The life of an entrepreneur is not always ideal or picturesque. When I was younger and imagined working from home, I did not imagine what an uphill battle it would be. I’m not saying that I expected being an entrepreneur to be easy, but at the same time, it was a lot more challenging than anything I could ever imagine. The days I spend working from home are also not as glamorous as I thought they would be. However, that is not necessarily a bad thing. These days I spend working from home are real and raw, and that makes them beautiful. There are many positives to being an entrepreneur, and many of the positives also have some good, bad, and ugly that tie into them.
Being an entrepreneur allows us to spend more time with our families
You are there to take care of your children while being able to work from home at the same time. Your schedule is more flexible to work when it is most convenient. That doesn’t mean that it will always work out that way, but it does allow for more time to do the important things when things come up like emergencies or illnesses when things are scheduled in advance, and generally decide how your day is going to go. This isn’t the case with all entrepreneur career choices, as it depends on what you have chosen to do, but it is generally true for most.
Sometimes being an entrepreneur interferes with everyday life. Sometimes you will have to put what you consider more desirable, or more important, temporarily on a back burner. While these things may not be pressing, necessarily, you will certainly feel their pull. For example, when I have my nieces over, spending time with them the whole time feels important and I feel that “pull” or pressure to be their entertainer the whole time they are here. However, most of the times that they come over for a visit, I am working towards a deadline or a client sends me work that needs to be done while they are here. It isn’t exactly ideal, but I still make time to be with them and have fun with them. It took me awhile to find that balance when they were here and I need to work at the same time. Not only that, but I feel like it sets a good example for them.
When you have two very important things pulling at your attention, such as your work and your loved ones, it can feel very much like a war is going on inside your head. Obviously the living, breathing beings will take priority over work. Yet, you still have clients or someone else relying on you to get work done, and most of the time you are the only one who can get it done. This is when things may seem a bit ugly, and you may feel guilty or overwhelmed no matter what you do.
Being an entrepreneur allows us to exercise our creativity
Everyone has some amount of creativity inside them, and we all need an outlet to exercise that creativity. Some of us are artists, some of us are musicians, some of us are writers, some of us are tech gurus, and many more than that too. We all have special talents that are itching to be utilized. Being an entrepreneur allows us to practice our talents and passions on a daily basis, and what a blessing that can be!
We may experience “burnout” from time-to-time, especially when we push too hard for too long, or lose sight of what matters most to us. The important thing to do is to take breaks along the way, take a break when we start to feel burnt out, do things that relax and recharge us, and remind ourselves of why we do the work we do. Always keep your why close to your heart, it will keep you going far longer than anything else.
When we are doing what we love, sometimes it can attract the wrong crowd. This can be anything from someone you already know, the wrong types of clients, or just someone who wants to take advantage of someone who has a lot going for them. There are always people who want to bring others down or take advantage.
Being an entrepreneur means that we work for ourselves
We have the freedom and the flexibility. We are ultimately the boss. While we may have people counting on us for the work we do, we also have the ability to say no and to back out if we feel it is important to do so. Being an entrepreneur empowers us to make decisions that improve our lives and the lives of those around us.
It isn’t always easy to find work. There are periods of time where we may not find work at all, and then there are times that we find more work and it feels like everything is falling into place. Then there are times where it goes dry again. This is called “feast or famine.” It is hard to find a balance where work is actually steady, or where you are making enough during a “feast” to set aside some to cover the “famine.”
Being an entrepreneur, and working for yourself, may be despairing at times. You may feel like throwing in the towel and giving up on your dreams. It may seem like it is all worthless because it isn’t “working” the way you feel it should or the way you need it to. These are times that it is also important to have your why close by.
Being an entrepreneur is what you make of it. It can be extremely exciting and be fulfilling to be an entrepreneur. Afterall, you are doing what you love to do. You are using your talents and passions to make an income and to help others. There will be down times, and there will be up times. Overall, it can be a very enjoyable journey when you focus on progress, connections, and finding joy in the little things.
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Bonnie McConaughy writes articles for businesses that tailor to their clients’ needs. Her articles have appeared on Quill, Unique Gifter, and Beyond Your Blog, among others. She has a strong passion for blogging, entrepreneur, health and wellness, and personal development topics.