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 don’t get 100% of my blog’s income, far from it, I’m also a freelance designer on the side of 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…
Starting a business is exhausting, 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 do nothing. 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, unfulfilling, average life since the dawn of time. Today, the current period, is the best time for anyone to start their business. Here are 7 great reasons why starting your own business isn’t as difficult or scary as you think.
For almost 4 years there hasn’t been a day when I’ve been bored. I laugh a little because sometimes I took so much in the face that, well, actually I didn’t have time to be bored. Think of 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 old. 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, salesperson, product creator, 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 don’t know how to touch HTML code…” It is not death, it can be learned…
Before, to advance in your career, to elevate yourself socially, there were always key keepers on the way. Who could refuse just because they didn’t 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. It is so Micro-Enterprise Fair selected me (along with other bloggers) to sponsor their show, doing a bit of promotion for me along the way.
What I mean is that nothing more obligates 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?
Your job is not as secure as you think. Well, except maybe if you’re a civil servant (and again, that may decide in the workforce one day not too far).
The world of work is changing a lot today. You can get fired, the company that works for you can go under.
With entrepreneurship, your security comes from the fact 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’ll never really be happy working for someone else.
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.
Whether you want to create a startup or a solo business, what do you need? A good website (money well invested), year-round hosting and… to start with, that’s enough.
The barriers to entry are very low and the start-up costs minimal – this is what Marc Simoncini says too.
Today, most people can start a business, which would not have been possible 15 years ago. Technological advancements in mobiles, social media have really upped the game.
In my opinion, starting an online business requires only 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).
Above all, you don’t need employees.
This is what blocks many aspiring entrepreneurs: ” I have no idea!!! “. But there are plenty of ideas.
There are also people who have lots of good ideas but do nothing. Then one day someone realized the business they had the idea for… just the idea.
Look at the companies that are being created today, yes, of course there are the big revolutionary Google or Facebook, but look at the small companies (which represent the majority of companies), they are just ideas from before in a little bit better .
It’s about you self-employed entrepreneurs just having to create better, differentiated solutions to everyday problems.
For me, life is not about getting up early, putting flour in the car, sitting at a desk, eating with your colleagues at 12, come back to work until 18. To 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 House of cards until 02.00 I may decide to spend my Friday evening 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 from working. You can work a little on Sunday and take Monday more relaxed.
Don’t get stuck in the mundane repetitions of life.
If you are willing to work hard for it…
On the other hand, stop being crazy… I started, I made zero euros with my business. So months later I was still making zero euros. I invested hundreds of hours to actually learn. But it’s nothing strange. Look at startups, it’s the same, they don’t generate any profit during the first 2-3 years. If there wasn’t an investor who believed in the idea of adding capital, there wouldn’t be a start-up.
But I’m not here to talk about startups. I am focused on small independent business creators, bloggers, freelancers.
The biggest reason people advocate for themselves is that you have no monetary limit to what you can earn.
A freelancer is a bit the same. Even if it is rare to see them earning 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 clients. You are unrestrained.
The great thing about 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 buy you happiness, but it does give you freedom – which is no bad thing.