You may think that you know what a typical day of an entrepreneur actually looks like. In fact, you think that you know because there are lots of stereotypes of it.

You may think that you know what a typical day of an entrepreneur actually looks like. In fact, you think that you know because there are lots of stereotypes of it.

In the last couple of months, I decided to show you how my typical day actually looks like. A typical day of an entrepreneur, of a founder. I called it Founder’s Diary and published it here, on this blog. I’ve been publishing one blog post per week. All of them were showing how my days in previous weeks looked like.

Now I stopped, as this project has been closed.

Why I wanted to publish such posts?

The reason is simple: I wanted to show you how the typical day of a typical entrepreneur actually looks like. And that it doesn’t look like what most people (people who never tried to build a business) may think.

Why I stopped publishing them?

‘Cause it didn’t make sense anymore to publish more. I showed what I wanted to show. Showing more of these days wouldn’t give you/teach you anything new.

Ok, so let’s answer this question.

What does a day of an entrepreneur actually look like?

Let me answer this using 5 “it’s not” phrases and one “it’s all about” phrase.

It’s not about traveling all the time.

As long as you are not an entrepreneur who’s building a travel business, entrepreneurship is not about traveling all the time. In fact, everything depends on the type of a business you’ve got; how much money you’ve got; how well-known you are. The type of business because you may do some kind of education business (e.g. workshops) and then – you may travel a lot to your customers. How much money you’ve got, because if you have a lot (e.g. you raised some money from a VC), you may attend to conferences or fairs. How well-known you are, because if you’re well-known and respected in some field – others (e.g. conference organizers) may invite you to speak.

All the rest of entrepreneurs do not travel a lot. They simply sit on their chairs and do… business. They build businesses in front of their computers without lots of traveling.

It’s not about partying all the time.

Sure, first-time entrepreneurs party a lot. Because:

  • They are young and young people often like to party.
  • They don’t know anyone in their industry yet and by attending to industry events they have a chance to meet the right people.

Second- third- fourth- time entrepreneurs don’t party a lot. They are focused more on building their businesses. They are focused more on building the product, marketing, sales and everything in between.

It’s not about having lots of $$$ on your bank account.

Yeah, that’s the worst stereotype of them all. People from the outside think that entrepreneurs have lots of money, they are rich. In fact, they are not. Most of them are not. Maybe 10% of all entrepreneurs are rich. 90% of them are not.

Successful entrepreneurs may be rich. Successful entrepreneurs may have lots of money on their bank account. Most of them don’t have enough money to pay all of their bills.

In fact, most of entrepreneurs are trying to build something big, by paying for everything from their own pocket. And they’re trying to save as much money as possible.

Employee no. 10, 20 or 30 of any half-successful web company earns more money than 70% of entrepreneurs.

It’s not about not doing anything.

In fact, entrepreneurs work hard. Because they need to. They have to. If they don’t work hard, they won’t succeed. And that’s what most of them want.

In fact, most entrepreneurs are multi-tasking machines. They work on everything. ‘Cause they don’t have anyone to delegate these tasks. They need to take care of building the product, marketing, sales, hiring people, firing people, all kinds of administration tasks, regulations, policies, accounting, customer development etc.

It’s not about doing exciting things for the whole day long.

For sure it’s not. Most of the things we do on a daily basis are kind of not exciting at all. We need to take care of everything. And lots of this ‘everything’ is some backstage things (such as building strategies, plans, reports, policies, administration tasks).

More than that, lots of things that we do on a daily basis we actually don’t like. But we need to do them, because without them there will be no business of ours.

It’s all about hard (and often boring) work. It’s all about finding a way to succeed.

For most of the time an entrepreneur looks for a way to succeed. In the meantime, he does whatever he must to survive.

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