One thing at a time?Ha! You're kidding me, right? In reality, you're handling 100 things at once, and none of them well. But, have you ever seen those jugglers at the circus? Think of yourself as a business version of them. Sure, you might drop a ball or two, but eventually, you'll learn how to keep them all afloat (and with a little more flair, too).
Your home is your warehouseHave you ever seen "The Wolf of Wall Street" where Jordan Belfort turns his garage into a mini stock trading floor? Yup, that's going to be you. Not only will you struggle to have personal space to unwind, but you'll also probably wake up from a power nap to a knock on your door from a delivery person while wearing your pajamas. Embrace the madness, you'll be leaving your "warehouse" soon enough.
Different hatsYou know how kids have imaginary friends who they change and switch up during playtime? That's going to be you, but with hats. Operations, marketing, sales, HR - you'll be doing it all. Embrace the novelty of it all; soon enough, you'll get to hand those hats off and see your business blossom with everyone working in their respective roles.
The tight-knit crewYou know those big companies where no one knows anyone, and there's no sense of camaraderie? Well, that's not what you'll experience starting your business. No, by the end of this journey, you'll know each other's preferences, likes, dislikes - maybe even their cat's name. These bonds that you're building will carry you far in your business and might even turn into lifelong friendships.
Learning and enjoyingAt the end of the day, this process is a learning experience - and a fun one at that. You'll learn things that you never thought you'd care to learn, from navigating tax laws to how many cups of coffee it takes before you crash. And, in the end, you'll be able to look back and know that you've created something worthwhile, successful. The growth that takes place in a start-up is unmatchable to any other type of growth in the business world.
Starting a business can be a chaotic rollercoaster ride, but it is certainly one worth riding on. Embrace the madness, and soon enough, it'll be a thing of the past. Laugh at the hectic parts because someday, they'll make excellent stories to share at your company's holiday party. It's a process chock-full of growth that, while stressful, is an unforgettable adventure. So, hats off to all of you brave entrepreneurs - keep on keepin' on!