Five things you didn't know before starting up as a solo entrepreneur

Updated: Apr 25, 2019

Starting a business can be a roller coaster ride. The better you know the pros and cons, the better prepared you will be for this journey.

1. You have to get out of your comfort zone

Tired of mundane 9 to 5 job and want to start something of your own? Think twice. Its not easy. Launching your own business can be the most exhilarating, mind-boggling, mind-blowing, happy, frustratingand profitable adventure of your life but that comes with a price too. Forget the 9-to- 5 because now you might have to sit for the longer hours to finish off that website that you are working on or to create more engaging content for your social media audience. Being an entrepreneur is definitely not for the faint of heart, but it does open an amazing opportunity to run with your ideas and see if they will actually work. It is a way to bring your passion to life as you help make people's lives better. It is your avenue to severing the ties of a 9-to-5 job and someone else being in charge of your work life.

2. Get your skates on to learn something new everyday

If you are a tech person, marketing and selling things might not be your forte. Or if you are a marketing guru you might struggle with the technical jargons. You will struggle with how to keep your product or service unique from that of your competitors. You need to master all these skills to be better than the others. More than skills you need to have the drive and ambition to achieve what you thought of when you were starting up.

3. You are in constant jeopardy of losing it all

Your first try at launching your product or service will most likely fall short or even fail completely. Learn from mistakes and feedbacks, instead of starting from scratch every time. It will take sometime for people to recognise your product/service. It has taken several iterations for any successful business to be where it is today. Patience is the key!

4. People skills will come handy

If you can get along decently well with other people, then you’re at an advantage. Entrepreneurs don’t fly solo most of the time. Being able to meet people, make friendships, form relationships, and work with others will really pay off.

4. Every entrepreneur is different

Entrepreneurs are just normal people, and there is an incredibly wide variety of them. There’s no such thing as an ideal entrepreneur.

When you try to think of an entrepreneur as fulfilling a certain ideal or filling a certain mode, you’re off to a wrong start. Every entrepreneur is different from every other entrepreneur.

Don’t get distracted. Never tell yourself that you need to be the biggest brand in the whole world. Start by working on what you need at the present moment and then what you need to do tomorrow. So, set yourself manageable targets.

-Jas Bagniewski, Co-Founder of Eve Sleep