Week 3 update: on entreprenuership

Again this week has been busy with work. I don’t mind that to be honest. I think that is one of the beauties of following your dreams and building your own business – you don’t mind the shit sandwich!

For those of you who are not familiar with Elisabeth Gilbert, she once said in an interview that every job, no matter how wonderful, has aspect you are not going to enjoy but have to do anyway. The shit sandwich. Elizabeth Gilbert

This week has really been all about chewing on the shit sandwich – communication with clients who ask for too much, negotiation a fair price for a project, doing accounting etc – and trying to get some sort of life going on outside of work.

I know for many, especially those who are fellow Dave Ramsey listeners, a life outside of getting out of debt should not exist until the balance hits zero, but I’ve been struggling to get into the “gazelle mode” as Ramsey puts it while being in the first year of building my own business.

On one hand, I feel more motivated than ever to charge the price my time is worth and not settle for exposure or portfolio-building job because getting paid pennies is just not an option for me anymore. But on the other hand, I’m not in a position to charge super-high nor do I feel like I have the time to get a second job. Also, I just moved to another country where I don’t speak the language, so getting a job is not easy.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic this week, especially as I was looking over the finances for my business for this year and assessing how much I can grow next year. One positive thing about having your own business is that the limit on earnings potential is lifted but the other side of that coin is that you have to get there yourself.

Are you in the same position as me, or you have been in the past? If you have any advice or experience to share, I would love to hear from you!

Until next time!
– M

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