Living a Day in the Life of an Entrepreneur:
Running a company isn’t always glamorous. It’s not as fancy as the entrepreneurs’ Rolex watches or BMWs? In fact, it’s often downright monotonous. However a well-planned routine leads to efficiency and creates a sense of security inside of an organization. There’ll be loads fire drills and crazy days, but in general, that’s what a day looks like for entrepreneurs.
Whether they like it or not, business owners end up wearing a lot of hats. A day in the life of an entrepreneur might include sales calls, marketing meetings, client lunches, press interviews and dozens of other things that advance the progress of the business.
But being an entrepreneur isn’t all about big, forward-thinking strategic moves. There are many smaller tasks that need to be addressed to keep the business going.
So, without further ado, here is a typical day in the life of an entrepreneur…
Please note that the typical day for all entrepreneurs cannot possibly be the same. But we’ve listed out the most common and obvious routine details.
7 – 8 am – Wake up at somewhere between 7 – 8 AM depending on what time they went to bed the previous night. Roll out of bed and switch on the computer to start the day. Before even getting out of bed in the morning, the first thing entrepreneurs do is grab the phone to see all the missed calls, text messages, and emails that they need to respond to. They usually respond to everything while lying in bed. Most of the emails are from people asking for help, people asking for money, or people who are looking to meet up or schedule a call.
8:00 am – Hit the gym (depending on the time available). The workouts aren’t that rigorous and mostly include some light weights, treadmill while watching TV, and steam room to relax. After the workout, comes the bowl of cereal for breakfast while reading the newspaper.
9.30 am – Getting dressed up for the day. From showering to styling the hair, spend around 30 – 45 minutes every morning getting ready while watching some news on TV.
10.30 am – It’s time to communicate with the world. For almost two hours in the morning, try to talk to potential clients and other entrepreneurs to figure out how can the company’s revenue increase or more cash can be drawn into the business through other means.
12.30 pm – Lunch time with the team members and employees. It is also sometimes with perspective clients on a regular basis. Many meetings don’t result in more revenue, but still have a big impact on the business. Quite often, entrepreneurs don’t get the time to have lunch, so their assistants have lunch ready for them.
1.30 pm – It is mostly having all-team meeting in the conference room to get up to speed on what everyone else is doing. Sometimes, this time is also utilised for a little break so that they don’t get burned out.
3 pm – Since a few hours of phone calls during the morning aren’t enough, the next two hours are spent on phone calls or in-person meetings.
5 pm – This time is truly the highlight of the day. Take long walks with an employee every day as it’s a way of connecting with people and less intimidating. Many creative ideas come out of these talks. When there’s no time for walks, simply get back to checking random emails, going in for the sale, sharing vision for the future and trying to close deals.
7 pm – Handle some of the larger strategic deals that don’t fit into any category. Sometimes this means doing demos or crafting presentations.
9 pm – Dinner and some ‘me’ time. Whether it’s writing blog posts, hanging out with friends to relax or watching TV, this time is used for refuelling.
11 pm – Communicate with the world again. If still awake, which they usually are, entrepreneurs end the night heading back onto the computer and complete more web work and answer emails if any have come through during the evening. Stay online until about midnight and fall asleep in front of the computer screen. That concludes the day.
Running a company is not a 9-to-5 job. Entrepreneurs’ schedule is not very defined and they consequently tend to work 7 days a week. In today’s environment where entrepreneurship is often idealized, there is still a bit of mystery surrounding exactly what a modern CEO does on a daily basis. Everyone is different, of course, and we can’t speak for everyone.
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