You might actually be a solopreneur. What is a solopreneur? The Urban Dictionary defines it as “An entrepreneur who works alone, “solo,” running their business single-handedly.” You can read more from the Urban Dictionary here.
The purpose of this post is to give you 3 quick things that suck about being a solopreneur. I learned these pain in the ass issues from being a solopreneur myself. In fact I am currently working a little more than 100 hours per week solopreneuring a kiosk minimart in a shopping center on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.
1.You are in it alone.
Sure some people might help you for free because they “love” you but when the going gets tough free help can not be counted on. Usually paying people is the only way to ensure they will work hard under uncomfortable conditions. If you never have uncomfortable conditions you are not making a lot of money. If you create high numbers sooner or later difficulties arise. It is called SOLO preneuring this reason.
2. Interacting with non-entrepreneurial people.
In the solopreneur world many of us get here because no one around us has the entrepreneurial mind with us. We have learned from real life hard lessons that our friends and families are employees. We have tried to show them the light. However employees deep unconscious motivations are 100% opposite of us solopreneurs. As a solopreneur we assume responsibility for absolutely EVERYTHING (Again the name says it all SOLO – preneur). We feel we can and are willing to do everything.
However a person is an employee because they are unable or unwilling to be 100% accountable for everything. They look to others to be accountable for them. Job security is secured for an employee by someone who creates so much security for themselves that it radiates out to others in the form of granting someone else a job. It indeed is a grant. Without someone giving the employee security they have nothing. When they have nothing the tend to do anything but create something for themselves. As a solopreneur it sucks to be sounded by these people working hard to avoid accountability for themselves as we actively seek becoming for accountable for ourselves.
3. Few people to share excitement with.
This one took a long time for me to deal with. I would be super excited about something and if I shared it with someone the person generally responds with anything but “Wow! That’s awesome! I am happy to hear it! Tell me more!” One interesting thing about employees is that they tend to pretend that they know about business. However deep inside they fear actually being in business thus work for others. Many times when hearing the successes of people actually doing it something inside them needs to rationalize their reality and ends with stifling the excitement I was just sharing. Overall this has left me learning how to keep things to myself. Sucks but I prefer business success over having people to talk to!