The Entrepreneur Rat Race: 3 things I would have done differently before quitting my job
Now that you have fallen in love with your meaning of work, some have an unrealistic idea that as a lifestyle entrepreneur leader, or entrepreneur of any kind for that matter, things are now going to be easy in life. Surely since you’ve exited the crazy rat race of corporate America, everything will magically become more enjoyable during your grind season. Of course all aspects of life will be infinitely more enjoyable in terms of how you go about doing your work...right? Maybe...eventually. My bubble was burst when I realized this was not how I set myself up during my exit strategy. Unfortunately, the entrepreneur rat race is real. The same issues you dealt with in Corporate America or being an employee can very easily find themselves a home in your new life as you become boss.
Yes while there’s much that is different in that you are fully responsible for the work you do, who you work with and the type of projects you commit to, you can still easily get trapped and begin chasing your tail over avoidable issues. Because an entrepreneur wears many hats, the likelihood of leaving your employee rat race just to find yourself in another kind of rat race as a lifestyle entrepreneur leader is rather high. Knowing what I know now, there are three things I would have done differently before quitting my job to design my fulfilled life to avoid the entrepreneur rat race.
Stuck to my financial plan of what I planned to do with the funds I saved as a transition security blanket from employee to becoming boss. This oversight was a game changer for all the wrong reasons, if I'm being honest. Aside from not CREATING a budget, I didn’t stick to planned monthly expenditures. Failing to plan is planning to fail. Also my financial plan should have included a simple marketing and promotions budget to get Nature’s Perfect Garden into the hands of the right people via Facebook ads or influencer giveaways. No matter how small your budget, every emerging entrepreneur has to define a marketing strategy and how to finance it. Those two components should have been included in mine.
Say NO more, and sooner. When you leave your job to become your own employee you don't have the space to do a lot of the things you used to do before. This includes enabling others, socializing, watching your favorite programs on TV, or simply procrastinating. Saying no is not just for others. There are many areas where you have to say no to yourself. Creating the space for yourself to pursue a life you love on your terms in great. However you must have boundaries and guard rails far tighter than before or you may go over the rail for lack of discipline and confidence in your process.
Create a wellness strategy inclusive of morning and evening wellness routines. The wellness aspect is a big deal when it comes to the rat race, always feeling as if you are stressed out, overworked over everything and yet you don't know anyone who understands to help you navigate this journey and manage your mood swings. Looking back, it would have been ideal to have identified and tapped into various fitness and empowering communities before I transitioned because the entrepreneur journey can be a lonely one. Most times you are the only one you know doing what you aim to do in your natural circles of influence (i.e. friends, family, co-workers, associates). Most people have traditional jobs and don’t understand why you continue to do what you do if it has the tendency to be stressful. I should have linked up with wellness and fitness communities such as a yoga group, fitness studio and/or run club, aromatherapy group and a natural health community.
Take it from me. If you are an aspiring or emerging entrepreneur leader, consider these things now so that you don't have to figure them out AFTER transitioning to becoming an entrepreneur leader. It certainly will make things a lot easier and smarter.