I Will Choke One-out-of-Ten Advice-Givers
StartupStella - is she fiction or is she entrepreneurial fact?! Welcome to the wry world of Stella, a home-based hoot who graces the pages of StartupNation with her rants, observations and twisted advice, reflecting the realities of what life is really like as a home-based entrepreneur.
Here are some fun snapshots of my life.
Do you know what’s the worst thing about starting up a home business, besides the two weeks my husband is on vacation and decides he wants to help me? I’ll tell you: it’s the “helpful” advice that you get from your so-called friends and family members, all of whom usually wear suits.
You know the worn-out advice…
“Well, Stella, you know that only one out of ten startup business is ever successful.” I started mine up nine times just in case.
“I’d hate to start up a business in this risky economy…” Yeah, it would be much better to be laid off in a risky economy.
“Nothing succeeds like success.” See. I don’t even know what that means.
“Get a real job.” That’s right. Running your own business isn’t real, is it? And I’m a CARTOON. Do you know how hard it is to find a real job as a cartoon character?
And last but not least: “Make hay while the sun shines.” What? Who makes hay anymore? Do you really make hay, at all? Is there some new mechanical process through which one could make a crop of hay.
All I’m saying, Starter Uppers, is be careful who your advisers are.
Did I just give you advice? Crap.