I’m Not an Entrepreneur

I don’t have that drive -- that  100% devotion and willingness  to sacrifice everything else in my  life for my business {the ponytail diaries}

I have a confession to make.

I am absolutely, unequivocally, most certainly NOT an entrepreneur.

It’s trendy to be one these days, at least in many internet circles.

“What do you do?”

“I’m an entrepreneur.” or “I’m a serial entrepreneur.”

WTF is that exactly?

I don’t have that drive that entrepreneurs talk about — the thrill they get from working themselves to exhaustion for their business, their love for all-nighters, their 100% devotion and willingness to sacrifice everything else in their life for their business. Their ability to always be “on” — on their phone, on networking opportunities, on schmoozing and maximizing every opportunity to build their business.

So not me.

In truth, I so wish I could be happy, or at least satisfied, with a typical cubicle-dwelling desk job. That I could get paid a reasonable salary to show up, clock in, do my work, clock out, and then go about my “real life” — without my work interfering with it or taking up any more than 40 hours a week. I love — capital L-O-V-E LOVE — getting a regular paycheck.

But I realized early on that I’m not one for the corporate lifestyle. I have literally no desire to play office politics or climb the ladder. I don’t covet the corner office in the least. And, unfortunately, a job that allows you to draw a neat, predictable line between “work life” and “home life” doesn’t exist. Especially not in what was shaping up to be my career (marketing).

And I hated, hated, hated not having any control over my schedule. Having to ask permission to go see my family for a couple days. Taking weekend trips and only being able to fly when plane tickets are the most expensive. Squeezing in my errands when everyone else is. Sacrificing my weekends to cleaning and apartment maintenance.

Which is why I have no option but to freelance and work for myself. As much as the business side of it goes against my nature, I’m figuring out how to make it work. My own way.

 

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2 thoughts on “I’m Not an Entrepreneur

  1. This is so great! I am 100% with you on everything you said about the corporate job life – especially the schedule part. Only 2 weeks a year to be able to go home and see my family, not to mention all of the other places I want to go? No thanks!

    Every freelance career is different and that’s what makes it so awesome. The beauty of working for yourself is that you get to make it up, and you can create whatever life you want that makes YOU happy. Sound like you’re doing just that. Good on you!

    • Thank you! I was lucky enough to grow up with parents who were able to take a good deal of time off — my mom is a teacher, so she always had summers “off” (plus winter and spring breaks), and my dad is self-employed and successful enough that taking vacations wasn’t too challenging for him. So when I started working at a “real” job and realized I only had two weeks a year to see my family, see my husband’s family, and try to fit in our own trips and vacations, I was…not pleased.

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