When I was in college I used to think I would never be one of those people stuck behind a desk at a 9-5 job. I was a film major and the world was my oyster.
Then I graduated and what do you think was the very thing I did? I went and got a 9-5 job of course! Student loans do not pay for themselves…
Now, while I’m super lucky to have always found myself working at great companies with great people, part of me always longed to be my own boss. I desired more freedom over my schedule and more flexibility to travel.
But most of all, I wanted the ability to do what I love and get paid what I felt I deserved for that work.
These are not unique desires. I would imagine most people want these things in some way, shape or form.
So what does it take to go from wishing for these things to actually living the reality?
Starting your own business is an obvious step toward autonomy and career freedom. The question is, do you have what it takes to become an entrepreneur?
3 Signs You’re Ready to Be an Entrepreneur
You never stop learning
Part of being an entrepreneur is identifying problems that potential customers are experiencing and providing solutions. You know that the only way to solve your customer’s problems is to be an expert at (fill in the blank). This means that you dedicate a decent chunk of your hard-earned “free time” towards working on your craft.
There’s nothing wrong with relaxing on evenings and weekends. Everyone deserves a break from work! But you know that you have to master the skills required to provide your potential clients with a valuable solution to their problems. So you spend the necessary time and effort required to practice, hone, perfect whatever it is that you’re passionate about.
Your work day is not over when leave the office
Do you have a full-time job that pays the bills but it’s not what you actually want to be doing? You know that the only way to transition to working for yourself is to keep up the side-hustle (term I lovingly co-opted from the lovely ladies over at the Being Boss Clubhouse).
What’s a side-hustle? This means you’re already getting paid for doing the work on your own time. Getting hired to do what you love is one of the best feelings ever. It gives you the confidence to know that you can turn it into a profitable business. Plus, working on the side might be the only way to build a portfolio, establish yourself as an expert and build trust with potential clients and customers in your desired field.
You’ve got your shit together
Okay so this is totally BS. Because we all know that nobody has their shit together 100% of the time! But it’s still halfway true. When you become your own boss it’s super important to have the capacity to stay on top of a million different things. Some examples of having your shit together include: diligent record-keeping(especially finances!), punctuality, communication, scheduling, project organization, etc. If you are already great at these things, then you will have a much easier time as a business owner. (If you need some help, check out my resources page for some of my favorite tools and resources.)
And that’s just the business side of things. Let’s be honest here. As an entrepreneur, the lines between work and life tend to become blurred. You understand that when it comes to being a successful business owner, your personal health and wellbeing is just as important as the number of clients you have or products your sell. Because YOU are the most valuable part of the business! You take self-care seriously by setting boundaries, taking occasional digital detoxes, eating for health and getting regular exercise. By taking care of yourself physically, you know that you will be better equipped to make your business dreams a reality.
It doesn’t mean you’ve got your shit together all the time…but these things are on your radar and you give it an honest effort.
Think you’re ready to start your own business? Get in touch an let me know what you’re working on!