At the AMA yesterday with the RemoteIndian community, I was asked why I left my job at a unicorn (Unacademy) and instead started building a micro-SaaS.
My answer triggered me to write about it.
A lot of people quit their jobs to start a business for numerous reasons. There’s good reasons and there’s others.
I choose entrepreneurship as my path for this reason. I couldn’t fathom another way of life in the long run.
Here’s what you’re signing up for when you choose this lifestyle.
Our reality is a construct that operates under countless “rules”. For example, Friday nights are meant for partying and getting wasted.
There’s no 9-5 work hours.
There’s no “this is what’s supposed to happen”.
Forget all these rules. Pack them up and throw them all out a window.
Friday nights are when you might be supporting your customers as they are in-turn serving their customers the most on those nights.
You work during the hours that suit you best, ideally when your customers are asleep. You might start at 5pm and go on till 2am.
Your weekly holiday day might be Tuesday instead of Sunday. And it’s unlikely that your office-going friends would be available to grab a beer that day.
Get comfortable forgetting the rules under which you operated, and make new ones that give your life order in this chaos.
Everything that happens with my business is my responsibility. Whether it makes a million dollars, or it fails completely. It’s on me (and co-founders, if you have them).
Work and life blend into one. You can create boundaries, as you should for your physical and mental health, but as a co-founder or founder, you are likely to field customer inquiries even on a Sunday, or give customer demos at midnight (as I’ve had to do with DelightChat, which has brands signing up from all over the world).
There are many, many ways to get rich in this world. Entrepreneurship is one of them, but by no means is richness guaranteed.
You’ll see friends getting promotions, buying cars and whatnot, which would make it difficult. Meanwhile, it’s possible that you’re still barely paying your monthly expenses several years in. And you have to be prepared for that possibility.
When I embarked on this journey, I had decided that to give this at least 4 years before I could say that I failed.
After all, I spent 4 years in college. The least I could do was give my highest pursuit in life, entrepreneurship, the same amount of time before I could pass a verdict or give up.