There are always pages of advertising “be your own boss”, “earn thousands a month”, (getting paid per hour to try and produce an insane amount of products that even if you had 10 pairs of hands you would still not succeed) or “get a friendly team together and earn from their sales” (but you need a team of 20!). Then there are the franchise opportunities whereby you “work to be your own boss” (but actually have to pay your franchisor a monthly fee and follow their business model and rules – so are you really your own boss?).
It is easy to be swayed by glossy brochures or adverts that seem to come up over and over again so they must be successful, right?
If you were looking to be your own boss and setting up your own business what would really motivate you to do it? I thought it would be good to get some feedback from female entrepreneurs, who were once in employed positions but dreamt of breaking free and setting up their own businesses.
There are lots of start up stories, especially the ones about zero to millionaire in 6 months! What about the more common, “I just wanted my own business, to work around my family and still earn money”, because after all, we all need to pay bills!
I asked a few members of our Association to give me a short paragraph which was from the heart, a true honest account of what they didn’t realise before they started their own business and what it meant to be your own boss. So not the reason why they did it, but either the positive, or negative, main point of what actually surprised them once they had started their home business. These members have all set up businesses working from home.
What I didn’t realise when I decided to be my own boss
These lovely comments are what came back to me:
Laura: Owner of Two Green Lane
“I didn’t realise how emotionally involved I would get with each order and how much I care that each one is perfect for the recipient. As a customer, I would have never considered sending a small company feedback when I received an order, but now as soon as someone receives their order I eagerly wait some feedback from them. On Christmas Day I was thinking about all the people who were opening something that I had made and felt really honoured that I had been chosen to make their Christmas present.”
Natasha: Owner of Cheekies Treasures
“I didn’t realise how little I cared about working until I started my own business. Now, being able to work on my own terms is the most important thing in the world.”
Leah: Owner of Ickle Pickle Prints
“I didn’t realise how hard it would be. It’s not something I would ever change and absolutely love what I do. But I think it’s easy to underestimate how much work goes into making a small business a success and the many different ‘hats’ you have to juggle. However, I would rather work this hard for myself any day over working for someone else on their terms.”
Starting your own business is not the easy option to escape the 9-5. If you want it more of a hobby with a little bit of income, that’s fine, it’s whatever works for you. Or you can launch your ideas as a fully fledged sole income business. Many of the people we work with have done a bit of both – they start off alongside regular employment and build it up over months or sometimes even longer at a speed that works for them, to then become solely self employed and have their sole income from their business. Alongside having an income the other huge factor is spending time with family. Further comments include:
Kelly: Owner of Your Business Boutique
“I didn’t realise that it was possible to care so much about something. You have to dig deeper than you ever have had to before, but it is so worth it. Also, how much my daughter would want to be involved and care about what I do so much.”
Gemma: Owner of Lasting Touch
“I didn’t realise that it would become a complete way of life. My business and my family flow seamlessly together and never have to compete with each other. It’s true, the thing I hated most about having a job was when it clashed with school assemblies or kids being ill. I always felt like my job and my family were both competing for the same time slots. It’s not like that anymore, there’s time for both.”
Anna: Owner of Butterfly Skies
“I didn’t realise just how much it would all mean, I knew I felt lucky and grateful, but just how deep this went. I didn’t realise how much friends and family would support me, and how much it would mean to make a keepsake and gift for people – how much I wanted it to be and look perfect for each customer. I didn’t realise how much the keepsake I had made would mean to people, and the happiness I would feel when I saw this. I didn’t realise how free I would feel too, what a gift that is.”
If you want to find out more about how to be your own boss please get in touch.