Today I spent about an hour speaking to a group of high school students about my life.
I spoke about growing up in East Boston in a single parent household; gettting my first job at age 16; high school; college; how I almost failed college in my first semester; and how I eventually became the owner of my own company.
One student, Peter, asked a lot of questions… thankfully they all did. But one of Peter’s questions made me really think.
He asked: “what do you like most about working for yourself?”
My answer: “I like having my dogs with me in my office.”
The truth is, working for yourself is freaking hard. Not only do you have to get your own clients, but you have to do all the work for your clients, and the accounting, and the bill collecting, and the accounts payable, and all the marketing, and, and, and… It never ends.
While I LOVE owning my own business, I do get overwhelmed by my ever growing to-do list. So much so, that I became a procrastinator.
I don’t procrastinate on the important things, like servicng my clients. But my email inbox has gotten way out of control and I have piles of paper work and notes on my desk waiting to either be filed or entered into my database.
Some days it’s amazing that I manage to get through the day without going insane.
What keeps me going? My dogs.
No matter how stressed out I get, they never judge me, they give me hugs and kisses when I need them, and they make me take a break when I need it the most.
if you are a small business owner, ask yourself what you like most about working for yourself? Say the first thing that comes to mind. The answer may surprise you.