“Many people wonder what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. I am often told “You’re so lucky to run your own business! You work from home, do cool work, don’t have a boss, and get to be like a titan of industry or something.”
Yes – I do love being an entrepreneur but a few things need to be clarified about the lifestyle. If you want to know what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur, grab your coffee and settle in – I’m about to take you behind the secret curtain. Warning: it’s *not* like being the guy in the picture about to board the plane.
First – I’m not “lucky” to be an entrepreneur. I bust my ass every day to do it. I’ve earned being an entrepreneur and all the benefits that go along with it. Luck is where preparation meets opportunity and being an entrepreneur requires tons of preparation.
Second – I do have a boss. Two, actually. Their names are Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and the United States Treasury. They take pretty much half of everything I make. Unlike most bosses in corporate America, they’re not very forgiving when I miss budget…
Now, as far as the average day in the life of an entrepreneur, it’s not always as glamorous as it’s made out to be in all these tech blogs, magazines, and books. And working from home isn’t the highly productive and totally chillaxed lifestyle most people believe it to be. To debunk some of these common myths and misconceptions, here’s a look at an average day for me. It’s an aggregation of many real events:
5:25AM – wake up.
5:27 – day-old coffee heated up. Time to rock.
5:28 – read the news including critical blogs like FailBlog.org, FreakJet.com, and textsfromlastnight.com. Get suckered into watching a Yahoo “news” video that is falsely labeled as a news exclusive but it’s actually some lame attempt at comedy.
6:03 – personal hygiene. You gotta look pretty if you want to be a titan of industry! (Some mornings this part takes longer if I’ve ignored shaving for several days or if I need a longer shower to wake me up).
6:23 – email catch-up. Delete all Viagra, Nigerian inheritance, Canadian pharmacy, penny stock gazillionaire, and parental spam emails. Respond to the one “real” email in the pile with “Okay. I can push our coffee back to 9:30.”
7:17 – clean up Gunner’s dog vomit (Gunner is my Jack Russell Terrier. Elapsed time: 10 minutes. It was a lot of vomit).
7:27 – begin working on an urgent client proposal that the client wants immediately.
7:38 – stop working on urgent proposal because kids next door are waiting for the bus and while they do, they bounce 647 basketballs simultaneously while screaming at the top of their lungs.
8:27 – almost done with urgent client proposal
Mike is the Founder and Managing Director of thoughtLEADERS, LLC. He is also the author of One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership
You can reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org