If you’re anything like me, you were crazy-excited when you started your own business. You couldn’t wait to get things moving. You couldn’t stop smiling at the fact you were your own boss, that you got to make the rules.
Then reality set in.
You’re the boss. There’s no one else to shoulder the burden when the s@&t hits the fan — and, as every entrepreneur eventually finds out, it will hit the fan. And land all over you.
Sure, you’ll have some glorious days — when everything goes according to plan, when your clients pay on time and the technology gods are smiling on you. There will be times when you’re raking in the dough and the wheels of enterprise are running so smoothly that you wonder why you ever doubted you could make a go of things.
That is, until your printer stops working the same day you need to send the invoices out. And your part-time assistant bails five minutes before you’ve gotta pick up your daughter from soccer practice. And you forgot to sign your son’s field trip permission slip because you were so busy running your business that you neglected to schedule time for your family.
Business quotes for a rainy day
“When we first started the Screw, we jumped straight in and decided to create weekly videos. Why? We don’t know. We just thought it would be a good idea. Was it? Nope. You know why? Because we HATED shooting videos. Not only that, but people weren’t really searching YouTube for the kind of videos we were creating. You know what they were searching for? Podcasts. And the minute we realized that and made the switch to the kind of content our dream customers actually preferred, everything changed.” – Jill Stanton, co-founder, Screw the Nine to Five
Sound familiar? You jump on a marketing bandwagon and fall flat on your face because you didn’t take the time to figure out if the idea was a good fit for your business and your customers. But then, if you’re smart like the Screw the Nine to Five crew, you learn from your mistakes and move forward stronger.
Start your own business, they said. It will be fun, they said. Well, they were right. It is fun — it can be the most satisfying, exhilarating kind of fun. But there are moments when it’s not. So, if you’re in a rut on your path to success, take the messages in these business quotes to heart — and smile your way into another day.
This is what you were meant to do.
Also published on Medium.