Unspoken problems of entrepreneurship


Good, you didn't just read the headline and stop there. I have a point besides entrepreneurship being difficult and it isn't to discourage you from starting your thing if you're thinking of doing so. It's to point out somethings I encountered in my journey that I didn't expect and hopefully get you to avoid them. I'm not going to promise you that the journey will be easy because it won't. You'll face obstacles and hopefully learn from them. In my experience, it's those "hard times" that pushed me further in my journey and there'll be more because it's not over yet.

All over the internet, there's information on the challenges entrepreneurs face such as time-management issues, insufficient funding, inventory problems, choosing the right marketing strategies, hiring, and so much more. Seriously, you can type problems entrepreneurs face into Google search and you'll get back a laundry list of what to expect. I read through all those lists and thought I was well prepared until I started facing new problems. At first, I thought I was alone in this but by swapping stories with fellow entrepreneurs and business owners in my circle, it turns out there are so many people going through the same thing. Here's a few most common issues:

  • The process will be messy. Things don't always go as planned during the climb; if you like clean, clear, and smooth transitions, you need to learn to work through the dirt. Don't wait for the air to clear or you'll be waiting a long time, just try to keep moving forward no matter how small the progress seems.
  • The journey is lonely af. Your non-entrepreneur friends will not understand your sacrifices and you might feel frustrated explaining it to them. Don't get mad. Alleviate this burden by making friends with small business owners in your area. There's so much you can learn from people who have been where you are. Ask them for guidance.
  • FOMO is real. You'll miss out on some weekend events, get used to it. That doesn't mean you should block yourself out from enjoying life. Make time to be around people you love because that could be the inspiration you need for your business. Find the balance.

We all have different experiences in our entrepreneurial journeys and the way we grow past these obstacles is by realizing they're part of the process. Find people in and out of your circle to talk to. Embrace the suck and no matter what, keep moving forward. You got this!

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  • Michelle at FourLetterWordCards on

    Oh my gosh, I totally understand this, so damn much. I think it’s hard for people to comprehend the time and effort it takes into running a business – there is always a never-ending todo list that continually grows. And to make it worse, even though we get to create our own schedule, it generally is busier during the holidays and can impede holiday plans, especially if your shop goes viral etc.

    I totally agree with finding balance and trying to take time every day to do something that isn’t business related. Especially if it means connecting with friends or loved ones and focusing on the relationships that supports you and make you happiest.

    Although I have a feeling with creative entrepreneurs, it’s hard to pull away from business – I find it’s part of what makes my life happy too and something I can’t always turn off with my mind.

    Sending you love and hugs from Tx – and missing seeing you at craft fairs! ♥

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