The entrepreneurial journey can be a wild ride. You will experience great victories followed by the lowest of lows. But through all the hardship, hustle, and heart, you’ve probably had some pretty funny experiences, too. This 4th of July weekend, we’re thankful for all the lighthearted moments that make being an entrepreneur the best damn job in the world! Read on for a little humor this holiday weekend.
When you decide to make the leap into entrepreneurship, you’re probably investing in your business alone. You might even reach out to friends and family to get things up and running. But what happens when your friends are tapped out, your family has given you all they can, and your bank account runs dry? Maybe Samantha* can enlighten you!
“I bootstrapped my business from the very beginning. I’m proud of how far we’ve come in the last five years, but the start was a little rocky. I really wanted to get a name for myself in my community, so I was looking for any advertising company that might mock up my logo and create some graphics for me pro bono. Unfortunately, asking for free services doesn’t make a good impression if you’re new to town! Luckily (or perhaps unluckily) I stumbled on a small, local agency that was willing to help me out…for a price. Apparently in addition to advertising, the owner also raised show dogs, and they created quite a mess in his yard. Yes, my entrepreneurial journey literally started off covered in dog poo! I cleaned his yard once a week for a couple of months in exchange for a pretty kick-ass logo. I’m not proud of becoming a “pooper scooper,” but I am immensely proud that I was able to get my business off the ground all by myself!”
If you’re expanding your business, you want to be mindful of your company culture and the image you’re presenting, not only to the public, but internally to your own team, as well. Sometimes even the best of intentions can go horribly wrong! Check out Bobby’s* tale of woe:
“I run a marketing firm in my home town. I do most of the marketing and advertising for our local businesses. When I hired my fifth employee, I thought it would be a great idea to embark on a team building outing at one of our local client’s businesses! I took everyone mini-golfing for the afternoon at one of our biggest client’s facilities. Halfway through our round, I hit a pretty great shot that was sure to be a hole in one…if only Marjorie* (our newest hire!) hadn’t walked right across the green! My ball hit her square in the face, giving her a gruesome black eye. What better way to say ‘welcome aboard!’ than to punch your employee in the face?!”
Let’s face it: entrepreneurs know how to multitask! If you’re just starting a brand new business, you’re going to have multiple titles. You’ll be CEO, CFO, CTO, and many more chiefs before a single day is over. Often, that means doing two, three, or four things at once. Check out John’s* story for a good laugh:
“About a decade ago I had just started my new e-commerce company. I was trying to bootstrap my business and do as much as I could alone. I thought I was superman! But even superman is vulnerable to kryptonite. One unlucky day, I had scheduled an important conference call with a supplier overseas. Because of the time difference, rescheduling wasn’t an option. The call was at 8:00 p.m., so I ran out for some fast Chinese food before heading back to my office. Unfortunately, the food was dicey at best, and at exactly 7:58 p.m., disaster hit. Suffice it to say that was by far the most stressful call of my career (thank goodness for the mute button)! The deal was made, but I hope I never have to make a call from the bathroom again!”
Entrepreneurs will do just about anything to market their businesses! Chances are your budget is tight, and marketing isn’t where you want to put your limited funds. Check out what Chad* did to solve this little inconvenience:
“Ever since I was a little kid, it was my dream to own a pet store so that I could play with puppies all day. As an adult, even thought I still want to play with puppies all day, my partner and I also have to earn a living! We finally got lucky enough to rent the space, purchase inventory and hit the ground running before we ran out of capital. So what was my brilliant idea? I rented a giant dog costume and stood outside our store in 80-degree weather to get people to notice us! I was handing out dog treats to any dogs that came by, and all was going well for the first half of the day. Around noon I was totally drenched in sweat, and literally passed out from heat exhaustion! Let’s just say a giant, fake dead dog in front of a pet store is not how you want to market your business!”
Getting to your Goal
The light bulb lit up, and you’ve had a brilliant business idea. You’re sure it will make you millions. But what happens when the yellow brick road isn’t so yellow anymore? You pivot, adapt, and change your original idea for what the marketplace needs. Check out how Joy* did it:
“I went to beauty school, but quickly found out I absolutely hated every salon I worked for. I wanted to be my own boss, so I decided to start my own beauty salon. I was ambitious to a fault, and I wanted to provide hair, nail, waxing, and massage services all at once. Clearly I couldn’t do all of that on my own! I burnt out really fast. So I paused, reassessed, and focused on my biggest selling services. Can you guess what that was? Yup! I went from doing gorgeous hair and makeup for your biggest events, like weddings, proms, and more, to waxing the most intimate of places. It may not be where I wanted to end up, but now I’m the proud owner of three very successful hair removal businesses!”
Entrepreneurship is the most fun and exciting job you can have, even if you stumble along the way. We hope these stories inspire you to keep going even in the face of failure (or poo)! When you’re ready to take your business to the next level, check out BizLender online or call 855-433-8641. BizLender has been offering lending solutions since 2013, and emphasizes working smarter, not harder, by using technology to fund small businesses in as little as 24 hours.
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