When Dating/Being Friends with an Entrepreneur…

February 3, 2018

Hi friends! Happy February! It’s about time January got over!!

Since Valentine’s Day is this month I got the idea to do a blog somewhat related. I know from experience it’s honestly hard to be respected as an entrepreneur, the word itself has been ruined by what Gary Vee calls them “wantapreneurs”

There’s a big difference between having an idea and being an entrepreneur. To be honest with you, as I always am, having a business has both positively and negatively effected my relationship(s). I think this is a super important blog to read! Even if you’re the entrepreneur, I want you to read this and know that I understand how you feel.

***Note: please don’t take any of these tips as rude, I’m simply sharing what I know all young and old entrepreneurs are feeling most of the time, but they don’t have the guts the share it…I do ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

These tips are for both dating and being friends with someone who is an established OR upcoming entrepreneur.ย 

Yes this is a job.

Raise your hand if you’ve been told your business is a hobby and not a job *raises hand*

Whether your friend/significant other has money rolling in or a negative bank account, please know… it is their JOB. Speaking of money that brings me to my next point…

Our finances are cray cray

I’m coming from a humorous point of view, I don’t want to upset anyone. There’s this illusion that we have it better off lol don’t know where that rumor came from!

We are constantly re-investing what we make back into the business, so we are usually not swimming in cash.

here’s an example list of what I pay per month/year. Including the basics that you probably have too:

phone, car, business license, business insurance, business equipment, back-up equipment, memory equipment for backup files, editing systems, website domain, website design, website hosting, email list software, softwares that keep track of your clients, Excel sheets, employees, contracts, logo, business cards, packaging if you sell items, business taxes, regular taxes, and moreee

didn’t even go into office space or having a house and all those expenses.

All in all, you have stuff to pay for and so do we, so respect it.

Be happy for their small/big successes .

This is a big one for me, I feel like people tend to not be proud ofย  successes when you’re an entrepreneur. Whether it’s because you don’t think it’s a big deal or because you’re envious… well get over it. If they’re excited for your accomplishments, you should be for theirs! ๐Ÿ™‚

I know it’s hard to be happy for someone if they happen to be “ahead” of you. (They probably are in the same place) But I don’t want to live in a world where we aren’t proud of each other! Stick together! Entrepreneur or not, we are all important.

Respect our schedule, no matter how insane it is!

If you’re an entrepreneur, you’re technically working your “dream job” well…according to the world.

I always get a hard time if I complain about my schedule, just because I majority work from home. We work either early mornings, or really late nights…usually both…at the same time…and also during the day. Okay so 24/7.

We are sorry if we have to cancel plans, can’t make an event, or are simply too tired to grab lunch. We are literally running a single idea as a business, all by ourselves, gives us a break. Don’t not be with someone solely because they’re “too busy” don’t be selfish man.

If we aren’t in college, or didn’t go to college, that doesn’t mean our lives are automatically easier.

Mic drop topic! Okay so for instance, you’re a nursing student. First off, you rock! And I totally get it, you are studying for hours, you have hundreds of notecards, you literally hate me. I get it. I’m the girl who didn’t have to go to college, didn’t have to study, and I’m making money. I’m. the. worst.

I take pictures and sell clothes, you save lives. I’m nothing compared to you.

Look, if I respect your job, respect mine. Artist, nurse, teacher, gymnast, marketer, entrepreneur. We are all trying to do what makes us alive inside right? Let’s respect each other! You do you boo, I’ll do me.

We aren’t in college because we didn’t feel like it, we aren’t in college because we’re lazy or taking a shortcut.

The reason we aren’t in college is because we decided that we were going to take a big, fat risk…and go for it.

If you stick with us in the hard times, you’ll benefit in the long run. ๐Ÿ˜‰

entrepreneurs, ever notice when you start getting more successful you get a lot of people trying to sneak into your life? I mean I’m talking bullies from high school now wanting to friend me, bitter sweet I must say.

But the point is, good things come to good people! I’m constantly helping other business owners and they’re helping me. I know that when that person/business rises up, who’s the first to get something out of it? This girllll. Be friends with us crazy entrepreneurs! We are kind of awesome.

If you’re significant other/friend has some crazy ideas, like the #girlboss. You stick around and you’re looking at a rad future am I right?

let’s wrap this up

I’m not here to force you to do these things, or say you have to stay friends with that person.

All we ask is for a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T. I promise we’ll give it right back ๐Ÿ™‚

Stay awesome! Shout out to these amazing entrepreneurs who always respect my passions!

 

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  1. Brandee

    April 4th, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    I love this and needed this now more than ever! You rock!

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