Haven’t you heard? All of the cool kids are starting a business these days! Sometimes they even passively aggressively bash W-2 earners. As if they’re in an elite club that makes them better than employees. For the record, I AM an entrepreneur. I run my own writing and editing firm and am here for anyone who needs help bringing a project to life.
But I understand something. Running a business isn’t for everybody. It’s a life changing decision whether you do it part timer or full time. Anyone can come up with an idea for a business and even start it. But can you sustain what you started? If you’re thinking of becoming an entrepreneur, you may want to reconsider if…
February is basically O-V-E-R. I know a lot of people don’t do the resolution thing anymore, but we all should have goals to reach by the end of the year. The excitement has died down all over my news feeds. I don’t see as many positive affirmations or confident posts about the year’s accomplishments to come.
Yeah I know life gets in the way sometimes. But guess what? It always will if you let it. It’s been awhile since I talked about productivity.
If you’ve lost the momentum to follow through on the plans you made earlier this year I have some ideas that could change that.
Millennials have changed the game. The American dream for us isn’t all about getting a good job and house with the white picket fence ASAP. Oh no, not anymore. What do we want? A fulfilling career! When do we want it? NOW! We crave freedom and want to make our money on our own terms. Which is exactly why a lot of us are turning to entrepreneurship.
Building a business isn’t easy. Thankfully we have pioneers to look up to that can help deter some bad decision making. But beware! I’ve yet to come across a one size fits all guide to growing a successful business. Even for my own company, I read books and get advice – but will tweak some of the information to fit my goals. Here are 4 things that I chose not to worry about as I built my writing business.
First things first. In order to even get an interview you must stand out in a sea of applicants. I’ve written some posts already that will help you do just that. Use them for guidance before putting in your next application.
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Alright, you’ve scored big points with the recruiter. Now they’ve invited you to do an interview. I’ve said before that job interviews are a two way street. Today I’m going into how you make that happen.
When I matured, I realized that being successful means different things to different people. Everyone doesn’t want a family or a mansion or even a boatload of money. I’ve met people who are content travelling the world and working minimally just to survive.
Once you decide what success looks like for your life, people will offer you all kinds of advice. Take seminars, pray, go to college, invest in the stock market – any of this sounding familiar to you? Oh, and don’t you just love it when someone who has never prospered at anything tries to tell you what to do? Yeah, me too.
“Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” Chris Grosser.
From experience I can say that being successful is an ongoing balancing act. It’s not one of those things that just happens – like the common cold and growing old (hey, that rhymes!).
No, success is much more evasive!
If you want success you have to earn it. Maybe you want more money, more connections, more acres of land or other things. But you’re stuck. Why is that, you ask?