Do you really have more freedom as an entrepreneur than an employee?
Answer: Yes and no.
The initial complaint with the usual 9 to 5 schedule is that it leaves you Very tired To do something personally fulfilling after work. From the moment you wake up, to the moment you go to bed, you are in constant motion, either preparing to show somewhere, plowing with something, or preparing to leave.
When I became fully self-employed, I thought I would be able to solve all the bright problems with an “employee schedule” that works the opposite of what I don’t like. Okay, I’m here to tell you that these proposed solutions did not work out as I had hoped. Not even close, actually.
Here are three lies I was told about entrepreneurial life. How many of these do you believe?
Myth # 1: You get to sleep
You may think to yourself, “6 o’clock can wake you up very early! When I’m my own boss, I’ll make my own schedule and wake up when I feel like it! ”
Fact: If you read the biographies or stories of the most successful people in the world, you will often hear them waking up in crazy hours like 3 and 4 to start work. You may even think that even if you wake up late, until you fall asleep, it doesn’t really matter when you wake up the next day. Eight hours means 8 hours, doesn’t it?
Unfortunately, getting up early makes a huge difference. Getting up at 5 or 6 in the morning allows you to spend a completely different day than waking up at 10 in the morning, because when you want to be the most productive you get a four or five hour jump on projects.
Benjamin Franklin was right when he said, “To go to bed early, to get up early … makes a man healthy, rich and wise.”
And it’s really bad … because everyone likes to sleep.
Unfortunately, entrepreneurs can’t.
Myth # 2: There will be more free time to work on projects next to you
You might think, “I don’t have time to work on my favorite hobby / skill / project. When I work for myself, I find time in the middle of the day to do the important things. There is no boss here except me! ”
Fact: You can be sure that once you control your own schedule, you will be able to do whatever you want, when you want and in harmony with everything else around it. To an extent, it’s true. You have some flexibility most of the day.
But (And that’s a big “but”), you’re still responsible to a lot of people. In fact, entrepreneurs are probably more accountable to people who have regular jobs. Even if you do not have a boss, you will have clients, partners and colleagues who depend on you every day to help them.
And that’s something worth thinking about. Even if you let go of your boss, you still need the support of other people to make it your own. No one is an island.
In addition, since your work hours are not set, there may be work hours at any time and at all times. If something comes up, you have to handle it. Call someone sick and don’t let anyone do your work. It’s all up to you.
Most days, you will not have a huge vacation time in the middle of the day to do what you want. You may not be stuck in a cubicle, but you will still be busy working.
So, while no one can say that you can’t work on your passion projects, it’s not free for everyone. There is still a lot to do and, like a regular working Joey, you need to make sure you are fulfilling your obligations.
Myth # 3: You will be more comfortable working from home
You may think, “It is very difficult to concentrate on work. I want to be able to work somewhere as quiet and comfortable as my bed. When I have my own business, pajamas for work every day! ”
Fact: Working from home, especially from the comfort of your PJs, is an advantage that informal kings have been talking about self-employment for years. “Imagine the thrill of working from home!“
The reality is that for many people, working from home is bad. This is not to say that it is not enjoyable, but that you cannot do anything at home. The flickering of the TV in the background, the fridge calling your name, and the dog running around, can be a challenge during productive work.
You may find that you have to leave home to do something.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Self-employment is still amazing, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. The upsides definitely outweigh the downsides.