Could it be that entrepreneurship is now the new 9-5? Well at least for millennials it is. For many years, a 9-5 was the goal. Some could say it was a part of the American Dream. A job that included a slow journey of climbing the ladder within a company, just to obtain a job title that barely puts you in the category of a career.
With freelancing and self-employment on the rise. Could you blame anyone for wanting to take the chance on themselves? Through the media, we get to see what it means to be an entrepreneur from others who share their journeys. Whether they are pursuing entrepreneurship part time or full time, I'd be lying if even I said that the idea of it didn't catch my eye. I’ve followed some fellow creatives ups and down. What you’ll learn is that it’s not going to be an easy road but it’s definitely worth all that comes with the process.
After many early and late night conversations with friends who are taking the chance on themselves, these five tips are what kept circulating around in almost every conversation.
1) What, Why, or Where?
When considering the road to entrepreneurship you need to understand exactly what you're doing and why. This bit of advice is so simple and yet many people don't take it into consideration. Do not slap a title on your social media because you like how it sounds or what the next person is getting out of it. Take the time to do the research. Once you have that knowledge down, try mapping out where you are wanting this new venture to take you. You’re not going to know everything but it’s better to have an idea than nothing at all.
2) Ready or not, here I come
For some, this part may be difficult but I found for me it’s the easiest. Take what you have and start. Do not wait for things to be perfect just to start your race. As your journey goes on, new things will come up or things will change from your original plans. It will all work out in the best interest of you and your success.
3) Rise & Grind
There will be times where you may feel discouraged or even times when you want to give up, DON'T. When these times occur, this is when discipline and perseverance come into play. You're not always going to be motivated, and you must push yourself back into your work. Find or even create your own motivational ways that you can use when this happens. Just remember that whatever you may be feeling is temporary and eventually it will subside.
4) Be Your Biggest Cheerleader
This may be a hard pill to swallow for some but not everyone is going to see the vision you have for yourself or your business. What God has for you is exactly that, for you. When you're excited about something, those around you may not have the same excitement. Don't take it to heart. You’re going to have to love them from a distance, don’t allow their words to fester in your mind or heart. Everyone is not in the same place of life that you may be especially when it comes to entrepreneurship. Sometimes when other's fear taking the risk, they try to discourage you from going after your vision. Whether it's a vision or even an idea you may have, protect it and go after it.
5) When you fall, GET UP
There will times when you or your idea may take a hit, something doesn't work out, or you may feel like it's not good enough. It's not a failure and it's not the end - it's the beginning of something new getting ready to take place. You're not always going to be able to win when you want or how you want. Know and believe that something better is going to happen. Take what doesn't work out and place it to the side for now, because there may come a time when you're going to need it again. Things will happen but it's the perspective you choose and how you plan to handle it.
You can be as great as you want to be if you work for it. As an entrepreneur, it's a life-changing experience. You have the power to create your own success. If entrepreneurship is something you're thinking about doing, DO IT! Now let’s get to work.