The True Sacrifice Required to Make it as a GirlBoss
Behind the glitz & glamour of being an entrepreneur, being part of the massive female movement of being a “#GirlBoss” is very different to what you think may be involved. The sassy & stylish Instagram feed is a rose tinted view on what it takes to be a true GirlBoss. The award ceremonies, the interviews & the social media following are wonderful, however, it conceals the exhaustion of running a business.
Making your way to the top is a culmination of hard work & dedication. Becoming an entrepreneur really epitomises the saying “Blood, Sweat & Tears” well maybe not the blood! The real journey will not be a Pinterest worthy photo feed, to make it to the top, you will need to sacrifice a few aspects of your life as you know it & in my experience it’s completely worth it.
Starting out in business at 16, people say that I missed out on a lot of fun & being a regular teenager. I have made a lot of sacrifices to follow my dream & live my passion, but there is not one day I have regretted following my true purpose. I feel it’s important that those starting out on their entrepreneurial journey to truly know the sacrifices required & hopefully you will learn from some of my mistakes, no journey worth taking is easy.
Late Nights & Early Mornings
Forget long lies & binge watching Netflix, to make it, you will need every hour of every day. When you first start in business you wear every hat. You are the admin, the salesperson, the marketer, the coffee runner, the CEO & the accountant & that takes time! You must be willing to invest your time into your business, which can often mean missing out on parties, outings with friends & holidays. You can take this time back when the money is in the a bank & you have grown your business. Keep in mind short term sacrifice = long term gain.
Few Friends & Being Misunderstood
We usually spend time with people who are similar to ourselves. You will often lose friendships as you and your friends are at completely different stages of life, it’s not necessarily a bad thing, it just separates those who will be a big part of your life & support your dreams & those who you will lose touch with. Choosing to be different & not to follow the cookie cutter tradition requires a completely different mindset & you will often feel misunderstood. This is why it’s so important to surround yourself with likeminded individuals, who are more often than not, other business owners. Not only can you discuss the challenges you are facing but they may have been faced with similar challenges and you can both be great mentors to each other.
Short-Medium Term Finances
The attraction of a job is often the promise of the same salary every month & when you are your own boss there is no guarantee whatsoever. Often in the first couple of months, you can expect to make no profit so it is always best to have a little money saved to keep you going. The first couple of months in business I made no profit, and by the third month I started to make £1-1.2K per month.
The question is: Is it all worth it?