I was 35,000 feet in the air coming back from a month in Miami, where I had been working alongside the last ever person I would call ‘Boss’ (except the wife, obviously!).
Deep down he was a nice guy.
However, as a boss he was a terrible, micromanaging fiend from hell. To the point where he would receive a copy of every email I received – sometimes even replying as me – ridiculous, right?!
After that month with him, I’d simply had enough of the BS. I wrote my resignation letter on my laptop and when I landed in Hong Kong for my connecting flight, I hooked up to their brilliant free wifi, and hit ‘Send’. Never looking back.
A month later I launched my business, and it’s still operating now with over 200 employees and have expanded into two different verticals, too.
On Monday and Tuesday of this week I sat in the Aloft Excel London with 18 brilliant entrepreneurs as part of the London #DuckerMastermind Sessions. It was awesome. I knew I would enjoy it, and that the attendees would get lots out of it – but, it far surpassed all of our expectations, judging by all the tweets and emails I’ve been receiving since.
As you can see from the photo above, which was from Day 2 (different group on each day, with me chairing both), there was plenty of common ground between us all, but as with anything else, it got me thinking about why I love being an entrepreneur so much. So, I thought I’d condense it into a post, and share it with you all for some fun, and maybe a little inspiration.
Here are the ten reasons why I love being an entrepreneur so much – I’d love for you to share YOUR reasons, in the comment section below…
1 – Stick it to ‘The Man’
Being able to send that email to my last boss and truly ‘stick it to the man’ felt amazing. It was something that I had been wrestling with for a while. Everything from financial security and the fear (if I’m to be totally honest) of potentially falling flat on my face, came into play. But, when I made the decision to quit, once and for all, I did it, and I’ve never looked back.
2 – Work Your Own Schedule
Most days I will have ‘something’ on my schedule. But, having the ability to dictate when I work, when I’ll be ‘in the office’, available for meetings, etc., is freedom that I simply never want to let go of. If I want to take the afternoon off to play with my 4-year old, Charlie, then I can. You can’t do that working for someone else.
3 – Work Where You Like
Some days I work at home. Some days in the office, or Location63. From time to time I’ll work from a resort (one of the advantages of living in Cebu, Philippines) and other days I’ll prop myself up at the local coffee shop. When I’m not doing any of that, you’ll no doubt catch me working in airport lounges and in hotel rooms, as I travel extensively. I love being location independent.
4 – Work With People You Like
One of the major benefits for me, being an entrepreneur, is the ability to be able to pick and choose who I do business with. Life is too damn short to be stressed out by having clients that drive you nuts (I’ve fired several clients in the past) and to hire employees that either don’t deliver, or you don’t get on with. Teaming up with the right people is key to a happy working relationship, and as the ‘big cheese’, you get to call the shots. Cool, huh!?
5 – Create Your Own Opportunities & Destiny
Continuing from No.4, as well as choosing the PEOPLE you work with and partner with, as your own boss, you also have the ability to create your own opportunities by doing things like attending conventions, networking with like-minded people online and much more. In doing this, you shape, almost carve out your own destiny.
6 – Develop and Sell Products & Services You Love
I can honestly say that every product and service I’ve produced for my own companies I’ve whole heartedly believed in, and thoroughly love. The recent release of our VA Training Academy product is a perfect example of this. In just one week we sold lifetime access to hundreds of other business owners, realizing a dream that had been ‘in the works’ for over an entire year.
7 – Solve Problems and Make a Difference in the Process
Solving a problem for someone, or a company, is the time-honored ‘Sales 101′ strategy of business. Give people want they need to get over a hurdle and you’ll enjoy success. In the last 2.5-years we’ve had over 1,000 virtual assistants hired through the Virtual Staff Finder service – and as a result we’ve helped hundreds and hundreds of entrepreneurs bring calm to the storm, one at a time. That puts a massive smile on my face.
8 – Be the Boss
Being the boss is good. It feels good. Don’t get me wrong, it comes with it’s challenges, for sure (perhaps thats another post?!), but being known as someone that is ‘leading the way’ for a company and those involved in that company is a huge ego stroke, lets face it. As long as you keep it in check, stay focused and make sure that you deliver on promises (to staff and clients alike!), then you’ll be fine.
9 – Stand Up for What You Believe In
Being an entrepreneur also gives you the chance to stand up for what you believe in, and spread the word. I’ve been fortunate enough to be invited to numerous conferences and business events to speak on the subject of virtual assistance and outsourcing – strategies that I believe every business owner should be engaging in to build their businesses.
As you’ll see in the video above, I’m passionate about helping other entrepreneurs leverage time in a fashion that allows them to become more productive and successful. It’s situations like this that make me very proud to be in the position where I am.
10 - Affect Change in People’s Thoughts & Actions
And for me, the absolute BEST thing about being an entrepreneur is the ability to be able to change peoples perceptions about how ‘this or that’ should ‘be’. I’ve been in rooms where I’ve given presentations and literally heard pennies dropping as the attendees understand where I’m coming from and start to think about taking action on whatever it is I’m waffling on about!
When other business owners come to me saying that they don’t think that a virtual assistant can help them in their business endeavors I take it personally. Not in a bad way, but in a way that spurs me on to try and prove to them, without a doubt, that VA’s will help them and their businesses – in a number of ways. Then, after they take action by hiring a VA for the first time… I smile.
In fact, I smile a lot more nowadays, as an entrepreneur – than I ever did working for someone else!!!
So, there you have it – my reasons behind loving what I do, why I do it, and what it means to me to be an entrepreneur. This type of list will no doubt be a little different for everyone, but I believe a lot of the reasons will remain the same.
I’d love to hear your reasons. Comment below, please.