It’s officially summer! Yay! And while others have started going on vacation, I find my workload slowing down for the summer. This, of course, is a welcome breather but after two weeks of having a slower pace, my mind started thinking about other business venues. Does yours do that? Why is one business not enough?
This question prompted some introspection and then last week, I encountered an old acquaintance and the first thing he said was “are you still doing a million things?” My answer was yes but it somehow made me feel like it was wrong to be doing more than one thing at a time. Why is that? I did some digging and, turns out, I’m not the only one.
So, the first question I wanted to answer is: why one business isn’t enough?
Personally, I’ve got two answers to that question:
- I just can’t help it. It’s not much of an answer I know but bear with me. Starting a new business is like falling in love. It’s that sort of intense rush for me and it just sort of happens and when it does, I can’t get enough of it, I can’t stop thinking about it, I can’t sleep until I’m in it up to my eyebrows… It’s what keeps me “alive.”
- It annoys the crap out of me when I have an idea and someone else puts it into play before I get a chance to.
I have new ideas every week that I would like to execute and see if it works. I don’t put them all into play because frankly, I don’t have the means to do so. So, I concentrate on the ideas I do have the means to build up and I also help others to get their ideas off the ground, which is as much of a thrill as doing it myself.
Don’t get me wrong; the hours are long, the decisions are hard and I’ve fallen flat on my face more times than I can count, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The second question is: am I the only one like this?
The answer is a big fat NO. In fact, many true entrepreneurs will tell you that having more than one source of income is a must if you want to make any kind of money. There are entrepreneurs who have only one business and are very happy with that and that’s wonderful… for them. And then there are the “serial entrepreneurs” or project junkies like me, who like to have more than one actual business / source of income.
I find that we are misunderstood by the rest of the world. We get shot down and bombarded with disapproval by those who have a self-employed or employee mindset, especially when you’re just beginning to play around with this.
I’m here to tell you to hang in there; build your business empire, go get ‘em! And if you need to chat, bounce ideas off someone, give me a shout out.
Until then, have a great summer everyone!