OFFICE LIFE – I started in 2011. I had quit my job, I was unemployed, and I started blogging, with the crazy idea of starting a business around it. Today I do not get 100% of my blog revenue, far from it, I am also a freelance designer next to this blog. But I created the life I wanted. An independent life where I trade 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. This is why I believe that an independent entrepreneur should mix business (for products that take a long time to develop) and freelance (services that can be delivered immediately).
There are those who will not do anything. And there are those who will believe it, be a little crazy, who will act, and who in a few months or years will find themselves with their business and the freedom to live as they see fit.
“I do not 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, unfulfilled, average life since the dawn of time. Today, the current period, is the best time for anyone to start their business. Here are 7 good reasons why starting your own business is not as difficult or scary as you think.
1. Adventure, variety and deadly boredom help you succeed
For almost 4 years now, there has not been a day that I have been bored. I laugh a little because I sometimes took so much in my face that yes, in fact, I did not have time to get bored. Think about the race for customers, the barely paid invoices … But there are also all the good sides.
Before I was hired, from 22-23 to 30 years. I was bored to death. Literally. There is nothing exciting about standing behind a desk for 20, 30, 40 years of your life.
Being an entrepreneur allows you to wear many hats. You can become a manager, marketer, designer, manager, accountant, SEO, salesman, product maker, etc … You have the opportunity to master new skills and become more mature in a lot of areas of life.
But of course most will say “But I do not know how to touch HTML code …” It’s not death, it can be learned …
2. It’s the end of the key holders
Before, to move forward in your career, to elevate yourself socially, there were always key keepers on the way. Who could refuse just because they did not like your face. There was no social media back then. No blogs.
In the digital age, key holders 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 it is Micro-Enterprise Fair selected me (along with other bloggers) to sponsor their show, and do a bit of promotion for me along the way.
What I mean is that nothing more obliges you to do 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 is not as secure as you think
Your job is not as secure as you think. Well except maybe if you are a civil servant (and again, it can determine in the workforce one day not so far).
The world of work is changing a lot today. You may be fired, the company that works for you may go under.
With entrepreneurship comes your reassurance that you are your own boss, you are in charge. No one better will come to replace you. So anyway, if you have an entrepreneurial itch, you will never be really happy working for someone else.
4. You can start a business with not even 2000 euros
Entrepreneurship has never been easier than it is today. Honestly, what do you have to lose? Okay, okay, time. Not even that, because the entrepreneurial experience and skills you develop are a huge asset for the rest of your career. So what do you lose, money? Not even.
What do you need, whether you want to start a startup or a solo business? A good website (well invested money), hosting all year round and … to start with is enough.
Barriers to entry are very low and start-up costs are minimal – so is Marc Simoncini.
Today, most people can start a business, which would not have been possible 15 years ago. Technological advances in mobile, social media have really lifted the game.
In my opinion, it only takes a few “big” expenses to start an online business: a graphic designer for a logo and business card (maybe 300 euros), a professional website with a designer (1000-1500 euros for a basic site), web hosting (30 euros / year).
Above all, you do not need employees.
5. Good business ideas are everywhere
This is what blocks many aspiring entrepreneurs: ” I have no idea!!! “. But there are lots of ideas.
There are also people who have lots of great ideas but do nothing. Then one day someone realized the company they had the idea for … just the idea.
Look at the companies that are being created today, yes, of course there are the big revolutionaries Google or Facebook, but look at the small companies (which represent the majority of the companies), these are just ideas from before in a little better.
It’s about you self-employed entrepreneurs just having to create better, differentiated solutions to everyday problems.
6. You make your own schedules and can live humanly
For me, life is not about getting up early, getting flour in the car, sitting at a desk, eating with your colleagues at. 12, get back to work until 6 p.m. 18, and then go home on autopilot. 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 see Korthus until 02.00 I may decide to spend my Friday night working 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 3pm because you are tired of working. You can work a little on Sundays, and take Monday more relaxed.
Do not get caught up in the worldly repetitions of life.
7. No more boundaries: you can create wealth
If you are willing to work hard for it …
On the other hand, stop being crazy … I started, I earned zero euros with my business. So months later I was still earning zero euros. I invested hundreds of hours to actually learn. But that’s not strange. Look at start-ups, it is the same, they generate no profit during the first 2-3 years. If there was no investor who believed in the idea of raising capital, there would be no start-up.
But I’m not here to talk about startups. I’m focused on the creators of small independent businesses, bloggers, freelancers.
The biggest reason why people go into business for themselves is that you have no money limit on what you can earn.
A freelancer is a bit of the same. Although it is rare to see them earn more than 50-70,000 € / year in France. But you can start at € 18-19,000 and quickly increase your prices as you gain experience and find better customers. You are uninhibited.
The great thing about entrepreneurship is that in order to earn more, you do not have to make office policies. No one to impress. Not responsible to a boss. You do not have to put your dreams aside.
Money may not buy happiness, but it does give you freedom – which is not bad.
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