Hell yeah, I have a lot going on these days. I think I have already mentioned that I have started a business on my own. Which is why besides working on my current job for a client I am also all about inhaling business books and podcasts for young entrepreneurs and building a decent website and social media presence. Not to forget, I am doing all of this stuff beside my full-time job, learning how to snowboard and cooking vegan, without wheat, rice and potatoes due to our food allergies. Phew!
Busy days of an entrepreneur-to-be
Yes, I am a busy woman. But the good – and weird at the same time – thing is, that I am not really stressed. At least not as bad as I should be when I take a look at my calendar and the to-do list. I don’t know why that is, but I won’t question it because it makes dealing with all my tasks way easier.
Ok, the thing is: I like it the way it is now. I honestly think I need it that way. I like having a project, I thrive on it. These days I am even having more than one project, which is more than ok. It works for me and in my favour. I mean, I really like having an own business, even though having to deal with finance and bureaucracy. It’s a part of it. Period. In the end, the advantages outweigh the not so fun parts. Finally, I am able to do what I love and get paid for it. I think that’s worth it. A lot.
Running you own business: If you don’t try it, you’ll never know if it’ll work out.
It took me some time, though, to finally went through with my plan of becoming an entrepreneur. I mean, I am not the person who is used to taking risks. I always think things through. But in the end, founding your own business is something you have to try because otherwise you will never know if it’ll work out. It is risky, but as I said to myself: If it doesn’t work, at least I have tried.
Admittedly, I haven’t quit my job. I’ll never do that just out of the blue. So I kept this safety net and am running my business on the side. Yes, it means less spare time, but I really wanted to see how it’s going to work and therefore I just had to start. Time will tell if I will be able to cut hours or even quit my full-time job in the years to come if my business turns out well, but I have time and I am not the one to rush.
Decision-making when starting out
There are so many things to keep in mind, so many decisions to make: Who is my target group? What name for the online presence? How to design the logo and website? etc. etc. And those are only a tiny part of the whole bunch of questions twirling in my head – nonstop. I am so glad I don’t need to rent a place or hire stuff for running my business. I only need my laptop and a quiet place to work.
However, I have decided for me that I will take the required time for working out a decent strategy and not publishing in a rush. In the meantime I hope for the good old word-of-mouth for my little business to grow and in a few weeks I should be able to announce the launch of my new website and social media appearance.
Start right now
Want to know my thoughts on starting your own business?
- I think, it is crucial not to let the bureaucracy-stuff get in your way.
- Don’t freak out before you even started and don’t let yourself getting talked out of your plans by so-called friends.
- Do some research, think it through and if your own business is what you dream of, then go for it in your own time.
- Just dive in and tackle problems when they pop up.
But the most important thing is to start.
If you are also playing with the thought of becoming an entrepreneur, don’t worry too much in the beginning. Try it out and time will tell if it is for you. Life is too short only to imagine what could have been.