It’s been almost 2 years since I decided to become a full-time entrepreneur. While I started my company several years prior to that, it has truly been a new experience leaving a traditional 9-5 job and taking on this bold and brave transition.
Along the way, I’ve learned many lessons on this journey, but below are a few of my top ones.
1. No matter the industry, when you become a small business owner or become successful at some type of side hustle, people begin to seek you out for free advice and services. Sometimes those persons are friends, family members, and even people you don’t know. The reality is that you can’t help everyone. So don’t feel guilty when you can’t give someone a hook-up. On a bi-weekly basis I am contacted by people who can’t afford my services. While I would love to share my wonderful ideas with the world, my time is valuable and paying clients are what keeps my business afloat, not being nice to people, who may or may not ever realize my worth or have a desire to pay me for a job.
2. People who are unfamiliar with the entrepreneurial lifestyle can be rude and insensitive, because quite frankly, they have no clue of what this world involves. Common phrases include:
“Girl, I want to be just like you when I grow up, and not work.”
“Girl, you got all those degrees and you’re an entrepreneur.”
“Huh, I thought about it but I can’t do it. I could never be an entrepreneur.”
This gives you an idea of how clueless these people are about being an entrepreneur. So, don’t be offended and never feel like you have to explain your lifestyle. Some people won’t understand and there are others who weren’t made to be entrepreneurs. You don’t owe anyone an explanation. You have chosen this life, not them. Sometimes it’s best to let people think what they want, while you make major moves that make you happy.
3. Every client isn’t for you. Anyone who follows me on Twitter and Facebook probably knows that I write about this often; it’s because I mean it. Sometimes I realize within the first few conversations, if a client is the one for me. Perhaps they say or do something that makes me think our personalities won’t mesh or maybe I can sense that they are a time waster. No matter what it is, many times it is easier to pass on a project, rather than begin working with someone who isn’t a match. While money is great, a piece of mind is so much better. Additionally, the time that you spend with the wrong client could have been better spent pursuing a relationship with the right client.
Whether you are a new entrepreneur or a seasoned one, I’m wishing you all the best on your journey…Business Rock Stars!
What are interesting lessons you’ve learned as an entrepreneur? Leave me a thought below or tweet them to me at @bestrategicPR. #BeStrategic #entrepreneur