Earlier I was reading an article where this person listed out the best and worst parts of being an entrepreneur. It made me think, as I have been a part of a start up business, I have a few 10 key pointers of the best and worst.
The BEST parts:
- You have a say in what goes down (like, policies – rules – hours – etc).
- You DO NOT have to clean up someone else’s mess. (Like, if you were a manager going in and cleaning up previous manager’s wrong doings. That sort of thing.)
- It’s not a corporate office, so dress and how you act isn’t acted upon with walking on nails around either your customers or other employees.
- No one really knows if something doesn’t work (only you and who you hired to work with you). You make it, break it and fix it and then make it work even better.
- Working around people who have a passion and possibly what you like to do.
- Doing what you like to be doing.
- Working with people you like.
- Location, being comfortable in office.
- Seeing the accomplishments of the store AND personal goals exceeded.
- Seeing the result in the end…knowing that we made it and it is successful.
The WORST parts:
- When you plan and things don’t go as smoothly as possible.
- Throwing yourself fully into the job and having to choose between work more for work or sacrifice personal life.
- Not having the time to do everything.
- Seeing numbers go down instead of up.
- Limited funds (buying more then selling).
- When things just don’t work out and you have to take another route. Or, when others change what you’re doing.
- Staying focused majority of days and being alarmed when the focus goes off one day.
- Interruptions due to less help or something of that nature.
- When people return items or comp service. (This is just the whole thing of not satisfying someone in the first place.)
- When creativity is a big part of your job and the designs don’t come out as expected, so it takes twice as long to create. Or, when you’re not in the mood to do it but it needs to be done.
This list is straight off the top of my head and I could probably name a whole lot more in each subject, but what do you guys think? If you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner, what are your worst and best parts of the experience?