There’s this misconstrued belief that “doing your own thang” (i.e., being a business owner) means you have gobs of time to pursue your passion. But what non-entrepreneurs don’t understand (and frankly, what I didn’t understand when I set off on this solopreneurial path) is that owning a business is all-consuming. There’s, of course, the work itself – what you’re making, creating, building, selling. But if you’re not doing the work, you’re chasing it. And if you’re not chasing it, you’re working behind the scenes – the bookkeeping, hiring, firing, tax filing, contracting, invoicing, collecting, benefits administering. And when all of that’s said and done, your brain is constantly thinking about what’s next – which clients do I want? What should I create? Where’s the next paycheck coming from?
But the beauty of Your Own Thang is that you definitely have more flexibility than the nine-to-fivers when it comes to scheduling your time. So you can choose to build in time for passion projects. You might have to also choose to make less money (I did). Or give up part of your evenings or weekends (I didn’t). But you get to choose. And having options means you have control – over your time, your life, your work. YOU DO. So take the reins and make it rain.
Read more in my latest post for CAKE&WHISKEY.