Most people I talk to these days daydream of running their own businesses and being their own bosses. Usually, it stems from not being happy with where they are in their career life. When you’re putting in that 8+ hours a day at a place that you find draining and unfulfilling, starting a fashion line or running an event planning firm can start to look downright doable.
But as glamorous as being your own boss might be, it can be a total disaster for the entrepreneur who didn’t see the real work coming.
Here are three questions you can ask yourself to determine if that boss chick life is really for you.
1. Are you trivializing the work and the time it will take to be successful?
Contrary to popular belief, if you think running your own business will afford you tons more personal time for vacays and sleeping in and mid-day brunches, you’re in for a major disappointment. The fact is that on the road to building the empire that would allow you to take a step back, you’re probably in for some pretty brutal 12, 14, 16 hour days. And while you may not have to get your vacation time approved by your boss, you’ll certainly need to have it approved by your bank account. There are many luxuries that come with running your own business. Time is not one of them.
2. Do you eat, live, breathe what it is that you’re going into?
Because you will have to. If you can’t imagine yourself being in this industry, dealing with these clients, working in this sector for the long haul, then you won’t be in it long enough to reap the rewards of sowing those initial seeds. Besides, when you’re facing the multitude of obstacles that will inevitably be in your way as you start this incredible journey, sometimes, it’s sheer passion that’ll push you through. If you don’t have it, you won’t make it.
3. Are you ready for what may be the biggest risk of your entire adult life?
Unless you’ve borrowed a small million dollar loan from your dad, or gotten yourself a side hustle as a sugar baby, chances are when those biweekly deposits stop rolling in (but the bills, miraculously, don’t), you’ll have a moment of panic. Make sure you’re in a position in your life where you’re ready to take on that risk. Planning and patience is key, but a steel resolve to get over that hump is going to be critical too.
While being at a place you don’t want to be can often be the catalyst to necessary change, particularly in our career paths, it’s much more important to have a clear and realistic vision of where it is that you want to be before making that critical step forward. So get serious, and get to business! #PRETTYGIRLSWORK