Entrepreneurship saved my life–for many reasons. But today I want to focus on what the life of an entrepreneur is like, and the biggest reason why I love it so much. I hope you’ll keep reading if you’re interested in starting your own business.
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I didn’t wake up one day and decide to become an entrepreneur. It wasn’t actually until about eight months after I’d officially started my “business” that I realized that I was an entrepreneur.
I know that sounds weird.
Looking back, I wouldn’t say I ever had an entrepreneurial bone in my body. (Lots of stubborn bones–maybe that’s a connection.) No one I knew was an entrepreneur. When I was a kid, it was never even a consideration when I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up.
In fact, the reason I didn't consider my digital marketing gig a bonafied business was because my view of an entrepreneur was someone who opened a brick and mortar business.
My first dabble with entrepreneurship was affiliate marketing (selling someone else's product and getting a commission). It was a great way to learn, but not my life-long ambition.
It took me a long time to figure out from there what I actually wanted my business to be. I tried different niches. I tried course creation, I tried coaching...and nothing seemed to fit right...
...until I landed on done-for-you copywriting and funnel building services. Suddenly, things locked into place, momentum built, and finally, after two years, I had created a business I loved.
Balancing Entrepreneurship & 9-5
I’ll be straight up honest. I’m still in a 9-5 while running a 6-figure business on the side. It can be done. Even if you have a family.
You can do anything you set your mind to.
I’ve had long days, short nights, and days I wanted to quit. I’ve had frustrations that made me want to chuck my laptop in the trash, and setbacks that made me cry.
It's worth it. Your success is inevitable if you just don't give up.
So what is a typical day and week like for me? Well, I start with my morning routine. Then I go to my 9-5 (sometimes at the office, sometimes from home). Then I have dinner and evening routines with the kids. Then I work on my biz 8-10:30 or so before a night’s sleep. Rinse and repeat.
Doesn’t sound overly exciting, I know. Not the “laptop lifestyle” traveling-the-world image, but I’m not in that stage at the moment. To keep balanced, I also take Sundays completely off for family and other activities.
This schedule may not seem like a life of freedom. For some, freedom is what entrepreneurship is all about, right? But the truth is that it’s freeing to do what you love! Most entrepreneurs put in the time because they love what they’re doing.
At first, I worked a couple hours a day because I knew I needed consistency. But as I’ve created a business I love, I now put in the hours because I want to.
I won’t always be doing #allthethings. As I expand, I can hire a team and eventually make different choices with my time. But this is the system that has worked for me in the building phase.
You too can build anything you want. Your biggest barrier is what’s going on between your ears.
The Secret Gift of Entrepreneurship
But what’s the biggest reason I love being an entrepreneur?
I’m living my purpose.
But now when I get to help my clients by helping their businesses thrive, it’s an incredible feeling. I feel a sense of significance, purpose, and mission that I’ve never felt before.
What’s your dream? If you could do ANYTHING and knew you wouldn’t fail, what would you do? …and why haven’t you started?