Sustainable entrepreneurs underrate a lot of things. It’s not all fun and games, but a ton of hard work. You’ve heard it all before, but you don’t believe it until you go through the wringer yourself. You’ll never know what it’s like to pick yourself and go after what you want if you just sit around telling yourself what if.
I know I’ve dropped off the radar for a little while, but I’ve decided to pick up right where I left off. Here are three things I wish I didn’t underrate when I started running a sustainable fashion business.
Top 3 Things Sustainable Entrepreneurs Underrate
You need money to make money, or at least have a lot of time to acquire the money and skills to make money out of nothing. So many new entrepreneurs fall into this trap. Have money saved up for your living expenses for at least 6 months. Otherwise, prepare to live at the bare minimum for a very long time while you get yourself going.
When I was starting out as a business owner, I was still in school and had a ton of student loans and living expenses that pushed me away from going after my dreams. Entrepreneurship is hard work, day in and day out. So many people tell you to just jump in and do the thing you love to do, and they aren’t wrong. Just make sure you have the funds to back yourself up.
Entrepreneurs underrate time. There is always enough time to get what matters most done. If you don’t prioritize your time, you will never have enough.
Focus on what you want to get done, and go for it. It’s okay to pull yourself in many directions, but if you don’t stick to anything, you aren’t progressing at all. Give yourself enough time to let yourself get good at the things you want to. We always want to fast forward to the part where we feel like we are on top of the world, but anything worth doing takes a lot of time and effort.
I am a massive introvert with acute social awkwardness. It was the hardest thing for me to admit that I can’t do anything worthwhile on my own. I spent the past year learning how to manage myself and my relationships with other people so that we can achieve a collective goal together. It wasn’t easy, and there were many times I wanted to cry and hand in the towel, but I’m so glad I stuck through it all.
The best things are accomplished together. Surround yourself with people who share the same vision as yourself and go for what you believe in. It’s okay to ask for help because you’re going to need it.