Sometimes you just want to be understood. That’s why entrepreneurs often hang out with other entrepreneurs – those who know their struggles and joys. If you work for yourself, or if you are in the process of building a business, see how many of these points you can relate to. If you know an entrepreneur, here’s a tiny peek into their brain.
30. You try to stay organized… but there is a lot of stuff
Paperwork, invoices, employee documents, to-do lists, project plans, meeting summaries… You have an ongoing goal to get more organized, but at some point you wonder whether it’s even possible with this much stuff.
29. You don’t mean to micro-manage, but…
Sure, you may love and trust your employees. You were probably even the person who hired them. But how can you really be sure they will perform a task properly (i.e. how you would do it)? You can’t help but micro-manage sometimes, just to ensure everything goes smooth.
28. The thought of a cubicle and a boss sends shivers down your spine
9 to 5 is no problem, as long as it’s on your terms. Having little control over what you do and how you do it has never appealed to you. You prefer to do work that matters to you.
27. You get bummed out when things flop
Being an entrepreneur has plenty of perks, but when an idea totally fails, you can’t help but feel defeated. After all, you put your authentic self into everything you do in your business.
26. You have a never-ending reserve of motivation
Even if things go wrong, even if there are setbacks, even if you make a mistake – you always keep going. Because if you don’t pull your business through, who else will?
25. You have to deliberately ensure emails don’t cut into your sleep time
It’s not hard to spend your entire day staring into the inbox abyss. There are the imaginary emails you totally forgot to send, the ones you forgot to read, the ones you are avoiding, the ones that are promising, and the ones that you have to re-read 10 times to understand. It never ends.
24. You are used to people inaccurately judging your daily life
“You run a successful business with several employees? You must spend most of your time in a hammock, ordering your employees around via email!” Nope.
23. One of your top goals is to roll out of bed each day and do whatever the hell you want
Everyone dreams of this lifestyle, but you are actually willing to go for it. Not only this, but you actually believe it’s possible, unlike many people. You know from experience that persistence and hard work pay off.
22. You groan at the thought of content marketing
Unless you actually run a business that offers content marketing services, you usually groan at the thought of having to update your blog, website, or social media accounts. Hopefully by now you’ve hired someone who knows what they’re doing in this area.
21. You got 99 problems and differentiation is one
You’re always concerned about the impression your business is making… or not making. The internet is saturated with businesses trying to make their mark. There are undoubtedly a few people in your industry that offer the same things you do. Thus you know that your success is determined by how you can differentiate and let your individuality shine through to customers.
20. You’re perpetually looking for ways to “expand your business”
…whatever that means
19. You smile through your teeth at difficult customers, then vent about it later
Your friends and family might be concerned at the level of rage in your voice, but once you get it off your chest, you’re good.
18. You love when people ask, “So what do you do?”
Perfect bragging opportunity.
17. You do a happy dance for every new client or customer…
Even if it’s just mentally.
16. You know that pre-launch anticipation all too well
It’s like a balled up mixture of pure excitement and terror. Awesome, right? There are a billion questions you have to ask yourself, and even more things to consider – like pricing, marketing, budgeting, designing,..
15. Your desk or bookshelf is filled with how-to books for entrepreneurs
There are just so many good ones… you have to read them all.
14. You can spot a problematic person a mile away
Whether it’s a potential partner, client, supplier, or anyone else, you can identify those red flags that hint at a person’s unreliability.
13. You’re used to hearing people tell you what they can’t do
If you’ve attained even a slight level of success in business, people probably ask you, “How did you do it?! I could never do that.” However you know better, because that’s how you felt when you first started down the entrepreneurial path. In this way, you may see potential in others even when they don’t see it in themselves.
13. You take charge when you see someone misconstruing your vision
Entrepreneurs are like parents – except their baby is the business. When an employee or anyone else jumps in with some not-so-positive ideas or actions, you don’t hesitate to (politely) shut them down.
12. You don’t let your flaws hold you back
Some people think of entrepreneurs as invincible. However, you know your own weak spots. They exist, but they don’t keep you from thriving and adapting in your business.
11. You have a healthy stack of business cards from people you intend to collaborate with
Gather a few entrepreneurs together in a room and you’ve got ideas flowing in no time. Execution is a different story. If you could only find the time…
10. You are always waiting for an opportunity to mention your business
“We’re going to a rave? Should I bring my business cards?”
9. You don’t believe in the status quo
You are the boss of your own life. Why follow someone else’s path when you know there are other options? After all, you can’t possibly succeed when you are working to achieve someone else’s goals.
8. You are caught in a vicious coffee-nap cycle
Coffee, nap, coffee, nap, coffee, accidental nap…
7. Your business worries often leak into your personal life
You know you should stop thinking about it, but you tend to get caught up in little worries on your days off.
6. Time management is the bane of your existence
Family, friends, business meetings, social media, raising funds, product development, clients – is there any of your time that’s not booked to take care of all of these tasks? Hopefully you’ve learned to make time for yourself, or at least leave some blocks open now and then. When you allow for more free time, you automatically do less managing.
5. The other bane? Taxes
A snippet of your dreams around tax season: I owe money. I know I owe money. But the scariest part is how much? How much will I owe this year? How much? How much? (Then you wake up screaming and call your accountant at 4:00 a.m.)
4. You get way too many offers for things you don’t want
Why do people think that because you run a business, you want to buy their crappy products and services? You’ll spend money when it makes sense, but not on spam offers. You listed your email as myname [at] business dot com on your website. How are the spammers still getting to you?!
3. You do whatever it takes
You’ve probably talked about starting businesses with several friends or acquaintances, yet when the time came to work through the challenges, you were the only one left standing. More than anything else, this is what qualifies you for entrepreneurship.
2. You want to utilize your talents for good
Your business isn’t just a route to financial stability; it’s the way you connect with people and contribute your talents to the community.
1. You have a strong desire to put something valuable out in the world
What better feeling than knowing your individual ideas and efforts have impacted the lives of hundreds or thousands of people? Or that you started from scratch, carefully working your way to a profitable platform you can be proud of? For an entrepreneur, there’s no better feeling.
Did we forget anything? What are some other things only entrepreneurs would understand?
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