The good and the bad
Working on your passion, being able to be your own boss and have the freedom to work from wherever is a dream come true. And this is something, luckily, more and more people do today. And even though there are little downsides to being an entrepreneur, there are some. But they are rarely talked about.
One of them being the lack of income.
Because nobody wants to talk about the hard parts, about the struggles or be perceived as negative. But guess what, being an entrepreneur is not only bliss and rainbows.
When I quit my job and took a part time job instead, to be able to focus half of the week solely on my own company, I knew it would be tough. But it was a choice I made. Nevertheless, getting 10 000 kr less each month when you have bills to pay, a company to run and a life to live. Well, I guess you get the picture.
Still, I have managed pretty good. Amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it. But, life still happens! Like when your mac decides to fall to the floor and injure itself (whyyyy me) or when your tooth needs fixing and half your salary suddenly disappears. Or when you have to travel home several times (and home is the most expensive country in the world). Well, then you’re suddenly not so free and on top of your game anymore.
Which of course brought me to tears yesterday. Because I am so tired of life being portrayed as this fairy tale all the time. Because even though it is amazing, it is also hard. And I work my ass off, but still it is hard to make ends meet.
I rather go broke building my dreams, then just get by living somebody else´s.
At the end of every day, I'm grateful to be able to do what I truly love.
So, after having pulled myself together, I made a little list. A list of the good and the bad, just to portray the reality of how I experience being an entrepreneur.
Controlling your own time
The freedom to plan the day just the way you like it. Like now, when I needed a break and felt like blogging. Or later today when I am off to a Barre class. The fact that I can do as I please, without having to report to someone or be somewhere at a certain time.
Stand up for what you believe in
Being an entrepreneur also gives you the chance to stand up for what you believe in, and spread the word. I have a view on health and wellness that I want to share with the world, and every single day I get to do that. And I get to help people, affect them in a positive way and spread good vibes.
All the amazing people
During this short time, I feel I have met some of the most interesting and inspiring people ever. Many of them also being entrepreneurs like myself, creates a fantastic community and I learn so much. Also, some of those whom I meet share so much energy and happy vibes, which fuels me too.
Having the freedom to do what I want, when I want it and in the way I want it, is priceless. The ability to live where I want or be able to travel whenever I want is also a big plus.
Missing the Benjamins
Suddenly not having so much money coming in on a regular basis both terrifying and a struggle. And like I mentioned earlier, when life happens and your salary can´t handle it. It limits you and no kidding; it sucks.
Always in work mode
Having your own company and being truly passionate about it, makes it hard to really unplug. I probably put in more hours a week then most people I know, and logging off can be a challenge. And since I invested so much time in my business there is a certain underlying pressure to succeed.
Learning to say no
Being all wrapped up in business, friends and loved ones don’t always get my fullest attention. And due to the workload, I also sometimes need to miss out on the fun stuff, and learn to say no.
Being an entrepreneur is a roller coaster ride, with tons of ups and downs. It takes time, dedication and persistence, and you will not always feel on top of the world. But that´s ok too, it is part of it, even though it isn’t always portrayed that way.
Lots of love from Henriette Sophia