I never knew what "entrepreneurship" meant growing up, that wasn't a term that was ever used. At the same time, I knew what it meant to run your own business. That example came from my dad. For as far back as I can remember, he has run his own business. Growing up, I'd always admired that. And Im proud to say, my dad built a company from scratch despite his own modest upbringing. Though I'd admired my dad so much, I knew going into building & construction wasn't for me.
It took me many years to really understand all the options available to me, when exploring employment. Due to my cultural, social and economical environment, my perception of how far I could reach was a little distorted(in my opinion). I truly believed there was only one of four paths: retail, office based, trades or public (I.E teacher, social worker, etc). I had no confidence in the fact, I could work in what ever sector I chose.
Fast forward to my early twenties, though i'd accomplished a lot becoming such a young area manger. Continuing in that company wasn't what I saw for my future. It was at that point, my hunger for entrepreneurship began to take on a life of its own. But, I had no idea how much hard work and sacrifice it takes to be my own boss.
Don't get me wrong, part of my admiration for my dad. Lies in the hard word and dedication he devotes to his business. But the really is, my dad isn't a mum. Being a mum and running your own business, magnifies EVERYTHING!
Have you ever had to miss a great opportunity because you couldn't get childcare? I have. Attending networking events, business trade shows etc mostly convene outside the average childcare agreement. Which means essential opportunities to grow your business are missed. Now i'm not moaning, in no way. I'm fully aware of the choice I made have children. I'm just highlighting, I'm one of thousands of women. Who will understand this aspect of entrepreneurship.
When you look at what being an "entrepreneur" means today. Your met with images of glitz and glamour. The message given is - One you run your own business the money comes rolling in! Running your own business, man or woman is far from that.
Being an entrepreneur is definitely very rewarding. Not to mention, the immeasurable freedom you get from being your own boss. The part no one speak about, is how lonely and isolating it is. Especially if you work from home and don't have a team.
I remember when I first got into business. I had the notion that every spare moment I had, should be spent growing the business. That of course to me, meant dedication. What I didn't foresee, was how detrimental this would be to my social life. Yes, friends are supportive of what your doing. But they don't always understand, this means sacrificing many social meet-ups.
Even going for a meal can be a struggle, whether it be due to conflicting schedules or you simply don't have the funds. (This of course because you're pumping every spare penny you have into your business.) Inevitably results in less invites and less communication, which enables you to focus more time on your business. So the vicious cycle starts!
Now let's touch on those late nights and early mornings!
How many hours have you spent working until the wee hours of the morning?