An Open Letter to Everyone Who Asks Me, "What Do You Even Do?"
When you're a twenty something who works from home, people make SO MANY assumptions about what you do. I've been called a stay at home wife, a jobless mooch, a lazy person, and a liar. Let's clear this up.
So, you stay at home all day, like a stay at home wife?
No. I am not a stay at home wife. I work the same, if not more hours than my husband who has a labour-intensive job. It just happens that I can complete my work tasks from the comfort of my own home. If I can wash a dish in between client inquiries, managing orders, and maintaining all other aspects of my business, I will.
For everyone asking, this is what I do all day: I run three businesses.
For those of you who don't know, I own & operate a jewelry shop, a stock photography store, and my main business, Aceti Design Co. Each business requires a lot of effort to stay afloat, especially since I am my only employee. As the owner of these businesses, I am in charge of:
- Target marketing & surveying
- Advertising / Promoting
- Social media scheduling
- Website/shop maingenance & growth
- New products
- Maintaining & Updating existing products
- Product photography
- Expense logging
- Managing orders
- Responding to all inquiries
- Streamlining order processing
In fact, my businesses have become so busy that I've recently hired an assistant to help manage the workload. If I wasn't running successful businesses, how would I have the budget to pay an assistant?
What I want people to understand about young entrepreneurs is that we (most of us) aren't lazy. Yes, we have the ability to work from home in our yoga pants, but that doesn't mean we're just loafing around all day eating chips and twiddling our thumbs. In my opinion, running your own business takes more effort & courage than any other career, especially when your friends and family don't support or understand what you do.
If you take anything away from this, let it be if you have a friend/family member that wants to be an entrepreneur, don't squash their dream. Don't put them down for being "unrealistic." Nurture their passion and help them get their business off the ground.
If you know an entrepreneur who works from home and think they sit around all day, stop assuming and start asking. Ask them what they do. I'm willing to bet if you sat down and listened to what they have to offer, you'll think much more of them. Who knows, you may even be inspired enough to start your own business!
How do you deal with negativity? What would you say to those who doubt your abilities?