I would be lying if I said I wasn’t jealous of seeing people’s “success” on social media. Countless people currently have their main source of income through online businesses and the prevalence (or in some cases overuse) of the title entrepreneur being used, only compounds this feeling. The definition of entrepreneur is someone who starts their own business, and therefore assumes most of the risk in doing so, but the word has become fashionable of the past few years. People who sell infrequently on eBay have taken to calling themselves entrepreneurs just as Jeff Bezos would have in his early Amazon days.
Personally, I have always found satisfaction in searching for products to buy low and sell at a higher price, and this was one of the first indications that I could follow the path of entrepreneurship, however, working my first job and getting a steady pay numbed that feeling slightly. Fast forward to over a decade later and I find myself contemplating again if entrepreneurship is for me. The urge and excitement that comes with buying something for cheap and selling it for a handsome profit has never escaped me, but now the feeling is becoming more and more intense.
Going down this path is not easy. Watching the countless Youtube videos and reading articles of the hundreds of failures entrepreneurs had to experience before they experienced success, is daunting to say the least. I ask myself two questions everyday;
- What business do I want to do?
- What am I willing to give in return for this?
The answer to the first question is not yet clear in my mind, but I am certain I am willing to dedicate much of my time and effort in the pursuit of it whenever it comes to me.
While some people choose the entrepreneurship path because they don’t like working for other people, or because they are sick and tired of long corporate hours, I think differently. I believe that even as an entrepreneur you will still have a boss – your customers and clients – and I am sure i’ll be working longer hours than if I was in another corporate job. It will almost certainly be a tougher route to go down, but the rewards could be far greater.
My mind is like a never-ending conveyor belt of ideas that I need to begin to filter out what is possible. Ideas of starting a sales company selling products such as room booking software and computer hardware to other businesses, to starting my own restaurant fill my head. So while it is not clear what business path I want to journey down, it is absolutely clear as day that I am destined to take the entrepreneurial path. If you too a considering this path, I would suggest you look deep into yourself as to why. Is it for money? For the title? Or because you truly feel it is what you are supposed to be doing. While I may have not officially started my path to entrepreneurship, I have certainly been in that mindset for the majority of my life.