One of the key challenges in transition from employee to entrepreneur is being free of the 9 to 5. While this sounds exhilarating and shedding the shackles of cubedom equals true freedom it ain’t necessarily so. There is a bit of an adjustment period required to settle into life beyond the cube farm particularly early on when your office and home are the same place.
If you don’t want to work you don't have to. Many people really struggle with this aspect of running their own business. Having your own business requires a certain level of discipline to make sure you work when you have to and achieve results. The good part is you have the freedom to decide when to work ... the bad part is no matter what the stuff that needs doing has to get done.
Within a few months of running your business from home you quickly develop cabin fever and want to get out ... which usually results in going to the local coffee shop to work. You can also develop conjunctive pajama-itis. You really do need to get out of the house and build some sort of separation of work and home ... having work and home as the same place often doesn't work out.
On that note if you do want to get out of the house we have had two start-ups either outgrow the space or their students returned to France. We currently have a couple of hot desks available for immediate rental. Guaranteed to provide that separation of work and home.
“Not 9 to 5” means focusing on “results and adapting” to changing circumstance. It is less about the amount of time you put in and more about getting the job done.
- Ian Graham