Be a happy entrepreneur in 2022

Being a happy entrepreneur is above all about being a happy human being who thrives in what he does. Many confuse success in business with happiness. However, always making more turnover will not make you happy even if it can be a source of satisfaction.

Integrate that you are going on an adventure

It is not for nothing that we speak of an entrepreneurial adventure. It is not because you are an entrepreneur that you will be immune to disease or that you will escape death. Entrepreneurship is above all to admit that you are embarking on the unknown and that you will most certainly get out of the classic routine of an employee. This implies that you will live moments of joy but also certain more difficult moments. To live well as an entrepreneur, you must be aware that you will be confronted with your limits but that you will also discover a potential that you ignore in many areas.

Change your conception of difficulty/failure

To fully live this adventure in a happy way, you must deeply integrate that there is no failure in entrepreneurship but experiences to live. Of course, you will have defeats and victories. Each of your experiments will allow you to see what works and what doesn’t. One of the reflexes to have remains to consider the difficulties or failures as tests that allow you to progress. Some difficulties will even allow you to exceed your limits, which is the case when, facing the wall, the entrepreneur decides to change his business model to move towards success rather than complaining.

Understand that you are not alone

Entrepreneurship is not an adventure that is lived alone. Whether we are talking about your partners, your family, your collaborators, your suppliers, your customers, your friends or even your service providers, you are probably involving a whole team in your adventure and many people who will be able to share it with you. Even if you are often alone to carry out certain tasks and that you can sometimes rely only on yourself, you interact with everyone. If you want to go further, all you have to do is get closer to the entrepreneurial ecosystem that could allow you to meet your peers.

Give your business a mission

There are professions which, by their reality, make sense. People in the service of health, education, the environment, for example, have inherent meaning since they contribute to the development of society and its well-being. Entrepreneurship consists in giving a mission to your company which goes beyond the simple realization of turnover.
Of course, you will find it difficult to do this if your business is involved in lottery games or if you sell weapons or operate in a polluting sector. But, it is you who will determine the project you want to develop even if often the idea comes from an opportunity that you have detected.
To understand your company’s mission or at least give some meaning to its mission, you need to focus on why people will buy your service/product. Do not dwell on the functionality but rather on what it brings. To take just one example, Blablacar not only organizes low-cost journeys but brings together families who could not afford it without this service.
To give meaning, you have understood, you have to create it or put it forward. You must therefore be in dialogue with your employees and discuss with them in order to share the company’s mission and make sure to recruit those who adhere to it and wish to achieve this objective.

Be consistent with your values

If you want to be happy as an entrepreneur, you can’t ignore writing down your values, black on white, or at least respecting them in each of your decisions. Entrepreneurs hardly all have the same profile and wanting to put them all in the same basket, as many articles do, is contrary to all common sense. As the values ​​are personal, it would be irrelevant to give you a model that you will follow to the letter. It must be said that entrepreneurship remains a story of diversity of profiles and aspirations. Some choose to evolve in a sector that is linked to their skills and diplomas, others take over the family business while some choose a sector that they find promising. The reasons for undertaking are just as varied since some become so because they have difficulty finding a job, while others decide at the end of their career to use their experience to create the business they long dreamed of… And the list is far from exhaustive. However, whatever your company, it should not carry out actions against your values. Otherwise, you will quickly come into contradiction with yourself and you risk quickly wasting away. The greed of always wanting to win always more or simply the arrogance of wanting to be at the top of the bill will not make you eternally happy. So you need to ask yourself questions like: What are my values? Once defined, note that any decision of your company must be in line with them. You can ask your employees to do the same to find out if the decisions they make are in line with the company’s mission.

Do what you want!

Even if at the time of creation, you will probably find it difficult to recruit and therefore to delegate tasks, being an entrepreneur means, in the future, choosing what you are going to do or not do. At first you will touch everything except if you have decided to go on the adventure with associates. In this case, choose the tasks that you particularly like and not necessarily those that fall within your previous skills. Thereafter, you will have the opportunity to delegate tasks. No doubt: to be happy, you must start with the ones you hate unless they bring you a real plus. This delegation does not necessarily intervene in the same way in all cases. It can take on several aspects depending on whether you have a company that has only a few employees or a company that has many employees. Delegating can quite simply involve calling on freelancers or self-employed people for tasks that you do not want to perform yourself. The biggest difficulty will then remain to control your budget to do as much as possible what you like. Be careful though because the longer you wait, the more difficult it will be for you to delegate tasks because you will be used to carrying out some of them as you like to do. You can quickly fall into the trap of thinking that “no one does it better than you”.
Take into account that delegating does not mean that you will find your clone but that this one can do with his methods, his character to obtain the same result as you, even ideally a better one than you who are often on all the foreheads. Delegating is above all observing and clearly detecting the skills, but also the potential and the personality of the person who will take charge and let them act without exercising surveillance, which will only result in the failure of the delegation.

Automate what is redundant/boring you

To be happy, no doubt! You have to quickly identify what bothers you and automate these tasks as quickly as possible. Admittedly, this is sometimes a temporary waste of time, but in the long term, you will save a lot of time and above all be happy not to do these tasks anymore. You will not be able to escape all the redundant tasks that you do not like (neither you nor your collaborators). Putting systems in place as quickly as possible that do those that are time-consuming and without added value for you is almost a good practice. You will save time and you can focus on what brings value to the company or what you like. You will, of course, sometimes have to invest to achieve this automation or take the time to train yourself to know how to use software. You won’t regret it so do it.

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