It takes work, but it's worth it.

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This post is the seventh in a series of seven about entrepreneurship. When we sat down to think about entrepreneurship for women, several themes continued to come up in our discussions about struggles that women (and men) come up against when starting their own businesses.

This post comes from Emily, and is about how being in business for yourself takes work, but it's totally worth it.

It takes work! But it’s worth it.

Whoever told you that being in business for yourself was easy is lying. What they were right about is that it is totally and utterly worth every second.

When you run your own business, there are no days off. You don’t get to call in sick. And you certainly can’t just show up for the paycheck.

What you get is the ability to choose how you spend your time, who you work with, and what you focus on.

I can honestly say that I work more, spend more time in front of a computer, pour over every detail of my website, and talk on the phone more than I ever dreamed possible.

And you know what? I am happier than I have ever been.

I am more satisfied in my career. And I am a more positive person all around. All because I love what I do.

When the going gets tough, tap into your why.

What was it that got you all hot and bothered about running your own business? What was it about this idea that has stuck with you longer than any other? And why on earth would you want to risk everything just to give it a go?

The answer to those questions is your WHY.

It's the very reason you're doing what you do. It's easy to remember when you first take the leap into entrepreneurship, but can get lost in the shuffle of to-do's and action plans as you get into the thick of running your business.

Whenever you're feeling stuck or like you are missing the mark, revisit your why. It may be the difference between closing up shop or soaring.

Don't take my word for it. Take theirs, too.

Here are two great articles about from The Fluent Self on the real pro's and con's of working for yourself:

New to the series? That’s okay. You can find the other posts here: