A lot of ladies say they want to work for themselves. It sounds so glamorous, so fun, so footloose and fancyfree. No boss! No clocking in at 9:00am! No dressing up for work! No stupid staff meetings! No office politics!
While those are definitely some of the benefits of having your own business, people often forget to acknowledge the reality that you still have to do the work. Freedom is priceless, but it’s not free. You can’t have the freedom of being your own boss if you don’t have any money coming in to support yourself with. And getting that money takes a lot of work. It’s not impossible work, but it is work. And lots of time. Depending on the type of business you have, it can take a long while to even figure out what the work really is.
If you want to work for yourself just because you’re tired of working for someone else, that’s not necessarily enough of a motivation to get up every morning to move your business forward.
And if you’re like me, someone who wants to profit from your passion and expertise, it’s really not the kind of thing where you create this magic wonderful service or product that everyone instantly flocks to just because you told all your Facebook friends about it.
For me, working for myself as an author, speaker, consultant and coach has been a constant process of self-discovery, marketing, testing and learning.
This is not meant to be a discouraging post. Far from it. I believe that working for yourself can be one of the most fulfilling experiences you’ll ever have in your personal and professional life.
But only if you go into it with your eyes open.
There is no instant gratification to starting your own business. There is no get-rich-quick formula to follow. There is no overnight success, baby. I don’t care what the gurus are telling you. It just doesn’t happen that way.
My mom started her personal training and fitness consulting business in 2007, with one client and a blog. It took her four years to get to the six-figure mark, and that only came about so soon because of long hours, smart marketing, and a passion for changing people’s lives.
So if you’re one of those people all hyped up to leave your good job with benefits, just be willing to ask yourself some hard questions. Why do you really want to start your own business? Are you ready to stick with it for the long haul? What’s your plan for supporting yourself in the event that it takes your business a while to start turning a profit? Do you have the discipline it takes to follow-through on reaching your income goals?
These questions are so much more important than the constant focus on being able to work in your pajamas.
Because some days, there is just you and the lonely click of your fingernails on the computer keys, pushing through the resistance to share your gifts with the world.