A lot of the stories I read these days about young entrepreneurs make it seem like they have some pretty awesome lives. Especially now that we’re in the age of the start-up, every month or so there’s some new kid with an app that’s valued at a billion dollars(re: Snapchat). That seems like a lot of money for only a little bit of work but that experience is pretty atypical compared to most other entrepreneurs. The media tends to glorify a lot of successful individuals and dangle that lifestyle within our reach because people want to believe that could be them. The millionaire entrepreneur profiles we constantly see on TV and radio are popular because they give us hope.
We all like to think that with enough hard work that could be us some day on the other side of the camera. But once you realize that a billion dollar valuation for your dick-pic app probably isn’t in the cards, the true burden of entrepreneurship will start to sink in. It’s not that you don’t stand a chance at success when you’re on your own but it is much more difficult than working a day job for someone else.
I don’t consider myself an expert in either field(day job or entrepreneurship) but I have done both and I’m doing both currently. So I think it’s fair to say I have some experience and knowledge when it comes to comparing entrepreneurship to working a day job. [Read more…]