Does anyone remember that show on HBO “How To Make It In America”? It lasted two seasons and then got canceled because people thought it was trying too hard to be like “Entourage”. It followed two guys living in NYC, who were hoping to get rich by starting their own clothing line from scratch. Fast-forward to this past year, and the big show was “Silicon Valley”, another sitcom about a group of guys trying to make their Internet start-up the next big thing. There are a lot of TV shows about young people going off the beaten path to create their own business for a real good reason—the idea is incredibly appealing! I mean, who doesn’t want to be their own boss? The American Dream is all about making it big with a great idea, starting your own company, and doing things your way without having to answer to anyone else.
News flash: this is the American Dream for a reason. Having your own company and never having to answer to anyone is simply impossible. When you start your own business, the number one thing to remember is that you are never really your own boss, and you always have someone to answer to. In fact, when you decide to make that leap to start your own business, there are more people relying on you than at any other point in your life, and there are a lot of livelihoods at stake, meaning that you probably have even more people to answer to then when you were simply reporting to your boss. Be it your clients, your employees, or the bank, when you start your own company, your number one job is to make sure that everyone you work with is on the same page as you. If not, your company will go down in flames. If your client wants something done earlier, your employees are all complaining about their schedules. When you go through your bank statements and find that funds are low, as the one in charge it is up to you to find the solutions.
So what’s the reward? Is it worth it to be your own boss? Oh yeah, it really is the American Dream! If you are prepared and up to the challenge, it is pretty amazing when you are successful. Not only are you making a living on your own terms, but you also know that your hard work and vision are really appreciated by everyone involved.