This is a guest blog by Kenney Myers.
Apple, Starbucks, Microsoft, Amazon, Ford. What do they have in common? Their very existence was built upon a fundamental idea, sparks ignited within the hearts of passionate individuals.
Do you have an idea you’re passionate about pursuing? Don’t let the naysayers get you down. While of course you’ll encounter a few bumps along the road like those who have come before you and made their way to the top, being an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you’ll have to constantly struggle.
So how can you be an entrepreneur without constantly feeling like you’re struggling?
Prepare for the Magnitude of Your Struggles
While not every person born with an entrepreneurial spirit, much like the one you have, is destined to become the next Bill Gates, big and small businesses alike can share in success, even financial success. Before you begin to set foot on your own path you’ll need to define your own version of success. If you envision your business growing to a scale like that of the other top companies but you remain a modest small business, most certainly it is going to seem like a struggle to climb your way to the top. The size of your dream–your personal map guiding you towards your own success–is going to determine the magnitude of your struggle.
Leverage Your Support Network
There will always be sources of respite and leverage to support you during any difficult times you might encounter. No matter what your end goal is, you may have to make some compromises along the way. If you have a lack of startup capital, and as much as you might cringe about this, it might actually benefit you to seek out or continue with your current employment as you start up. If it helps, think of your boss as your new angel investor, someone fueling and enabling you to earn a living while helping you save the money that will fund your growing business.
Secure Steady Revenue
For many entrepreneurs, financial struggles are the biggest struggles. If you are well into the launch phase but have found that your idea isn’t quite catching on, look for ways that you can keep a steady flow of revenue until your patronage grows. Employment is one option, but you could also pitch yourself as a contractual employee to those who might benefit from your insight. There are numerous avenues available to you; ones that can provide you with an outlet for your creative energies while you earn additional income to cover the bills.
Regardless of what stage of entrepreneurial success you have attained, the power is completely in your hands to earn a living by acting upon the spark in your own heart. Put your passion to work for you and you’ll be surprised at just how much it may pay off.
Ken Myers is a father, husband, and entrepreneur. He has combined his passion for helping families find in-home care with his experience to build a business. Learn more about him by visiting @KenneyMyers on Twitter.