At the beginning of my journey, I was too dazzled by the startup world and tech billionaires.
I assumed that every startup founder would become rich and famous.
Of course, it’s wrong.
That’s when I realized that I started off the wrong way.
If you don’t have a startup idea that suits your values and your personal mission, you should start as a freelancer. Take time to discover your mission and your talents by doing various projects.
By doing you will be discover. Not by thinking.
That’s why I recommend to start as a freelancer and move down the other steps if you want. Freelancing allows you to build a portfolio, acquire basic business lessons and strengthen your soft skills. It also allows you to build an expertise, a network and so much more.
All required attributes for successfully starting a business.
And most importantly, you make money instantly. By offering a service, you’re in a position of invoicing people. At my first startup, it took us more than a year before we wrote our first invoice. Most startup folks think it’s normal. I think it’s bullshit.
Business is about doing business. If a customer pays for your product or service, it means that you’re delivering a value to him. Don’t wait to ask for money.
Don’t you want to be proud of your work?
Don’t you want to see that you work matters?
Consider money a simple transaction medium. Money indicates that you deliver value to other people — by solving a problem or satisfying a need for them.
AND going from being a student to becoming a freelancer is much easier than starting a B2B SaaS startups (as I did). I wouldn’t do it anymore as my first entrepreneurial step.
That’s only my two cents…I hope it helps you to make a career decision that suits your lifestyle and dreams. Remember: There are thousands ways to becoming an entrepreneur and building a business. Starting a startup is just one of them — and the most challenging one.
This insight is based on my work of trial and errors of the last 10 years.
You can read about my entrepreneurial rollercoaster in my three part story here …