There is the glorified image of owning a business, being your own boss and being in control…. Sorry to burst your bubble, but it is not as flashy and glamorous as it is looks. I took this path five years ago, and I wished someone had told me these six things before I took the jump! Here’s what I learned:
1. You can never be the best boss ever.
As social media posts say, "You can't please everyone, you're not a Nutella jar." That's so true darlings! Be the boss you wish you had. Be nice, appreciative, respectful, professional and a role model.
2. Not everyone has your passion and motivation.
I learned this the hard way. Don't expect your team members to be as passionate and dedicated as you are. They might share part of your passion, but they do have fixed working hours, while you don’t!
3. The guilt is endless.
As a startup owner, your priority for the first few years is your baby, AKA your company. If you go out at night or act lazy for a few hours, your guilt trips start to kick in, because you'd rather be working and focusing on your company instead of having fun.
4. If you don't do it, no one else will do it for you.
In any organization, the job that's usually never done by someone gets done by the manager, or the manager delegates the task to someone else.
5. Yes, you can sleep an hour in!
But that's only when you’re working for late hours. If your life is anything like mine, a client, an employee or a supplier is definitely waking you up before your alarm does.
6. You will hit rock bottom and consider quitting.
But wait a second; you just can’t quit your own business! You take a deep breath, and realize that all this is completely, totally, ultimately, worth it! Especially, if you’re passionate about what you do and can’t see yourself doing anything else.