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“Stop Romanticizing Entrepreneurship” – Part One

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I hardly ever use Twitter because I strongly believe it’s the most toxic social media platform but I was scrolling through my feed today and I saw a tweet that hit me hard; It says, “Stop romanticizing entrepreneurship. Not everyone can or wants to own a business. Stop making people feel *bleep* cos they work a 9-5 or want to work one. Owning a business isn’t light work like you guys want it to seem.”

I feel like this is a tweet worth the chatter.

I am an entrepreneur yet I strongly believe this because every occupation is necessary. If everybody becomes an entrepreneur who will do other jobs?

I do understand the context of this post though because social media glorifies entrepreneurship.

I am surrounded by people who own several types of businesses; ain’t nothing wrong with that.

I had one close friend tell me 2 years ago that said he had no interest whatsoever in owning a business, he wants to go to work, do his time, collect his money and go about his life.

I’m going, to be honest, this was very strange to me because I have never once met someone who spoke like that.

For a split second, I thought Blasphemy

But he managed to convince me that he was not interested in that route and I respected his decision.

As you can see, I still think about that conversation.

A lot of people only want to become an entrepreneur because they see us making six figures

, working on our own time, driving nice cars or toys and living a life of freedom. There are pros to becoming an entrepreneur and I will never discourage anyone from pursuing their dreams. But what y’all don’t see is the work that is put into living a life such as what is posted on the media. 

You see, there is a quote that says, “Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week.”

What do you think this means?

In a nutshell, it means that entrepreneurs work more hours a week than someone that does a 9-5. So your complaining about your 9-5 right now right? Imagine working from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm every day? Imagine giving up sleep to respond to customers or plan content for your social media, doing your taxes? Doing stock-taking, researching, and negotiating with suppliers?

On top of all that work, your income is not guaranteed because you can do all that work and not one person shops for you, which means no money. This can happen for weeks, months, even years because you can’t force anyone to buy from you only convince them that they need what you sell and you are the best person to buy this product from even though there are more experienced sellers in your niche.

Let’s talk about the fact that now you are the boss. Yayyy, you’ve finally made it to your freedom.

As a boss you are now in control of all the departments it takes to run the business, this includes:

  1. Customer Service
  2. Marketing
  3. Sales
  4. Social Media
  5. Delivery
  6. Accounting & Finance
  7. Purchasing 
  8. Research and Development
  9. Legal Team 
  10. Tax Team

Do any of the above departments seem like they are not necessary? C’mon be honest with me now.

 We will continue this in another article. Comment below for part two 🙂

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Entrepreneurship is not an easy path, but the journey is well worth the adversity in the way.