OFFICE LIFE – I started in 2011. I quit my job, was unemployed and started blogging, with the crazy idea of starting a business around it. Nowadays I don’t get 100% of the income from my blog, far from it, I am also a freelance designer besides this blog. But I created the life I wanted. An independent life, where I do business with whoever I want. It’s really starting to look like freedom…
It is exhausting to start a business, it takes so much time and energy. That’s why I think that a self-employed person should mix business (for products that take a long time to develop) and freelancing (instantly deliverable services).
There are those who will do nothing. And there are those who will believe it, be a little crazy, who will act, and in a few months or years will find themselves with their business and the freedom to live as they see fit.
“I don’t know how to do it”† “I do not have enough money”† “I do not have time”, these excuses, I hear them constantly. These are excuses for living a mediocre, unsatisfactory, average life since the dawn of time. Today, the current period, is the best time for everyone to start their business. Here are 7 great reasons why starting your own business isn’t as difficult or scary as you think.
1. Adventure, variety and killing boredom will help you succeed
For almost 4 years I have not been bored for a day. I laugh a little because sometimes I got so much in the face that, yes, indeed, I didn’t have time to get bored. Think of the race for customers, the barely paid invoices… But there are also all the good sides.
Before I was employed, from 22-23 to 30 years old. I was bored to death. Literal. There’s nothing exciting about sitting behind a desk for 20, 30, 40 years of your life.
As an entrepreneur, you can wear many hats. You can become a manager, marketer, designer, manager, accountant, SEO, salesperson, product designer, etc. You will have the opportunity to master new skills and mature in many areas of life.
But of course most people will say “But I don’t know how to touch HTML code…” It’s not death, it can be learned…
2. It’s the End of the Key Keepers
Back in the day, to get ahead in your career, to elevate yourself socially, there were always key keepers on the go. They might refuse just because they didn’t like your face. There was no social media then. No blogging.
In the digital age, key keepers have lost their power. You have direct access to consumers: those who care really the scores.
And if you have access to consumers, and they like what you do, then you become relevant. That’s how the Micro-Enterprise Scholarship selected me (along with other bloggers) to sponsor their show, and do a little promotion for me along the way.
What I mean is that nothing forces you to do anymore their way. In the 21st century you can do your way.
What are you waiting for to create your own connections, your network?
3. Your job isn’t as safe as you think
Your job is not as safe as you think. Well, except maybe if you’re a civil servant (and again, it may someday not decide that far in the workforce).
The world of work is changing a lot these days. You could be fired, the company that works for you could go under.
In entrepreneurship, your security comes from the fact that you are your own boss, you are in control. No one better will come to replace you. Either way, if you’re entrepreneurial, you’ll never be really happy working for someone else.
4. You can start a business with less than 2000 euros
Running a business has never been easier than it is now. Be honest, what have you got to lose? Okay, okay, time. Not even that, because the entrepreneurial experience and skills you develop will be a huge asset for the rest of your career. So what are you losing, money? Not even.
What do you need, whether you want to set up a startup or a solo venture? A good website (well invested), hosting all year round, and… for starters, that’s enough.
The entry barriers are very low and the starting costs minimal – Marc Simoncini also says.
Today most people can start a business, which would not have been possible 15 years ago. Technological advancements in mobile phones, social media have really taken the game to the next level.
In my opinion, starting an online business only requires a few “big” expenses: a graphic designer for a logo and business cards (maybe 300 euros), a professional website with a designer (1000-1500 euros for a basic site), web hosting (30 euros/year).
Most importantly, you don’t need staff.
5. Good business ideas are everywhere
This is what blocks many aspiring entrepreneurs: ” I have no idea!!! “† But ideas enough.
There are also people who have a lot of good ideas, but do nothing. One day someone realized what company they had the idea for… just the idea.
Look at the companies being created today, of course there are the big revolutionaries Google or Facebook, but look at the small companies (which represent the majority of companies), these are just ideas from the past in a little bit better.
It’s about you independent entrepreneurs who simply create better, differentiated solutions to everyday problems.
6. You make your own schedules and can live humanely
To me, life isn’t about waking up early, putting flour in your car, sitting at a desk, having dinner with your coworkers at noon, going back to work until 6pm and then going home on autopilot. , to start the same pattern. again the next day. No, life is smoother than that.
We need freedom. I can work very hard for a client, 13-14 hours a day, for 1 or 2 weeks. But I can also have empty weeks, 20 hours of work. you can watch House of cards until 2 a.m. I can decide to spend my Friday evening on my future product. You can take 3 days to visit Sydney. You can spend time with your children, your family. You can take a nap at 3 p.m., because you are tired from work. You can work a little on Sunday and take a more relaxed Monday.
Don’t get caught up in the mundane repetition of life.
7. No More Limit: You Can Generate Wealth
If you’re willing to work hard for it…
On the other hand, you have to stop delirious… I started, I made zero euros with my company. Months later, I was still making zero dollars. I invested hundreds of hours to really learn. But, it’s nothing strange. Look at start-ups, it’s the same, they don’t make a profit for the first 2-3 years. If there wasn’t an investor who believed in the idea of injecting capital, there wouldn’t be a start-up.
But I’m not here to talk about start-ups. I’m targeting small independent business creators, bloggers, freelancers.
The biggest reason people go into business for themselves is that you don’t have a money limit on what you can earn.
A freelancer is a bit the same. Even though you rarely see them earning more than €50-70,000/year in France. But you can start at $18-19,000 and quickly increase your rates as you gain more experience and find better clients. You are unbridled.
The beauty of entrepreneurship is that to earn more, you don’t have to do office politics. No one to impress. Not accountable to a boss. You don’t have to put your dreams aside.
Money may not make you happy, but it does give you freedom – which isn’t bad.
This post was also published on the blog Libres-et-heureux.com
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