Edward Tomasso took his first steps into the entrepreneurial realm when he began freelancing as a Social Media Marketer. This experience fueled his interest in entrepreneurship, which he continues with his own adventure photography business. Throughout the journey, he has encountered quite a few misconceptions about what it takes to be an entrepreneur.
At this point, the internet has become completely ingrained in our daily lives. Numerous industries benefit from this reality, with many fields solely existing due to the popularity of the internet. Freelancing in a variety of industries has become easier than ever. With the use of the internet, freelancers are able to work wherever, whenever. This has led to many freelancers becoming their own businesses, crossing the bridge from contractor to entrepreneur.
From freelance content creation to launching start-up strategies, entrepreneurship seems to be on the rise. But with its rise in popularity, the concept has become easily misconstrued, confusing onlookers and potential entrepreneur hopefuls. Here are some of the major misconceptions about entrepreneurship as a whole:
The Perfect Time Will Come
A lot of people seem to think that if they just wait, the perfect time to launch their business will eventually come around. But a seasoned entrepreneur who has enjoyed success knows better than that. Their experience has led them to realize that there will never be a perfect time.
Waiting for the perfect time to launch your idea or start-up can be far more detrimental than it is beneficial. Rather than waiting for the perfect time, direct your energy in a productive way! Without rushing your ideas or concepts, aim to launch your start-up as soon as you are ready to do so. Don’t wait for “tomorrow” to become “never!”
You NEED To Be An Expert
Many people believe that expertise and complete mastery are requirements of an entrepreneur. That is simply not the case. Many of the most successful entrepreneurs are jacks of all trades, rather than masters of one or two ideas. It is possible to learn about your industry, field or niche while you get the ball rolling for your start-up. Take in all learning opportunities from colleagues and mentors — these experiences will prove far more valuable than waiting to be an expert before jumping into your start-up’s field!
Being Your Own Boss Is Better
Sure, the idea of being your own boss seems pretty cool. You get to have all the freedom in the world! Right?!
Wrong! Although being your own boss offers you incredible opportunities to run with your own ideas, it is not necessarily better than being employed by someone else. For starters, being your own boss requires extreme dedication and focus. With no one to answer to, entrepreneurs sometimes struggle with staying on task. Unlike being employed, being your own boss actually leaves more room for error. When you take a risk that leads to failure, your safety net is nonexistent. This adds just as much pressure as it does freedom and liberation!
All in all, there are a lot of misconceptions about being an entrepreneur. Regardless, this exciting and rewarding path feels most suitable to freelance photographer, Edward Tomasso. Although the journey has largely just begun for Tomasso, he looks forward to his own entrepreneurial pursuits!