Full Time Entrepreneurship is NOT for Everyone

 

Have you ever been told that in order to be successful in entrepreneurship you have to go all in, quit your 9 to 5 job, and focus every ounce of your energy on building that biz? If so, you are not alone. I see comments like this daily in the online space. But I am here to tell you something different…big surprise, right? It’s 100% OKAY if you want to be a part time entrepreneur or keep your job and be an employee! Let’s talk about it.

 

Not everyone is cut out for entrepreneurship.

And that’s okay. It’s okay to not want to be an entrepreneur full time, or to admit that maybe you’ve tried it and it’s not necessarily for you full time. Maybe you’ve been at it for a while and you’re just not feeling it anymore. Regardless, the key takeaway is that it’s okay. 

I was actually having this conversation with my hairdresser. She now works in a salon, but she used to own a salon for 30 years. I asked her if she missed being a salon owner. Without missing a beat she said, “Not one bit. I don’t miss owning my own business at all.” She loves being able to come into the salon she works at and just go to work. For her it was all about being about to serve her clients and the best way without having to worry about all the stuff that comes with owning a business.

This is what I mean by not everybody is cut out to be an entrepreneur. I think more people need to hear that. More people need to give themselves permission to hear that. 

 

It’s okay even if you want to explore part time entrepreneurship.

There’s so much pressure to go full time in the online space as a freelancer. You hear people say all the time that you have to quit your job to fulfill the American dream of entrepreneurship. But you know what? It is really hard to be a business owner, especially in the first four years. I’m now in my fifth year full time, and it’s still hard. Entrepreneurship still presents a new set of challenges for me. There’s just every level of growth. It’s not like it ever gets easier.

You have to be ready to handle everything that comes at you. There’s always something that’s going to come up that you have to constantly be ready to handle. Sometimes you just want to do what you’re good at. You can do what you’re good at, have a job, and be very well compensated for it.

 

It’s okay to have a job and be a part time entrepreneur.

I had a job alongside my business for the first 3.5 years. So, 2021 was the first year that I was 100% full time. If you’re in your first 1-4 years, and there’s a financial burden that’s coming up and you’re feeling super overwhelmed with that, know that it’s okay to go find a part time job. It’s even okay to get a full time job and convert your business part time. 

Nobody needs to know that. It’s your business. Nobody even knew I worked part time. Because it wasn’t their business. The same is true for you. If you feel like you need to get a job to support your family, I’m here to tell you that it’s okay.

 

The decision is yours. 

But I just want you to hear that it’s okay. If you just want to execute on your passion and have somebody else carry  the burden of entrepreneurship, it’s okay if you want to have a job. It still allows you to be passionate about something while also not having the financial stress of entrepreneurship. 

 

Is entrepreneurship for you? 

If you’re feeling defeated by entrepreneurship because you had a bad day, then I’m going to tell you to never quit on a bad day. But if you’re feeling defeated by it because you just are sick of having to wear all the hats and it’s really taking away from your passion, then maybe entrepreneurship isn’t for you. 

My hairdresser said she felt like she could never be fully present behind the chair for her clients because she constantly had all these other things on her mind. And if you’re feeling like that and you just want to be fully present, then maybe it’s okay to just go and be fully present in a job. 

Don’t feel defeated by that. Please don’t feel like it makes you anything less than. It does not make you any less of a person, any less of an entrepreneur, or any less of an expert, if you don’t want to carry all the overhead and the burden of entrepreneurship. The choice is ultimately yours and yours alone.

 

I know this is an unpopular opinion. 

But I’m here to tell you. Not everybody is cut out for full time entrepreneurship. It’s not for the faint of heart nor is it the easiest of journeys. And it’s okay if you don’t want to be on that journey. So take this for what it is. Just know that you can still be an expert, live the life of your dreams, and fulfill your passion in ways outside of entrepreneurship if you don’t love being an entrepreneur.

 

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