Who works a 9-5 anymore?! Entrepreneurship is the new wave, and you should strive to be your “own boss.” Yeah, that sounds great and all, but the real tea is that not everyone is meant to be an entrepreneur nor do they want to be… AND THAT’S OKAY!
Firstly, let’s define what an entrepreneur is. According to dictionary.com, it is “a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.” Read the second part of that definition one more time.
In order to be an entrepreneur, one must take on the risk of potentially losing the money they invested into a business that may not be profitable. What’s that saying again? Oh yeah, “In order to make money, you have to spend money.” And if you’re not willing to risk losing all of it, then entrepreneurship may not be right for you.
Then again, money isn’t always the determining factor in whether entrepreneurship is for someone. Some individuals actually enjoy working for a large company, or even working an honest job, like retail, that pays the bills and supports their family.
Raise your hand right now if you’re in college studying to get a degree. Keep your hand raised if the goal after you get your degree is to get a good paying job in your desired career field. Now have your hand remain up if you have in mind a specific company you want to work for. Continue to hold it up if you see yourself owning your own company. I assure you that a plurality of you lowered your hands on the last inquiry. I can guarantee that a majority of you know exactly where you want to go and who you want to work for. All while having absolutely no thought or desire to start your own business. And again, that is okay.
We have “influencers” (*cough cough* B. Simone) shaming individuals who work a 9-5. There is a false belief that only entrepreneurs are hustlers. Only entrepreneurs stay up late at night to work and are stressed out. Only entrepreneurs make “real money.”
(See below to hear her thoughts while on the Nick Cannon Morning show)
However, I know many individuals who work on tasks for their company into the wee morning hours, making a pretty penny for it every two weeks. I also know a lot of entrepreneurs who have invested everything they had to start a business, and ended up in debt with nothing to show for it.
In order to have a successful business, you have to supply a service/good that is heavily needed. When it comes to start up clothing companies, make up and skin care lines etc., believe me when I say that 80% of the people behind them are not creating their own products. They outsource them from foreign countries like China and Indonesia. 90% of clothing lines begin by buying bulk blank items from wholesale retail shops, slapping their logo on the tag and printing a design on the item. They then resell them to you at a higher price. AND THAT’S THE REAL TEA!
A 9-5 is nothing to be ashamed of. A job is a job at the end of the day. Nobody should be shamed for making an honest living that supports the lifestyle they choose to live. If your desire is to work for a company, receive a 401k retirement plan, health benefits, stability…the list can go on, then that’s your prerogative.
If you want to be an entrepreneur and create a business you have in mind, then go do that. No direction is the right or wrong way. It’s your life so live it the way you want to.
And to be honest, if you truly want to be an entrepreneur, be smart and get a 9-5 to fund your business plan.