Imagine somebody asked you to write on a piece of paper the things you love doing. If what came to mind was “partying, blind out with friends, going to the beach, affair new people, traveling,” you might ready to go on vacation or spring break.

If on the other hand, you wrote “learning, making decisions, listening, risk, selling, alive hard and architecture article from nothing,” you might be ready to be an entrepreneur. Through my experience I abstruse about the less alluring yet truly admired things entrepreneurs do with their time.

So if you’re cerebration about starting your own aggregation from scratch, here are the things you better love – or at least learn to abide on a daily basis.

1. Recruiting

Building a team is key to success. Of course, you want to work with rockstars (sans the diva factor) that accept in your vision, are easy to spend long days with, accommodating to take on risks and work hard for little pay. So does anybody else.

You are aggressive with other accomplished startups and, more importantly, with big companies and their large budgets for a scarce resource. This makes recruiting hard.

You’ve heard that investors “bet on teams.” This makes absolute sense since your artefact or idea might change. One thing you don’t hear as much is that investors look at your team to admeasurement up your adeptness to sell.

Founders need to sell, and your adeptness to sell your vision to good co-founders and advisers is social proof for the investors. It shows investors that accession else was accommodating to share the risk with you before you ask them to do so.

Look for teammates as you go and as early as possible. Not only will you access the odds of award ally beforehand on, you’ll also convenance your sales chops and get the realest acknowledgment on your pitch.

2. Fundraising


Ah, fundraising… some CEOs hate it, and some love it. Like aggregate in life, if you find you are good at it, you are more likely to enjoy it.

Bottom line is, the vast majority of startups raise alfresco money. Fortunately, you can bootstrap both artefact and administration with a lower budget than ever before.

Not anybody can afford to or wants to invest their own money (in accession to their time) into their startup, and many companies need alfresco allotment to scale. Once you are doing well, allotment feels less like asking for money and more like allotment it. But you might still need some allotment to help you get there.

Luckily, accelerators accommodate a good belvedere for blame off your fundraising efforts and there are more accelerators now than ever before (500 Startups, TechStars and YCombinator are some of the leaders).

AngelList is also a great belvedere that you can advantage to drive or track your fundraising efforts. Keep in mind that fundraising will be confusing to your artefact development and marketing. Not only because it takes a lot of time but also because while you’re fundraising, you think about your broker leads, intro requests, accessible affair and your pitch deck instead of the product, business and growth.

The silver lining is that fundraising is a great way to get feedback, meet abeyant admiral and help distill your pitch.

3. Chump support

You might be cerebration “we’ll outsource chump abutment because as CEO, my time is too adored to help barter figure out how to cross my site or retrieve their password.” Think again.

The reason you will do chump abutment is because you will bound ascertain how admired it is for acquirements from your barter about their needs and about your product.  There is no better way to do that than a real chat or live chat with accession using your product.

“Talk to your customers” is in startup rulebooks 101 for good reason. There’s so much value in talking to barter and more importantly, alert to them.

The educational value is just one reason you will be doing chump support. Another reason is because you might be the person that will do it with most heart, and we all want to Zappify our brand’s chump experience.

Will you be doing abutment forever?  Of course not.  Sooner or later you will need to let go and delegate, so you have more time to do more important things. But delegating and managing a job you’ve done is much easier than one you haven’t.

4. Tradeshows


Get ready for beaming lights, cher hotels, tradeshow food and spending long hours on your feet.

For most industries, tradeshows and conferences are important. They are a place to kick off or advance relationships with industry press, with other companies for partnerships, and depending on the industry, with buyers or vendors. They may even help you spark or advance friendships.

You don’t want to become a Conference Ho, but you better be ready to hit the floor a couple of times a year. When you look back, you might apprehend just how admired those trips were.

5. Working long hours

Thanks to Hollywood, some people think being an administrator is like the movie “The Social Network” where 20 percent of it is work and 80 percent action.

The absoluteness is, you must be able to grind 5x harder than you ever have while alive for accession else. My co-founder and I about work 80 hours a week. While we were at 500 Startups amidst by 27 other companies, we were abundantly afraid to find this is accepted convenance in Silicon Valley.

The admirable thing is if you do article you are amorous about, it doesn’t feel like work, it feels like an opportunity. It’s as if you are on a mission and time just flies.

6. Making tough decisions

When was the last time you had to make an important decision? As a founder, you are consistently hitting crossroads, where it’s on you to decide which road to take.

This happens with artefact (which appearance to build and which not), fundraising (if and when and from whom), partnerships, business model types, pricing, which advocate to work with, who to hire and so many more. You must learn to feel adequate making important decisions.

While you may have good admiral and brain trust around you, it’s on you to make the call and there’s often no clear right or wrong, or at least no way to know until much later. It’s easy to criticize other entrepreneurs or your accepted boss from the bleachers. But being a architect puts you ‘in the arena’ and that doesn’t happen every day as an employee.

7. Flying


I don’t know anyone who likes to fly. I do know two pilots who love their job. But both confided that they can’t stand flying as cartage either.

Thing is, not anybody will come to you and you’ll need other people’s help, abnormally when you are starting out. You’ll have to fly to tradeshows or conferences, meet investors, recruit, meet your arrangement employees, pitch at events and more.

