Being an entrepreneur takes time (to say the least). It’s far too simple to become mired in the daily routine and overlook what’s most crucial: the reasons you enjoy your work. Take a break from your work now and reflect on why you enjoy becoming an entrepreneur.
Here are some explanations given by business owners who we spoke with:
1. I enjoy knowing that I made something from nothing.
Being an entrepreneur requires you to make a lot of sacrifices. It’s undoubtedly not for everyone. But when you put everything on the line and win, you are rewarded with a sense of pride that working as a cog in a large company could never give you.
2. It makes decision-making simpler.
With no shareholders, board members, or other stakeholders to answer to, I am free to take greater initiative and make choices more swiftly.
3. I receive all the credit and the criticism.
Being completely responsible for the outcomes you deliver for your clients is fantastic if you have confidence in yourself. When everything depends on you, your company’s future is directly in your hands. On the other side, you alone bear responsibility if you fail (of course).
4. I have the freedom to choose who I want to work with.
I can surround myself with exceptional people who share my passion, vision, and basic beliefs since I am involved in every hiring choice.
5. I have the ability to pick the clients I work with carefully.
Working with clients you don’t respect might make going to work a bad experience. I adore working with business owners and entrepreneurs who share my enthusiasm for my own company. When you work for someone else, you frequently have to collaborate directly with customers you detest.
6. I establish enduring connections with my clientele
We frequently keep our clientele because conducting business online necessitates consistent upgrades to your website and online marketing. In essence, it turns us into partners with our clients, assisting them in building their businesses over time.
7. I have full control over my calendar.
You now have the chance to plan your time and your vacations. Even though it can be challenging for business owners to take time off, it is necessary when you have so many responsibilities.
8. I’m free to choose not to work for anyone else.
I had some really bad bosses before I founded Blue Fountain Media. The good news is that working under lousy managers taught me a lot about what excellent managers ought to do.
9. I work as a teacher and mentor.
Because they are less expensive, you must engage rather novice workers as an entrepreneur and train them on the job, especially in the beginning. I’m happy to report that several of the coworkers I began as interns with have since advanced to hold leadership roles within the organization.
10. My employment is secure
I’m very sure I won’t lose my job because I’m the boss! Seriously though, I am more tougher on myself than any supervisor would be. You are motivated to perform at your highest level when you are in charge of so many people’s lives. I almost feel guilty when I’m not working!
11. Continually Interesting
Learning on so many different levels—from strategy to sales to marketing to customer service—is necessary to become an entrepreneur. Each of these topics offers an infinite number of options and possibilities.
As I establish and expand my company, I am faced with a variety of challenges that test my ability to grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. These include learning time management and productivity, communication with clients, peers, and mentors, resilience in the face of failure and setbacks, as well as persistence and optimism in general. For me, starting a business is a fast-tracked road toward spiritual and personal development. I accept everything and find it to be quite fascinating.
12. Appetite for adventure
There are many aspects of being an entrepreneur that I adore, but the sense of adventure is what I adore most. I quit a lucrative corporate position with fantastic benefits to launch my coaching business from scratch.
If I’m not giving my clients something of value, there is no safety net. Although it’s never been my style, in corporate settings you can occasionally get away with producing subpar work and using the corporate bureaucracy as your cover.
Although I’ve been able to resist the urge, complacency has always been a temptation. Despite the fact that my own business’s first few years have been either a famine or a feast and that failure is statistically more likely than success, these dynamics keep me focused on my highest priorities and never complacent.
I’ve worked as a freelance business consultant for more than 30 years. I learned a lot about how to make business and life work from that role. You are self-employed if you own your own business. You produce each day. Nobody can direct your efforts. Whether or when you punched in is irrelevant.
Nobody is concerned about how many meetings you have scheduled, where you will park, or how deep your inbox is. It doesn’t matter how hard you work or how well you walk the dog. Constant effort is just the stuff you do to get there; only tangible results matter. You are solely responsible for your performance as an entrepreneur.
You cannot use the “get out of jail free” card by playing the victim card. Your hand-wringing justifications will never move clients, nor will pointing the finger at the provider who disappointed you increase their confidence.
14. Being Hopeful
The nicest part about being an entrepreneur for me is hope. Owning your own firm is a pretty difficult game, but if you are passionate about it, doing extra pushups can be done with delight. I intend to use my vision to transform the world (to make the world more intellectual and creative).
I have faith that what I do will benefit billions of people. Hope that my work will disrupt the educational system, make it better, get rid of all the inefficiencies, and aid in the shift from a job-based to an automated economy. The best aspect of the entrepreneurial path is the hope we all have, even if it is often incredibly difficult.
15. When our language is ingrained in that of our clients
Our clients choose to live out a lifestyle and attitude with us that we call “Fierce,” which is more than just the name of our business. This is unquestionably one of my favorite aspects of being an entrepreneur since we witness this with each of our clients as we work together.
Fierce exists to carry out excellent work that transforms our planet. And we accomplish this by providing an amazing strategic product to our clients and the partners we collaborate with every day. But what I love most about it is when Fierce starts to appear in our clients’ speech.
When a customer texts me with the hashtag #FierceOrNothing at the end of the message, when they send a picture of their infant wearing a Fierce t-shirt, or when they phone and say, “Beckie, I wasn’t feeling it today at the office. Everything was so overwhelming to me at the time. In order to put on the bear claw necklace you gave me from Fierce, I raced home at lunchtime.
I kept my grip on the bear claw and kept telling myself I am ferocious and I can do this. I then returned to my job and dominated it for the remainder of the day. These are the treasured moments that we adore sharing with everyone.
16. I sometimes occasionally feel as though I have given up a lot of things in order to pursue my career with Yumble, especially when I encourage others to start their own businesses. Spending time with my three children is one of those things, and it’s definitely the hardest one.
After a hard day, I’m frequently greeted with inquiries that make me feel guilty, like “Why are you home so late?” You either failed to send the snack I requested, or Lily’s mother showed up today to assist with lunch service; why didn’t you? Every time, my heart cries. Then again, I overheard my two older children speaking with their pals the other day.
They were describing how their mother works every day, including on Sundays, because she owns her own business and wants to support hundreds of children in eating healthy foods. They revealed to their buddies that they too would like to launch their own company someday, just like I did. Then, everything seemed to have been worthwhile, and I was grateful for my career.
I was grateful to my team for working tirelessly with me to expand Yumble, to my friends and family for their ongoing support, to my husband for constantly motivating me to keep going, but mostly to my children who now understand that their dreams can come true and that they can have an impact on the world.
Why do YOU love being an entrepreneur?