The Life of an Entrepreneur…WHY BOTHER?

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It’s 6 AM. My alarm goes off, and I feel a famil­iar pit of despair in my stom­ach. I won­der if I con­tin­ue to press snooze for long enough, will I no longer need to go to work today? Alas, I must get up…shower, hair, make-up, suit. Cof­fee, cof­fee, cof­fee. I’m at the edge of late, so I’ll have to run to catch my bus. My heels are in my bag, as I run to join the oth­er tired drones on the bus. I ride for an hour to spend the day doing some­thing I do not love, with peo­ple I wouldn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly choose to spend time with if they weren’t in the cubi­cle next to me, to eat lunch at my desk, or I could go out, but it’s so stress­ful to get back in time for my meet­ing, and (errrrreeeccckk—this is the sound of squeal­ing tires as I halt this sto­ry).

This isn’t my life…well, it’s not my life any­more. Today, I work at home in my PJs. Most days I wake up when I’m done sleep­ing. I exer­cise, make myself some deli­cious break­fast, write in my grat­i­tude jour­nal, and when I’m ready, I start work. My com­mute is 30 sec­onds, I don’t have any make-up on, my hair is in a pony­tail, I work with whomev­er I choose, focus­ing on projects that bring me joy and ful­fill­ment, and most of the time, I love my life.

Hon­est­ly, I think the num­ber-one rea­son to be an entre­pre­neur in some fash­ion is, to quote one of my idols, Aretha Franklin, “Free­dom, oh free­dom, yeah free­dom, peo­ple say FREEDOM!” Please don’t mis­un­der­stand me and think I’m imply­ing that entre­pre­neurs don’t work. In my expe­ri­ence, entre­pre­neurs often work “hard­er” than many employ­ees. But the dif­fer­ence is that it’s in YOUR time, on YOUR sched­ule, with YOUR rules. The dif­fer­ence is that when my niece was born, I could take two weeks off to fly to Col­orado to be with her and my fam­i­ly. I didn’t ask for per­mis­sion, I didn’t take vaca­tion days, I just went. I per­son­al­ly am a work hard/play hard entre­pre­neur. When I work, I am dili­gent and focused and am con­stant­ly striv­ing to pro­vide more and more val­ue in the mar­ket­place and in people’s lives. When I don’t want to work, I don’t. I spend time with the peo­ple I love, I go on total­ly unplugged vaca­tions (no cell phone, no com­put­er), I take class­es, I go to hap­py hour, I go hik­ing, I read, I nap, I travel…you get the pic­ture.

I would also like to take a moment here to talk about full-time vs. part-time entre­pre­neurs. If you want to ful­ly tran­si­tion out of a job you’re not pas­sion­ate about, you can absolute­ly do that. But even if you love your job, or you tru­ly don’t want to give up your job, you can still become at least a part-time entre­pre­neur in some form or fash­ion. Entre­pre­neuri­al­ism is not for every­one, but you won’t know until you try. The extra mon­ey and time free­dom it will afford you can be well worth the effort. Besides, you could find a new call­ing that might sur­prise you. If you have a desire for more time and mon­ey free­dom, if you want more con­trol of your life and your income, then it’s time to have your own busi­ness. That is where more time and mon­ey free­dom come from. They cer­tain­ly don’t come from being a slave to a com­pa­ny or anoth­er per­son.

Why do YOU both­er?  What dri­ves you to be an entre­pre­neur?  I’d love to hear in the com­ments below!

This is an excerpt from Brid­get Brady’s #1 Inter­na­tion­al Best­seller, “Jobs to Jam­mies!”  Get your copy now at JobsToJammies.com.