can go on forever with these types of questions. Because this path can be so open-ended, you're going to have a lot of moments where you doubt yourself and feel really shitty about it. Remember, anything that's worthwhile isn't pain free.
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