What Entrepreneurship Is Really Like

It's NOT like this:

It’s easy to be tempted into entrepreneurship when you see the luxury lifestyle of some.

  • fast, prestigious cars,
  • houses on the beach,
  • first-class travel around the world,
  • expensive designer clothes etc.

Most entrepreneurs don’t rub shoulders with well-known celebrities. They don't own an island with a private yacht or two!

Of course, it has taken hard work with plenty of risks to achieve this wanted lifestyle and goals. 

 It can also have a psychological price for some.

Some have experienced depression as well as anxiety. This may have resulted in business closure, or a relationship break up, even houses sold to pay debts. It’s nothing which needs to be hidden let alone ashamed of.

Most entrepreneurs live well, without such extravagance.

You Will Often Be Alone:

Alone with your projects, alone with your thoughts and ideas. This can often be unhealthy and cause anxiety. 

Entrepreneur Alone

It’s a good idea to get the help of a mentor/coach to bounce ideas off. This will help you keep your mindset on the right, healthy track.

How we Personally Work:

We are lucky to work as a team of two. We both have different roles in our business. We work in different parts of the building. At the end of the day, we catch up together to discuss progress and problems. We then decide what changes need to be made to go forward with a certain project.

Man- Woman-Team

Friends & Family:

As a newbie entrepreneur, it is not always a good idea to discuss your business with friends and family.

Why?
Because you are excited!
You have a plan on how you will reach your goals! 

You are looking forward to the challenge you’ve seen others achieve! 
You are even looking forwarding to giving up your 9-5 job working for someone else!

Friends-Family

Family and friends usually do not understand. 

They will be protective of you, advising it won’t work, it’s a dream. 

  • Advising the dangers of giving up the security of a monthly paycheque, 
  • putting your family at risk,
  • the possibility of losing your home,
    and so it will go on………

Not a 9 to 5:

Being a newbie entrepreneur is nothing like having a 9-5 job, it’s an ‘all hours’ job, but it’s YOUR job. You don’t go home and put the days work behind you, it’s with you 24/7.

We worked in our 9-5 jobs for 2 years while working on our own business part-time, i.e. during the evenings and weekends. We gave up our free time to work on our future. Was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY! We found that it was important to take a break sometimes. We take a walk amongst nature, go out for dinner, once in a while, exercise and have learned to meditate.

Job-9-to-5

These breaks give our creative minds a chance to re-charge. We can then bring new and even more exciting ideas to the table.

Failure Is Part Of The Process – A Good Part:

As an entrepreneur, failure is going to be part of the process you will need to accept to avoid fear and anxiety.

Yes, it will knock you off track, as well as giving you that feeling of “I can’t do this”. You can do this, you will do this because failing is the best way of learning.

You know when a child decides to try walking. She’s up on her feet and then, down again. Up, down, up and down, but she never gives up.
It’s the same in business. The determination is within us all, from an early age, we just forget how to use it sometimes.

Baby-Learning-to-Walk

In other words, don’t fear failure, embrace it. A tough call when you’re starting to feel your mental health is being tested. When you’re anxious, you feel unworthy and not good enough.

You are not alone. There are plenty of entrepreneurs out there willing to listen. They will share their own stories of failure and guide you in the right direction. We all started at the beginning too, we have empathy. We can help you to avoid some of the mistakes we made at the start, where we also had to learn to embrace failure.

Things to Do:

It’s worth joining some online groups. Start attending networking meetings, to be with like-minded people.
We don’t have all the answers, but we can point you in the direction of someone who will. 

Online-Meeting

Entrepreneurs never stop 

  • learning,
  • attending webinars,
  • reading books,
  • keeping up the with latest ever-changing marketing and technical ideas.

What we do know is that it’s certainly worth the time and effort to be in a position to work where and when you like. Also to have a business, which can help others to enjoy a more fulfilled life, in whatever way that may be.

The most difficult word for an entrepreneur is ‘Help’. We, even after 6 years in this our latest business, still ask for help. So, don’t be shy to do so.

We wish you every success with your entrepreneurial journey – most of all – make it fun! love what you do! 


About the author 

Beverley Hutton

Beverley is passionate about helping startups and small businesses get the marketing advice they need to achieve success.Beverley has been involved with Marketing for over 40 years, starting her career with J. Walter Thompson in Mayfair, London, before moving on to work for subsidiaries.Beverley then ran her own small businesses in various customer facing industries and has been involved in Retail and Hotel Management.This gives her vast experience in the areas of Managing and Marketing small businesses.

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