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I am currently in the throws of working on February releases and getting a few videos up for my YouTube channel. A part of me loves how the beginning months of the year seem to pass a little slower than the ending months. Anyhow, I wanted to take some time to talk realistically on why it may not be a good idea to completely dive in to your new business. Granted, this doesn’t apply to all small businesses, but it is something to think about.
It wasn’t till I started working in the corporate world did I realize that I hated working for someone else. I had always struggled to explain exactly why I was frustrated and it wasn’t until recently did I figure it out. Simply put – I don’t want to put my skills/efforts towards building someone else’s empire. When I finally said those words, it encapsulated what I was feeling for the past three years. It wasn’t that I was struggling with authority, or I was getting bored. I pour all of me into a job that benefits some multi-millionaire and I’m left with nothing. I wanted to create my own “empire” and legacy.
Once I started my business and finally figured out why I have been so frustrated at work, I was left with a decision to make. Do I stay at my 8-5 while trying to juggle everything else, or do I take a leap and dive solely into my small business while I take a part-time job on the side? As you’re reading this, you might be thinking – easy, focus on your business. Invest the time and grow it, but the reality is, I have a mortgage, car payments, and everything else that comes along with “adulting.” As supportive as my fiancé is, I don’t feel comfortable with putting majority of the financial burden on him. We currently split it 50/50.
Unfortunately, I know it’s like this for a lot of entrepreneurs out there. Our standard jobs fund our business. At this point, I was honestly hoping that my blog and Youtube channel would be generating some type of income to supplement themselves, but they are nowhere near that. Sometimes, these are the sacrifices that must be made, because I don’t want to drown myself in debt. I’ve seen it happen to too many individuals and even my family, and I don’t want that debt to be my legacy.
I buckle down and work. I grind out long hours to make this intangible dream a reality. I picture that day when I wake up, and I step into my “office,” and design/create. I dream of the day where I can focus on my blog, YouTube and shop. I dream of the day where I don’t have to fit my vacation days around other people’s schedules. I dream of the day where I can provide my sisters with a job. I dream of the day where I can be there for my family without worrying about how many vacation days I have. I dream of all of these things, but most importantly, I dream of being my own boss and creating something that brings someone else a little brightness and joy in their day.