One thing I’ve abstruse is to optimize for flight abundance (total flight length and ascent time, for example) rather than for saving $100. You won’t know where that $100 is in three months but your time, activity in those affairs and animation to not burn out will make or break you.

8. Being broke

The two primary paths of starting a startup are bootstrapping or adopting alfresco funding. Sometimes the former leads to the latter. When you are bootstrapping you are often living off accumulation and apparently aren’t taking a salary. After you raise alfresco funds you’ll take a salary but it apparently won’t be flashy.

Investors appropriately expect you to be advisable with their money. Either way, you’re absurd to be ‘living large’ during the first years of your startup.

It’s not aberrant in Silicon Valley for entrepreneurs with millions of dollars in the bank to live a humble lifestyle. So even if you’re cerebration of acceptable an administrator for the payout (and hopefully you’re not), be able to pay your dues.

9. Risk

If there’s one word that defines startups besides ‘growth,’ it’s ‘uncertainty.  You are always at the whims of the market, your users, your runway, investors and your hustle. It’s difficult to plan for the future when you don’t know if the thing that currently consumes your life will be alive in eight months.

Whether you’ll have growth or not next month. If that agreement you’re active with the business model will pay off or bite you in the ass.

Be able to advance thick skin and put on those blinders. Your goal is to stay focused on the mountain-top while accepting over the hump right in front of you and being able for the one hiding behind it.

10. Moving fast


Your most admired adeptness as an administrator is time. You are racing adjoin the clock trying not to run out of money, not to be beaten to market by competition, to abbreviate your befalling cost and to grow fast.

Since you apparently aren’t starting the adventure with lots of money, you will wear many hats. This leaves you with very little time.

I’m a artist and have had weeks go by after playing. I’ve seen my accompany and family less than I’d like. I’ve watched a scattering of movies in the last 12 months, when I used to watch a one or two a week (trailer binging is still accustomed though it’s about a accomplishing acting as donuts are to a good Italian meal).

Get ready to disappear, to go underground. Get ready to lose sleep. You know your accompany who afresh had kids, and aback they are never to be seen and always tired? Yeah, that’s going to be you if you embark on this journey.

Having a startup is like having a baby. But so many parents say, it’s one the most advantageous things they have ever done and would do it again in a heartbeat.

It’s one of the few times in life you’ll go so deep, you’ll get lost in it and return to the real world with a animation of wisdom in your eyes.

11. Acquirements new things

Learning is one of the most advantageous parts of being an entrepreneur. Statistically, most startups don’t succeed. However, what all entrepreneurs ‘win’ at is a huge new basket of acquaintance and skills.

Having to wear many hats – marketing, HR, accounting, pricing, biz dev, pitching, artefact administration and more, forces you to learn a lot in a short amount of time.

Fortunately, there is a ton of info readily accessible to you. The ability in the startup world today is one of accuracy and that’s an amazing advantage.

As apprenticed as I am for time, I spend a couple of hours every day account (and the rest of the day doing). You’ll need to be in output mode, but you’ll also get to be in input mode arresting knowledge, and that’s rewarding.

Founding a startup is like an MBA on speed with more doing and with real stakes.  It’s hard to choose only a few but some of my admired assets for accepting acquainted to ‘Startup thinking’ are:


12. Affairs confidently


If you don’t like selling, maybe business isn’t for you. If you don’t like speaking in front of an audience, you apparently shouldn’t become a CEO.

You will need to sell your vision and administration to your team, sell your artefact to your users and sell it all to your investors and accelerators. You will likely participate in pitch/demo days in front of an audience. You’ll be asked to do interviews (if you are lucky).

Don’t be a used car salesman, but don’t be too shy or it will get in your way. I always anticipation that Richard, CEO of Pied Piper from HBO’s “Silicon Valley” would have an uphill battle in the real world.

Even if you don’t have it naturally, being a architect gives you a great befalling build confidence. Not necessarily through success, but because you’ll learn to find and bring out that aplomb from within you very fast in order to stay in the game.

13. Dealing with Contracts, Legal, Accounting

If audition these words make your eyes roll to the back of your head, you’re not alone. Fortunately it’s easier than ever to get legal abstracts drafted and do accounting thanks to sites like UpCouncel, WaveAccounting, inDinero and the availability of legal certificate templates like the 500 Startups’ Kiss advance documents.  There couldn’t be an easier time to do this.

14. Adapting

One of the greatest things being an administrator can do for your appearance is teach you to adapt – to be open to data and feedback. Being adamant about your vision behindhand of new advice you learn can be a albatross to success. That’s an important part of the Lean Startup alignment that many in the startup world subscribe to.

You don’t want to be a flip flopper, but you do want to be open to adjusting your course. Being nimble is an advantage you have compared to bigger companies.

Big ships take longer to change their course. Acquirements to be wrong will allow you to find your way as a leader and a person.

At SoundBetter we always do experiments. We start with a antecedent about what might work and then make a point of absolution the data and chump acknowledgment have a real voice in free whether we were right or wrong.

As an administrator you are doing the work of a whole company.  In the early days you are active a triage and you will most likely find yourself delving in many of the things on this list. If you are fortunate, you’ll find one or two other people who will go on the adventure with you.

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Shachar Gilad is the Founder/CEO of SoundBetter – the arch exchange for music assembly services.

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