Hello, I am Joachim, I am an entrepreneur and I am keeping this blog which is all about the good and the bad of being an entrepreneur. I will write many blog posts about what it means to be your own boss and what you can do to start your own business. I have many years of entrepreneurship on my shoulders and now I think the moment is ripe for teaching others about the ins and outs of this whole thing. I use to live in Antwerp, Belgium, and a lot of my business experience comes from leading my existence in such an exciting place. Now that things are slowing down for me and I am thinking about new ways to make a living, I have more time at my disposal to talk about what it takes to become an entrepreneur and offer sound advice from someone who has lived in the fast lane for a lot of time.
There are many great things about making a living as an entrepreneur. You don’t have anyone telling you what to do, you are making your own decision, and overall, you are free to do as you like. Basically, if you have a new idea for a business, there will be no one to clip your wings. In this line of work, you get to meet a lot of people, and you are constantly exposed to new ideas, so you will never feel bored. I guess I like this part best, because I am a peoples person. Another thing that I like a lot about being an entrepreneur is that I have always felt like I could make as much money as I hoped to make, and not depend on a monthly salary, like everyone else. It is also entrepreneurship that got me so used to moving from one place to another with so much ease.
However, being your own boss has its downsides, too. I must warn you: if you are not willing to work harder and more than everyone you know, you are not cut for this. It is also a pretty stressful thing to always evaluate and search for ways to make money. Stress is actually a common companion for many entrepreneurs, so you will have to learn to deal with. I must also say that at times, you will feel lonely, and finding the famous work – personal life balance becomes mandatory at some point.
In one of my future posts, I will tell you about why it’s a bad idea to start a cleaning company. In case you have been thinking about starting this type of business in particular, you may find my blog post useful. I definitely hope that you will heed my advice and think twice before delving into this line of work.