Entrepreneurship is a tough subject to “attack”. It’s very complicated and hard to be an entrepreneur starting a business, but so it is to understand this concept. If you talk with 10 people, you will probably get 10 slightly different opinions on the matter and probably none would be wrong. This happens because there are many faces to what entrepreneurship is and it is constantly changing and evolving.
The journey of entrepreneurship is very bumpy and different for every entrepreneur. I know that there are entire books talking about the qualities needed to be a good and successful entrepreneur. From what I think, there is only one: courage…or guts (with a little bit of craziness/madness).
I didn’t have much knowledge about every aspect of being an entrepreneur when I started my first entrepreneurship adventure about 6 years ago. Fresh out of university, with experience in IT field as a developer and I started a brick and mortar business. I failed and it is no surprise in it. Almost everyone fails with their first company and it’s kinda normal. It is normal because no matter what books you read, how many of them, what you learn in school, you will never be prepared for what comes in real life when you start a business.
You must know that there are many things that need to be taken care of. They are a continuous source of stress. How to I attract more customers? What do I do to retain the customers that entered my store? How do I keep a balance between my family and the business? How to I remain mentally sane with all the stress? The answers for these questions are different for each one of you new or old entrepreneurs. These are the real things that you are going to deal with when you choose to quit the company you were working for to follow the dream of being free, work whenever you want, escape from nasty bosses/managers and to make enough money to see the world.
Quick reality check: you will not be entirely free because you will be the only one really accountable for the results of your business. You will probably work whenever you want, but that just means you will work double than you worked as an employee. While escaping your nasty boss/manager, you will encounter other mean people with who you need to work with. It’s possible you will make money, but only enough to pay the rent and eat something for a period of time. There are still many great aspects of being an entrepreneur. Otherwise, not so many of us would be choosing this life path. It’s not just a career path, it’s more than that: it’s a life path.
One of the great aspects of being an entrepreneur is the journey. The fact that you, on your own or with other like minded friends or colleagues, are starting something new from scratch and you nourish it, you are there and direct influence it’s growth…it’s an amazing feeling. Creating something from nothing is very fulfilling. Another great aspect that you learn from this experience is the trust in people. Working every day, every hour along with people that share the same dream with you will create a very strong bond between you. Sooner than later you will start to appreciate at the correct value what this means.
As you can see, I am really fond of everything related to the entrepreneurship subject. Even though I failed with my first business I have learned a lot of things. I am a better version of myself because of this. That experience that I have gained, helped me a lot after closing the startup.
My advice for you is to go chase your dreams, and if you want to be an entrepreneur to do it as soon as possible. And don’t get too upset when you fail – it’s not a question of if, but when. Try to overcome any problems and learn even from the biggest failures.