What I'm Learning 6 Months into Full-Time Entrepreneurship
It’s been 6 months since leaving my office job to pursue event things full-time. Let me tell you, it’s been a rollercoaster. I’ve had a taste of the beautiful benefits that come with this lifestyle, and I’m also not too proud to say I’m in the midst of seeing the intensely difficult side of this career path. I knew this new journey would be wild, but I had no idea that in additional to learning about business, I would learn about myself, spirituality, mental health, and a bunch in between.
In quick list form, I want to share what I’m learning at the 6 months mark. Through everything, I’m incredibly grateful to be developing as a person with each lesson. If you’d like me to elaborate on any of these points (I’d be more than happy to), let me know in the comments and I’ll definitely write an individualized blog post about it. Let’s get into it!
Time is money and I have more to learn about productivity. I just read Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity and it’s a real game changer. Will keep you updated on how it changes things!
I am a sensitive person, which has its pros and cons in business. Wonderful for relationship and community building, not great when unexpected obstacles inevitably come about.
Never depend on a client. I can only depend on myself to be financially responsible, because at the end of the day, I can’t control other people. Multiple. Streams. Of. Income. Always.
Being a business-owner can be lonely. Only 14% of Americans are doing it.
Controlling my time is the ultimate prize. Being able to visit my family and take vacations without requesting off fulfills my heart like no other.
I thrive in project-based work. Events and special projects keep my mind agile, excited, and motivated. The intensity of entrepreneurship definitely fits well with my driven personality.
As cliche as it is, patience is a virtue. I often get overzealous with ideas or big picture concepts, but I must remember to build up to it. I can’t do everything at once. When I do get there, it’ll feel good to know I’ve earned it and enjoyed the process!
I must be careful with my energy. Now more than ever, I manifest back the energy I’m emanating. If I’m having an off day, it’s crucial to coax myself back into a better mindset because it will effect my work, my interactions, and ultimately my business.
Balancing day to day duties, business development, and personal development is essential for overall business growth.
Mentors are important. Talking to, emailing, eating with, and getting to know people who are more successful than me have proven to be invaluable. (Not sure how to meet someone? Some tips in an earlier blog post about networking!)
This is the tip of the iceberg, but I hope sheds light on what my journey thus far. It’s challenging me in ways I didn’t expect, but I’ve still never been happier. Again, let me know down below if you’d like me to elaborate on any of the above. Talk to you soon!
Photos by Barbarah Perttula.