I love working for myself. In my humble opinion, there are a bajillion perks and few drawbacks to being an entrepreneur. But TRUST ME when I say it’s hardly glamorous.
Let me give you a few truths from the other side of the computer screen.
1. I only wear the bare necessities.
Yep. No bra. Bras are uncomfortable and when you work in an office of ONE, completely unnecessary. Also, I only wear pants if I am expecting a delivery or I need to take the bins out. (<–I literally JUST got a delivery while I was typing that. Luckily, I had pants on).
2. This also means shoes.
Shoes I’ve worn in the last forever: runners, thongs, my one pair of black flats that I use for every occasion. Heels are dead to me.
3. I work very strange hours. And lots of them.
One of the cooler perks of being an entrepreneur is setting my own hours. But the flip side is, no-one picks up my slack. Also, the amount of hours I work exactly equals the money I have coming in. So yes, I can sometimes take a break to watch an episode of The Good Wife at 10am, or meet my friends in the park for workouts at 3pm, or take a few hours to run important errands. But those missed hours have to be made up. With 6am starts and midnight finishes and missing parties on weekends.
4. My entire business is run from my laptop.
This is mega cool and one of my goals has always been location independence. As long as I have Wi-Fi and my laptop, I can work. But if something apocalyptic happened to my computer/the internet, bye-bye business.
No admin assistants here. Just me and a lot of emails. And a website. And clients to organise. And some spreadsheets and stuff. Which all need to be managed. Daily.
6. Social media is a totally legit marketing strategy.
So weird. I have ‘Time on Facebook’ scheduled into my calendar. Take that, previous bosses!
7. Everything is made up.
I’ll admit, still getting my head around this one. After so many years in cubicle jobs, being told what to do, it’s so strange (but brilliant) to think that I can literally come up with an idea and spend my time working on it and bring it to fruition. I’m only limited by my imagination.
TELL ME, YOU GUYS – are you an entrepreneur? What’s ONE MORE entrepreneurial truth you can add to this list? And if you’re not (yet) an entrepreneur, does this list make working for yourself look totally sexy (wink)?
P.S. I totally love doing this work and promise I’m not complaining