If I have learned anything from my time as an entrepreneur, it is how to integrate Atayne into nearly any conversation. Just as it is guaranteed that I will bring the conversation around to Atayne, it is equally assured that someone will eventually say, “Tough time to be starting a company.”
No doubt it is a tough time to be starting a company. Although, is it ever really easy for the majority of us who are not children of millionaires?
But I don’t like to focus on the negative. There are many benefits to being a poor entrepreneur, especially in a down economy. Here is my top 10 list.
10. Free Beer. When people find out you recently launched a start-up, they insist on paying when you are out for beers.
9. Most basement living is rent-free. Since I started Atayne, I have lived in the basement of three different friends totaling almost 12 months of free rent. (Thank you all!)
8. There is such a thing as a free lunch. See number 10 for explanation, substitute lunch for beers.
7. People send you random gifts. One of my favorites is banana bread from an Atayne fan in Chicago.
6. No need to fret on a daily basis about the 50% decline in your retirement portfolio. Wait, what’s a retirement portfolio?
5. Working in your pajamas. No explanation required.
4. You no longer have to report to that jackass who knows nothing. You now are the jackass who knows nothing.
3. It is hard to beat the commute from bedroom to home office, especially on rainy or snowy days.
2. Free Beer. It’s a good one and deserves to be mentioned twice.
1. Zero concern of getting laid off due to corporate “right-sizing.”
For anyone who is inclined to start your own thing, it is never going to be the right time. The economy may be the excuse now, but fear will always help you find another reason in the future.
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”
So, consider taking that jump; you might find happiness in some unlikely places. After all:
“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.”