So for the past few months, I've been working very hard. In fact, most weeks, I've been finding myself working all 7 days... to the point of exhaustion.
I know this doesn't sound like a proper work/life balance, and that's probably because it isn't, but when you're an entrepreneur, I've discovered that this shit just kind of happens sometimes.
The schedule of an entrepreneur isn't always predictable; some weeks you only have to work a few hours, and some weeks you have to work 80 hours (or more).
Furthermore, if you have a big goal you're trying to attain, you should expect that you're going to have to work very hard for an extended amount of time (usually because you're trying to figure shit out as you go and you're probably just making things up along the way.) I guess that comes with the territory of developing new things. The hours can be long and the risk can be high... but the reward can be AMAZING.
Anyways, even though I blog a lot about what I'm going through, I certainly don't expect my friends and family to read every post I write (hell, most probably don't read anything I write!) That being said, when all I'm doing is working, people don't see me or talk to me, so therefore they don't really know what's been going on.
As the saying goes, "Entrepreneurs must be willing to be misunderstood for long periods of time."
I have definitely been feeling this way for quite some time now.
Lately, I've been getting the feeling that many of my friends and family don't really understand why the hell I've been working so hard and why I don't just "enjoy life" more... "Life is short," after all.
Plus, I'm pretty sure people are starting to wonder why I continue to work so much when they see I'm already making a decent income, according to my monthly income reports. I imagine people probably think I'm all about "money, money, money" and maybe some people have even labeled me as "greedy."
I get it. I would probably think the same way, too.
Regardless, I have legitimate reasons for working as hard as I have been, and I'm going to try to explain what those are in this post!
This is why I blog... to try to give others an insight on what it's like to be an entrepreneur but to also organize my own thoughts and work through my own struggles. 🙂
3 REASONS WHY I'VE BEEN WORKING SO HARD LATELY
1. So I Won't Spend Money.
I've been trying to save as much as possible so I can pay off my debt sooner and also pay off my 2016 taxes in April.
I've always been pretty good at managing my money, but over the first few years of entrepreneurship, I managed to rack up $40,000 in credit card debt (I wasn't making much money at all my first few years.)
Now that I'm making more money, I'm trying to pay off my debt ASAP. I paid off half of it in 2016, so now I just need to try and pay off the other half this year, and then I'll be debt-free! 🙂
Also, since I've been trying to pay off my credit card debt, I kinda forgot to save up enough money to pay my taxes (a note to other entrepreneurs; make sure you save about 20-30% of your income each month to put towards taxes!)
They are due in about 2 weeks (from the date of this post), so I've been trying to save every penny possible so I don't have to add what I owe onto my debt!
I have been able to save up most of what I owe on my taxes over the first 3 months of this year, but I still have a good amount more I need to make in order to pay the rest. Plus, I gotta be able to pay my bills next month, so I GOTTA STAY FOCUSED!
Working also helps keep me out of trouble so I don't spend money on things that are more wants than needs, like clothes, going out to the bars, going out to eat, and traveling (these are all things I purchased too much of over the first few years of entrepreneurship and are what actually put me in debt!)
This instant gratification thing our culture has going on right now with all the online shopping, food delivery services, etc. is getting out of hand because we are all spending money that we don't necessarily have, yet we still put it all on a credit card because we believe that "life is short" so "treat yo self!" and "some day" we'll be able to pay it off when we've become "successful."
That's a pretty high gamble and I believe that most of us are literally buying into this "dream life" marketing scheme (I'm a perfect example of this!)
Bottom line: if you're stressed about money... stop spending it! It's amazing how much you can save when you really focus on not spending it.
2. I'm Trying to Make Progress in the Gym.
One of my biggest goals for this year, and something I've actually always wanted, is to achieve a certain body type (think Wonder Woman, or a mini action figure).
I've been working my ass off my whole life trying to achieve this but have never been able to figure it out how to do it.
Now I have someone coaching me and have already attained some pretty great results over the past year, but I still have a lot of work to do so I need to stay focused. I don't want to use any excuses, because they will only set me back, so I'm just sacrificing my time now until I reach my goal.
I figure if I don't go out to eat or go out and party, I'll stay home more, which helps me cook more, which helps me keep my diet under better control, which helps me attain my body goals faster. 🙂
3. I'm in the Middle of Rebranding My Business
Last fall, I decided that I wanted to do a total rebrand of my design and marketing business to be more of a resource for women who are looking to learn how to create their own business or blog so that they can ultimately create a lifestyle they love. I basically want to take all the knowledge I've gained over the past 4+ years and create a catalogue of how-to's and tutorials to help women create their own successful online businesses.
I work alone and so I have no one else helping me rebrand this. Everything I want to create is going to take massive amounts of thought and time, and I'm okay with it moving slowly, but I do have to work on it every week.
As I've been creating more and more content for the new site, it's only sparked my creativity even more! So much so that creating stuff has all I've really felt like doing (sometimes I even jump out of bed in the middle of the night with a big idea that I need to write down so I don't forget it!)
Creating is my passion, so why not harness this wave of creative energy while I have it and just flow with it?!
Also, a majority of my passive income is earned through Uber but I have no idea how long how Uber is going to be running their sign-up bonuses for. If that runs out, that's going to be a huge chunk of my monthly income... GONE.
So I need a back up plan.
And this is why I'm redesigning Whipped Dream.
I've discovered that I'm pretty good at figuring out ways to make passive income, so I'd really like to create my own products that bring in passive income because then I'll have more control over the income I receive.
If I make the time to set that up now, then I'll be more secure in the future and I'll be able to work a lot less!
The goal is to work smarter, right?
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