January 28, 2019

Have You Got What It Takes? A Day in the Life of an Entrepreneur

Aaron Vick

Aaron Vick

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The entrepreneur life is undoubtedly on the rise lately.

Whether you feel like you can't spend one more day in an office and have dreamed of being your own boss, or if you have ideas worth sharing with the world, you've likely dreamed of being the next Elon Musk or Steve Jobs.

But the truth is that the life of an entrepreneur is far more about hard work and long hours than the glitz and the glam that typical magazine interviews might make it out to be.

So, before you quit your day job, you need to make sure that you understand what a day in the life of an entrepreneur looks like.

Think you have what it takes?

Read on to find out the differences between expectations and reality when it comes to life as an entrepreneur.


Your Schedule Will Be All Over the Place


First of all, realize that a day in the life of an entrepreneur is likely going to be a severe departure from your typical nine-to-five schedule.

You could have stayed up until four in the morning working the night before, or you could need to be up and at 'em for a pre-work meeting with potential investors at 7:00 AM.

You'll need to be sure that you have seriously superior time management skills if you want to make it in this lifestyle.

You'll also need to have the hustle to make meetings with potential investors, employees, and big names in the startup scene happen. This means you'll likely start your day by clicking on your inbox and following up with people that you've connected with days before.

You'll likely send out a few more pitches for meetings before you start "truly" working for the day, and you might even check to see if there have been any new startup events posted around town that you can attend.


You'll Be All Over the Place, Too


Another unpredictable aspect about living the entrepreneurship lifestyle?

In addition to dealing with changing schedules and a lack of sleep, you also need to be incredibly comfortable waking up in a different city, state, or even country more often than not.

Remember that, since you're trying to get your company off of the ground -- or are in a serious growth stage -- you'll be expected to come to people, and not the other way around.

On Monday, you could be presenting at a conference in the Valley, but on Wednesday, you could be in your hometown of Dallas, meeting with the head of a tech startup to pick their brains about fundraising.

Even if the time that you wake up and the city that you wake up in are different?

Successful entrepreneurs all point to the importance of establishing a routine, whether you begin that routine in the morning or the middle of the night.

You might start your day with ten minutes of meditation, head to your computer to check your email, write a blog post to share on social media accounts, and then check in with your team about fundraising goals.

Even with all the inconsistency that you'll face, some level of consistency is key when it comes to life as an entrepreneur.


Take Time off When You Have the Opportunity To


As you might have expected, when you decide to get into the entrepreneur life, you can kiss the idea of a traditional weekend goodbye.

However -- and this is key -- this doesn't mean that you should feel guilty about taking time off when you need to. It doesn't matter whether it's playing a quick game of tennis with your friends on a Thursday morning or taking off Monday and Tuesday so you can work on Saturday and Sunday.

If you don't allow yourself to take breaks -- when there is a gap in your schedule without any meetings -- you're going to burn out.

So, if you have even a half an hour block of free time, make sure that you take advantage of that. Because of the unpredictability of your schedule, you don't know when you might have that opportunity again.


Don't Expect Tiered Growth


Finally, remember that growth and success within the entrepreneurial life don't look like they do in the traditional working world.

You might have a month where all of your meetings lead to absolutely nothing, and where you barely fundraise enough to cover your rent.

Then, the next month, you might be working for ten days straight, exceeding your fundraising goals, and making connections with one big name after another.

It's important not to get discouraged if you have a quieter couple of weeks.

Instead, use that downtime as an opportunity to focus on your networking skills, conduct industry research, and even to fine-tune your overall business plan.


Need More Help Mastering the Life of an Entrepreneur?


We hope that this post has taught you that, although life as an entrepreneur requires serious tenacity and hustle, if you have the right personality type, you can see the kind of success you've always dreamed.

Remember that no two days will look the same, it's critical to embrace every opportunity you get to meet the right people, and that you shouldn't feel bad about taking a break when you need it.

Above all, look for tiny pockets of consistency in the life of an entrepreneur, whether it's listening to the same podcast every morning or starting the day with an email to your team.

Comments? You can contact me directly via my AdvisoryCloud profile.

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