I’ve never considered myself as an entrepreneur. Nope. That’s not me. Entrepreneurs are people who have some kind of new idea and work from the ground up to make their idea a reality and it changes the world. I think of companies like Facebook, Netflix, and Uber that have transformed the way we live and the way we think within a matter of years. I haven’t done that…in fact, there have been many Virtual Assistants before me and more keep popping up over the years as technology makes it easier to work and communicate remotely. In a sense, I’m one in a crowd.
But Merriam-Webster defines “entrepreneur” a lot simpler than the grand ideas I have in my head:
Noun: one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise
Okay then. Well. Yes, I guess I would fall under that category.
And when “one” organizes and manages a business, it is the most thrilling, but at the same time, hardest risk you’ll take. I worked so hard to get my business off the ground that when I finally reached a point of satisfaction monetarily, I thought that I would sit back, focus on my work, and be able to breathe out a sigh of relief.
Yes, that happened. Then something else happened as well. I’ve started to get…antsy. I’m not bored – far from it, I love my clients and love what I do. I’m not dissatisfied either. It’s the need for a new challenge.
My business has continually challenged me from the moment I opened doors with the thought of, “Oh well, if it doesn’t work out, it won’t really matter.” But it did work out. I have had to navigate running a business while working full-time, growing my business to the point that I could quit my full-time job, maintaining a steady source of income when I was full-time, figuring out how to tell clients I was pregnant, find solutions for clients while on my maternity leave, learning how to run a business with a baby, and finally realizing how to take a step back and work with some subcontractors when I could not manage it all.
Now I’ve taken a step back and breathed a sigh of relief, but instead of being content, I have the thought: What’s next?
What can I do for myself professionally to make sure I’m challenged some more? Do I focus on gaining more clients and more teammates to help? Do I look into speaking opportunities for myself? Do I continue to mentor future VA’s to help them go down the same road I did?
This was the moment I realized that I am, indeed, an entrepreneur. It’s an entrepreneur’s curse: the need to continually push myself and figure out how to challenge myself with my business. Yet when I was thinking about this the other day, I decided that perhaps it’s not a curse, but instead a strength that helps entrepreneurs succeed.
After all, the businesses that succeed are not the ones that are stagnant.