What Successful Entrepreneurs Don’t Tell You
Successful entrepreneurs like to talk about their successes and where their businesses are now and how much money they are making. This can be quite tempting from an outsider’s view to join the entrepreneur hustle. Most entrepreneurs forget to tell us just how hard it is to have a successful business. I have learned this the hard way and this post will be about my journey as a young entrepreneur trying to make it.
My current business, an online smoke shop (The Oven Company), opened in December 2017, but I have been working on making my business a reality since August 2017. I invested about $1200+ into my business so far. The money went into getting the correct legal documents, Shopify, merchant services, and inventory. I had worked all summer to save up enough to make my dream a reality and now the actual reality has hit me. This shit is hard. It’s not easy. This path is not for weak-minded people. If you want to be successful, you really have to work for it- you can’t give up. Successful entrepreneurs forget to tell us the hard times that they had to endure in the beginning. Most of them only talk about the now, instead of the past when they were struggling.
I remember when I decided that I wanted to open a smoke shop. I was already interested in the industry already, but what really pushed me to do this was reading Smoke Cartel’s AMA on reddit. Smoke Cartel talked about how basically they were very successful in their first year and by their second, they were able to open up a physical location. I continued to do some more reading and read that Dankstop made 5k in their first month in business. I’m not saying that I opened this business for the money, but I think that most of us want to escape the corporate 9-5 reality. I started The Oven Company, because of the money potential AND because I really don’t want to become a sheep of capitalism. I don’t work for anyone- I’m a terrible employee, I want my work to have some meaning, I want to have financial freedom- that’s why I went down this path.
I also went down this path to hopefully make a little money while in college to pay off of some of my student loan debt, so that my younger brother can go to college. My parents took out so much money for me in student loans, now the bank won’t let them take out anymore by the time my brother needs to go to college. My brother might not be able to go because of me. I did all of this mostly to lower my debt and it’s depressing that my business isn’t really going anywhere now. I just want to fix my situation and it feels like I just dug a deeper hole for myself. It’s only been a month since I’ve been open and I’m trying to keep a positive attitude.
I wish successful entrepreneurs would tell us about their struggles more. This would make a lot of people think twice before joining the entrepreneur hustle. I also wish that consumers would stop seeing businesses owners as money hungry people trying to take all of their money. Most of us are just trying to make it.