Being a business owner and working for yourself seems to be a hot topic in 2020. In the age of social media, most of what you see is a highlight reel, not the whole picture.
People don’t share their lows or their worst days on social media, and it creates a false perception that their lives are perfect.
As a business owner myself, I can tell you that’s just not the reality. It’s not the reality for any regular person, but as a business owner, there is a lot that is left off of social media.
Now, I am in no way discouraging you from becoming a business owner or working for yourself - it’s talked up so much for a reason! But it’s better to be aware of some of the struggles you may face ahead of time, so you can be prepared and have an easier time overcoming them.
I mean, that’s really what my Facebook community - The Rite Type Coaching Group is all about, business owners helping each other out. We’d love it if you joined!
You may go on Instagram and see tons of people working for themselves, living their best life, at least that is how it’s portrayed on social media. But that didn’t exactly happen overnight.
Working for yourself often means starting from scratch, and building from the ground up, which can sometimes take a long time before it becomes profitable.
One of the greatest things about working for yourself means unlimited vacation and flexible working hours! But sometimes, that means that the balance of work and life becomes very blurred and hard to gauge.
Sure, you can take a week off whenever you like, but if you’re running the entire business by yourself that means you may need to work double hours the week before or after, just to keep things running.
Flexible working hours are great for if you’re the kind of person who likes to work in blocks of time, take a break, and continue working. Keep in mind though, that the “working hours” definition gets kind of messy, and you may find yourself working at odd hours that you normally wouldn’t.
Again, I don’t want to discourage you from starting a business or working for yourself; it absolutely comes with many benefits. However, like anything else, it also comes with challenges, and it’s always helpful to start something knowing those challenges upfront.
And even if you have faced some of these challenges already, just know that success is not possible without some sort of growth opportunity. Trust me though, it will all be worth it in the end!
Kate is an INFJ-3 on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Enneagram.