If you are a small business owner, you know exactly what this title means. For those who are not, let this be a warning or perhaps a cautionary tale. Entrepreneurs do not work 8-5pm, nor do the work Monday-Friday. For those who believe we work less than that, we have a surprise for you. Most small business owners exceed a 40 hour work week.
This does not mean we spend 40+ sitting down and working, either.
If you are considering leaving your TGIF existence, you will need to change your mindset very quickly. You must be dedicated when you are your own boss. The ratio of time you put into a start-up small business, to the money you will make may be 100:0 (like mine currently) or possibly 10:1 if you are going at a pretty fast clip without interruptions.
I can give you a generalized description of what my day was like, yesterday.
- First, I checked my business Facebook page to see how much interest my blog attracted. Facebook tells me that 14 individual persons clicked to read. However, since there aren’t any comments or thumbs up I could easily conclude that no one really read it or they simply weren’t interested. I would like to conclude that 14 people read it and were so inspired that they immediately opened a new website!
- Next, I went through all 3 email accounts. What? THREE? Yes, because I have a personal account, and 2 different business sites. One is strictly for Facebook comments and messages; while the other is for generating business. I found that 1 person did read my blog last week and gave me a couple of suggestions for other business platforms.
- My Happy Planner is opened and I immediately know I have Mass, and medical appointment, a business lunch and supply shopping. Leftovers for dinner means I don’t need to get anything in the crock pot or defrosted. Before you think that this sounds like a pretty lazy Sunday morning, I began at 5am and it is now 6:20am on Thursday.
- Blogging is something I truly enjoy and it is a work product. I need it for me and I like sharing strategies with others. I have a book called, “642 Things to Write About,” which inspires me on subject matter. It takes about 90 minutes from typing the title to publishing the link. It is now 8am. That is 3 hours of work without making a dime (I’m still at the startup phase)
- After Mass and an appointment, I’m off to lunch with my sister. This doesn’t sound like business, but it truly is. She is beginning her own business, ours will probably be similar and we inspire each other. In fact, we are both beginning a major cleanup of our office areas complete with pictures to prove we’re staying on track
- Next is shopping. I need some supplies for one of the prototypes I am making. I made the mistake of not checking my closet to see what supplies I had already. There is a reason for that, but I’ll explain later. Between lunch and shopping, I’ve worked 3 more hours without making a dime and spent a few.
- Six hours sounds like a lot for someone just starting out, but wait there was more. I suddenly decided in the evening to start clearing out the closet in my office. Add one more hour and that is 7 hours total, between 5am and 8:30pm.
Hopefully the details didn’t put you to sleep, but this is a slow day when you are an entrepreneur. You fit your work life in with your personal life. You never go home after a long day of work. You Thank God for everyday including Friday.
This is true whether you run a home daycare, clean houses or run an e-commerce business. Be ready to work outside of your normal 8am-5pm existence and prepare yourself to love every minute of being your own boss.