Entrepreneurs Need to Roll with the Punches

Funny how entrepreneurship has become so glamorized in the media and popular culture. Being your “own boss” definitely sounds pretty cool and it is, but don’t think you have no one to answer to.

Ever been yelled at by someone you don’t even know for something you didn’t even do, and still apologized? I would be very surprised if you haven’t. Guess what? It happens to everyone in the business world.

Your boss probably gets screamed at more than you do. We all have to suck it up and “eat it” now and then. Responding with emotion can cost you dearly.

When you have your own business, all the responsibilities fall on your shoulders. You have to deal with a lot more punches 🥊 and you can’t blame anyone but yourself.

Sure, you can defend yourself when prudent. You don’t have to be a doormat. But, know that in a certain sense, it’s always your fault. You’re always accountable, especially if you’re in a business serving clients.

All of this keeps you humble and on your toes. Use it to grow and become better.

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Business is Business, but It Still Gets Personal

Business is business, but don’t think for a second that it’s never personal. ❤️

Entrepreneurship is a deeply personal game. It will force you to get more in touch with who you are and face all that you are in an open, vulnerable, honest and often uncomfortable way.

Sure, you’ve got to spend most of your time quantitatively on keeping your clients and customers happy, especially in the beginning.

Don’t get distracted with fantasies of exits or things you’re going to buy someday or ideas for second and third businesses. There is time for that, but there are urgent and important matters at hand right now.

Still, if you don’t make time to dream. 💭 To fantasize just a little. To step back, dig deep, soul search, and maintain perspective on what matters to you in life, you’ll never be able to truly reach your potential and withstand the challenges, which come with being an entrepreneur.

4 Tips to Help You Manage and Delegate — Crucial for Entrepreneurs

There is a big difference between doing and managing. I’ve freelanced as a content writer for over 5 years and now I’m getting my first taste of managing others.

Currently, I’m managing a small team of three, which includes another writer, as well as a social media marketer and a Facebook ads specialist.

Mastering the skill of delegating is crucial to being able to scale and grow a business. It’s scary to relinquish control and allow someone else to do something you usually do yourself, but it’s something you must to do if you want to get to the next level and not remain a solopreneur.

So far, I’ve learned a few things that can help:

1) Spoon-feed. Something may be obvious to you but not to the person you hired. Prepare notes for them, communicate clearly, and give them everything they need to succeed.

2) Don’t micromanage. Resist the urge to hover and nitpick. Even if you think you can do a better job (you probably can), you need to give them breathing room to thrive.

3) Empathize. Put yourself in their shoes. Maybe you’ve been on the other side of the table (I have). Understand their needs for direction. Pay fairly and on time. Be kind.

4) Make peace with disappointment. Consider yourself lucky if they get it right on the first try. If they don’t, you likely didn’t communicate clearly. Have patience and be willing to help.

Should Everyone Be an Entrepreneur?

I worked a 15-hour day the other day with almost non-stop meetings, phone-calls, and regular laptop/smartphone detailed work from 9 am until midnight. Even when attempting to eat or try to catch my breath for a minute, I’d be interrupted. Now, I’ll admit that is pretty exceptional rather than the rule for me right now. I usually work normal 7-10 hours.

However, I had a realization that the busier my business gets, the more days like that I’m going to have.

The good news?

I LOVE it. ❤️ 😃

Sure, it will be necessary to wake up insanely early and require creativity to make time for other things. But, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Why? Because I value the freedom of determining my own destiny and not answering to a boss over normal hours and a steady paycheck.

If you think you want to be an entrepreneur, understand the trade-offs. You may be happy as an entrepreneur/business owner, but you may be miserable. You may love being employed in a job you love where you feel that your skills and talents are valued, but you’re not responsible for the whole organization or aspects you don’t like. Or, you may prize autonomy over all like I do. It’s up to you. It takes honest thought and self-reflection and trying things to know. Nobody can tell you which is best for you.

Are you a freelancer or an entrepreneur? There’s a Difference.

Writer or entrepreneur?

Artist or businessman?

There is a big difference. These questions are ones that I often think about.

Some people are amazing content creators. It doesn’t mean they should start content marketing agencies.

Some people are great at their craft, but they aren’t great at selling or managing people or invoicing or dealing with clients.

Some make fantastic freelancers, or solopreneurs, but they can’t necessarily create an organization bigger than themselves with employees.

They’re better off as one-person shows.

One has to have the self-awareness and the honesty to figure out what is right path for oneself.

So, what makes me think I can go from content writer/strategist to founder/CEO of a new marketing agency?

Over the past two years, I’ve proven to myself and others that I can fly solo very nicely.

Will I be able to grow it into something bigger?

We’re about to find out.

Call it chutzpah, call it foolishness, call it arrogance, but I’m trying. I’m starting. I’m DOING and not just talking.

I’m going for it.

And if I fail, then I fail forward and can always rely on my craft — writing ✍️ to support me. I can always go back to being a solo artist.

However, I’m behaving as if there is no other option.

I’m going full speed ahead as an entrepreneur. I refuse to be another statistic in the game.

Sure, there are a lot of players. Most of them don’t make it. But, as my mother always said:

“Cream rises to the top.”

I invite you to come along and follow me on my journey.

— Zev