This is one of those phrases that you either absolutely love or you despise with every ounce of your being:
“It’s about the journey, not the destination.”
Now, I can make arguments for either side. For the people who love it, it’s a reminder to slow down and enjoy the little moments in life. For those who hate it, it feels like an excuse to procrastinate and never actually get anywhere in life.
Well, owning your own business is most definitely a journey, so buckle up.
And the truth that no one tells you beforehand is… sometimes owning your own business sucks.
(Or maybe someone DID tell you that, but you chose to ignore them. Either way, it’s okay because we’re all in this together.)
"It's not all sunshine and rainbows."
Starting and running your own business can be a wonderful thing. It frees you from the ties that bind in corporate America. You get to be your own boss, set your own hours, control your own destiny.
But it is not all sunshine and rainbows.
Here’s the thing, I am not condoning whining and pouting about how tough life can be; however, I do think it’s important to talk openly about the stresses we all face so that we can manage them appropriately. Because trust me, if you don’t, this beautiful creature that is the business world will chew you up and spit you out before anyone even realizes your website is gone.
So as you travel along this journey – whether you’re just getting started or already down the path – it’s important to have peers, mentors, colleagues, whomever, that you can talk to along the way. You need someone who understands what it’s like juggling clients, deadlines, invoices, emails, social media, and oh yeah, your family would still like to see you sometimes, too.
If you’re not careful, your business can turn into a giant black hole that sucks up all your time and energy. What starts out as something you’re passionate about can soon turn into something you dread. You have to not only nurture your business, but also nurture yourself and your personal relationships as well.
"Owning a business can be the best decision you've ever made."
Now, it’s not all doom and gloom. When done correctly, owning a business can be the best decision you’ve ever made. It can offer you freedom, flexibility, a reliable income, and maybe even a road map to the ultimate destination… comfortable retirement.
So yes, this journey is a difficult one. Some days are going to be harder than others, and then some days are going to be even harder than that. But if you do your homework, listen to some good advice, align yourself with the right people, and follow a great game plan, you will find that the journey truly is the best part.
Where are you at on your business journey? Are you flying high or stuck in the suck? Tell us about it in the comments below!
I am a working mom with a degree in Business Administration. My career passions include hunting down pesky commas and exploring the dark underbelly of Microsoft Word. I live to edit and edit to live!
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